To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Operation Yellowhammer HMG Reasonable worst case planning assumptions paragraph 20, what four local authorities have been identified as priority concerns, which Ministers or Departments identified those local authorities; and what the decision making process was by which those four local authorities were selected.
The four local authorities were identified as areas that might be most affected by road congestion, have ports or have publicly self-identified as struggling to balance their in-year budgets. Officials from the Department have engaged directly with the Directors of Adult Social Services in the four areas. This equipment has provided assurance that good levels of contingency preparations are in place. We are unable to name the four local authorities concerned as they have not given the Department permission to do so.