To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans the Government has to tackle the potential challenge of recruiting polling staff due to the fact that a high number of polling staff are retired or elderly and in the at risk category under covid-19 guidance.
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people who are symptomatic of covid-19 and instructed to self-isolate (a) on the day of the May 2021 local elections and (b) the day before those elections are still able to cast their vote.
Primary legislation states that the elections will go ahead in May 2021.
We continue to work closely with the electoral community, including electoral suppliers, and public health bodies to resolve challenges and ensure everyone will be able to cast their vote safely and securely - and in a way of their choosing.
Measures are planned to support absent voting at short notice. Guidance will be published in good time ahead of the polls and this matter will be kept under review. The House will be kept updated.
The Government has also engaged with the Parliamentary Parties Panel to ensure that views from political parties are taken on board.