Sunday 31 May 2020 / 11:47 AM Local Government / Steve Reed

Labour launches three point plan to get test and trace working locally

As Council leaders charged with delivering the new test, trace and isolate system warn that the test and trace scheme has been launched before it is ready to contain local outbreaks, Labour is proposing a three-point plan for making test and trace work in local areas:

  1. Make sure councils have necessary powers to play their role in enforcing lockdowns in their area as needed to respond to local spikes in infections
  2. Introduce a Covid Test Guarantee: A double-lock that no one will have to wait more than 24 hours to receive a test and then no more than 24 hours to receive the results
  3. Deliver a working app that will enable councils to contact everyone at risk – with a cast-iron guarantee to the public about the security of their personal information

Steve Reed MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, said:

“Test and Trace is the key to easing lockdown restrictions safely. But instead of the “world-beating” system the Prime Minister promised us by 1 June, the system is in total chaos because the Government got the planning wrong.

“Yet again, the Government has been too slow in tackling the virus. They were too slow with the lockdown, too slow on PPE distribution, too slow on testing, too slow to protect care homes and now they’ve been too slow to involve councils even though they had the expertise and knowledge ready to hunt down this virus street by street.

“The Government must now follow Labour’s three-point plan if we are to end lockdown safely. If they get test and trace wrong, the country risks another catastrophic spike of infection that will lead to a second lockdown with all the untold damage that will mean for lives and livelihoods across Britain.”