As part of the government’s national strategy to reduce infection from COVID-19, every council in England was required to create a local outbreak plan by the end of June and to create an elected member-led Local Outbreak Engagement Board.
Walsall Council Cabinet considered the arrangements for a Local Outbreak Engagement Board on 17 June and, at the meeting of the Health and Wellbeing Board on 23 June, the creation of a sub-committee as the Local Outbreak Engagement Board was agreed. The purpose of the board is to provide political ownership and public-facing engagement and communications in relation to an outbreak response.
The Local Outbreak Engagement Board meets regularly to provide assurance and public engagement in plans to prevent and manage outbreaks of COVID-19 in Walsall. The chairman is the Walsall Council Cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing and members include the Director of Public Health and representatives from the NHS, police and One Walsall. The meetings are livestreamed on YouTube and the public are invited to view.
Members of the public can ask the Local Outbreak Engagement Board questions which are within its remit and it will be answered when the board next meets. You will need to submit your question at least seven clear working days ('clear' days excludes the day of the submission and the day of the meeting) before the meeting. The reason for this is so that a reply can be prepared to your question in time for the meeting.
You can submit questions to the Local Outbreak Management Board in the following ways:
For Local Outbreak Engagement Board meeting dates and details, please follow the below link to the council’s Committee Management and Information System (CMIS). Public documents for each meeting are available one week prior to the meeting. Links to view online meetings are available by the meeting start time.
CMIS: Local Outbreak Engagement Board