Update - Wednesday 8 April 2020

Implementing this year’s triennial revaluation

We continue to get inquiries about implementing the triennial revaluations carried out last year and which are due to take effect in the current financial year. 

Each case is different so we cannot propose any one particular course of action. However, we do note some options for you to explore below:

  • As per previous advice, we note that councils have time to change their rates remission and postponement policies if that will help.
  • Councils can also make rating decisions that are inconsistent with their revenue and financing policy, so long as they do so in a manner that complies with section 80 of the Local Government Act 2002. You can access section 80 of the Local Government Act 2002

We are available to discuss implications and options for individual councils if that will help. Our contact for this is Keith Miller.

Wet wipes campaign

The Ministry for the Environment are taking the lead on and working up a campaign on wet wipes.

The draft content has been passed by the Response Unit’s wastewater leads and has met general approval.

The campaign is expected to launch over Easter.

COVID-19 Local Government Response Unit: summary of who we are, our purpose and work

We have pulled together a summary of the purpose and work of the COVID-19 Local Government Response Unit which you, your elected members and staff may find useful.

Please distribute or display the attached A3 as you consider appropriate.

All-of-Government Advice: Easter

Easter is almost here.

You need to stay in your household, stay home and stay local.

You can still celebrate Easter with your loved ones, Church, or community using video chat, email, texting or calling.

Supermarkets will be closed as usual on Good Friday (10 April), but will be open on Easter Sunday (12 April).

There is no need to panic buy. The closure on Good Friday will give staff an opportunity to have a well-deserved rest and give supermarkets the chance to restock their shelves.

All supermarket staff will be able to say no to working on Easter Sunday. 

All of Government COVID-19 response public information

The all of government communications team are now sending a daily COVID-19 email update for the public. You can subscribe using this link and share it as widely as you like. 

Community leader and communications managers can subscribe to the AOG daily FAQ updates by emailing with your name, company and role.