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Councils not consulted, notified, alerted to guidance – yet again

Janet Sillett, LGIU’s Head of Briefings, writes on the government’s failure to clearly communicate with local government regarding Covid-19 guidance and around vaccines, as well as a lack of local involvement and accountability from central government. 

England & Wales Blog Post

Longford County Council’s award-winning adoption of remote working technologies in the face of Covid-19

Longford County Council’s innovation and leadership in adopting digital technology to allow councillors to continue to serve their communities throughout the pandemic, including being the first municipal district to hold a virtual meeting in 2020, led to them picking up the award for “Outstanding Initiative through the Municipal Districts” at the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local…

Ireland Blog Post

A year of Sundays

In this blog LGIU’s Kim Fellows explores the cycle of emotions associated with enduring a year during the pandemic, from the sadness of seeing grandchildren grow up through a window, to worry over the future of the country and inequality of impacts, to hope at the resilience of communities.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post

In Conversation with… Jacqueline Cassidy, Place2Be

LGIU’s Alice Creasy talks to Jacqueline Cassidy, Director of Place2Be for Scotland and Wales. Place2Be is a children’s mental health charity with over 25 years of experience working with pupils, families and staff in UK schools.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post

In the eye of the storm

Jonathan Silver is the Head of Clinical Engineering at a major London teaching hospital trust. These are extracts from a personal account he has been writing of his experiences in an intensive care unit throughout the pandemic.

England & Wales, Global Blog Post

You are on mute

Local government has been a key partner of both the NHS and central government in tackling the pandemic, reflects Alan Waters, Leader of Norwich City Council. He looks back on a tumultuous  year and considers the direction that post-Covid recovery might take.

England & Wales, Global Blog Post

Canada Bay Connects

One year on from when COVID-19 first hit, the City of Canada Bay takes us through some of the ways they adapted to the pandemic to maintain access to community services and keep citizens connected and supported through the last 12 challenging months.

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Keeping rough sleepers safe during the pandemic

A year ago the government ordered ‘Everyone in’ and accommodation had to be found for all rough sleepers. Aline Clayson, Rough Sleeping Navigator at Southend on Sea Borough Council takes up the story for us.

England & Wales, Global

Here is our story

Karen Campbell was writer in residence for five months last year at Dumfries and Galloway Council, hearing the stories of frontline workers and creating a lasting record of their service to their communities during the pandemic.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Blog Post

Jo Whiley: The Marcus Rashford of the learning disability world

Jo Wiley’s campaign has made sure that people with learning disabilities are treated fairly and given priority for the Covid vaccine. Steve Palmer hopes this can usher in new thinking about learning disability across all areas of life.

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