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Home Office preparedness for Covid-19 (Coronavirus) - deadline for accepting submissions extended

25 March 2020

The Home Affairs Committee recently launched an urgent inquiry to look at the preparations the Home Office has made for dealing with Covid-19 (Coronavirus).

The Committee took oral evidence from representatives of the Immigration Services Union, the Police and the UK Border Force on Wednesday 18 March.

The deadline for submitting written evidence has now been extended to 12 noon on Tuesday 21 April.

You can submit evidence here: call for evidence

The Committee is particularly interested in the issues set out below. Please note that submissions do not need to address all these issues.

  • How police and fire and rescue service business continuity plans are being designed to best safeguard the public and emergency service workers;
  • What trade-offs will have to be made by police if a significant number of officers are unable to work at any given time, and the potential impact of those decisions;
  • How the Home Office and its major contractors are working together to ensure the safe and effective operation of contracted services is maintained, particularly where these services affect vulnerable people;
  • Whether Border Force is sufficiently equipped to deliver any additional functions required of it during a period of heightened vigilance, and with reduced staffing;
  • How Police forces will support each other if mobilisation tactics, or other forms of mutual support, are compromised by the imperative to limit the possible spread of the virus;
  • The preparedness of forces to support Local Resilience Forums during a possible civil contingencies emergency;
  • The effectiveness of Home Office communications to its partners, responders and the wider public about its preparations. 

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