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Council welcomes extra funding for local authorities to develop new COVID-19 track and trace plans

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Devon County Council has welcomed today’s Government announcement (Friday 22 May) that local councils are to play a central role in developing new local track and trace plans for their local areas.

Councils will receive a share of an extra £300 million to help establish these local plans, which will include coordination and management of infection control, tracking and tracing, and local testing arrangements.

Devon County Council will also be one of 11 national Beacon Councils – the only one in the South West – and help lead and share good practice across the region.

Photo of Cllr John Hart sat at a desk
Cllr John Hart

“This will put us at the centre of the local response going forwards,” says Council Leader John Hart.

“We told the Government we’d be interested in being one of their pilot areas and I am very pleased that we are to be a Beacon Council and help lead this work in the South West.

“We will now be at the forefront of responding and managing the outbreak at a local level. And if there’s a hotspot in a town or village we’ll be able to get onto it swiftly before it spreads too far.

“The vast majority of Devon people have behaved with great sense and responsibility throughout the pandemic and that’s meant we’ve had the lowest number of outbreaks by some way throughout the crisis.

“We can now build on this effort and extend the work we have done together as Team Devon to protect and support the most vulnerable.”

To read the Government’s announcement in full, visit their website.