Laura Sharman 16 December 2020

Report praises local authority and volunteer partnership during COVID-19

Report praises local authority and volunteer partnership during COVID-19 image

A new report has praised the way local authorities in Wales worked with the third sector to protect vulnerable people during the pandemic.

The Welsh Government report found councils responded rapidly to support non-shielding vulnerable groups and individuals.

It also found the pandemic led to an increase in volunteering at a local level, with new forms of volunteering emerging.

Minister for housing and local government, Julie James, said: ‘Support workers in local authorities and the third sector have been working tirelessly to support some of our most vulnerable people during this pandemic.

’While it’s clear that some challenges remain, it’s encouraging to see that new and existing partnerships have worked so well in mobilising local support.’

The report does recommend that more support is needed to improve digital skills and access among vulnerable and disadvantaged groups.

One year on, councils will be central to recovery image

One year on, councils will be central to recovery

After an extraordinary year, council staff are exhausted, worn down and facing further cuts, says Heather Jameson. But she has no doubt they will continue to rise to the challenge 'whether it is in an office, at home or on a laptop anywhere'.
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