The government has announced free parking for health and care staff during the coronavirus outbreak.
Matt Hancock, Health and Social Care Secretary, has said Government will cover the costs of providing free car parking to NHS staff working in hospitals, and the Local Government Secretary has agreed local councils will also offer free car parking to all other NHS workers and social care staff.
The Health and Social Care Secretary is urging all NHS Trusts to immediately abolish parking charges for their staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under these new measures - agreed by Local Government Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, all councils in England and the Local Government Association - critical key workers will also be able to use council parking bays without time restriction or charge.
Local Government Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said, 'Our NHS staff and social care workers are working round the clock to save lives and should not have to worry about the cost or time restrictions of parking.
'Which is why I’ve agreed with the LGA and councils in England to provide free car parking, on council owned on-street spaces and car parks.
'By working together we are able to support these heroes as they play a front line role in our national effort to tackle the coronavirus crisis.'
The changes will apply to all on-street parking and open, council-run car parks, including pay and display, and will suspend charges for health workers, social care workers and NHS volunteers.
Councils will set up local arrangements so NHS and care workers and volunteers can provide suitable evidence that they can display in their windscreen to ensure they avoid parking tickets.
Counsellor James Jamieson, Chairman of the Local Government Association, said, 'Already, many councils have suspended parking charges in council-run car parks and for on-street parking and have waivered all fines on appeal for critical workers.
'Councils agree and have worked with Government to develop this scheme that now means no health worker, social care worker or anyone volunteering for the NHS, should have to pay parking charges as they tackle the coronavirus and support communities.
'These critical workers are all doing vital and highly-valued work to support the most vulnerable in our society and councils want to do all they can to support them.'
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