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Covid-19: Age Friendly and the local authority response to a pandemic

Ireland’s status as the first ‘Age Friendly’ country is indicative of the commitment that exists in all partners, as led by the local government sector. Covid-19 is a virus that disproportionately affects older people, so Age Friendly structures are key to providing an effective response, as explored in this briefing.

Ireland
Members & Followers

Managing from the eye of the storm – the municipal response to Covid-19 in Madrid and Barcelona

Spain is currently one of the countries most seriously affected by the Covid-19 epidemic. Despite the robustness of its national health service and the enforcement by police & military of strict social isolation rules, according to the official sources the country has now over 110,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and close to 10,000 people have…

Global
Members & Followers

Business Continuity Plans – What is needed in the current emergency?

Australian councils have had a difficult summer season, with many communities facing drought, bushfires, flooding and the Covid-19 pandemic in quick succession. This briefing explores the rationale, process and contents of a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) to address some of the longer-term operational challenges that councils are facing as a result.

Australia
Members

Seanad Election Results

The counts for the elections to the 26th Seanad across the various vocational and university panels took place throughout the week from Monday 30th March to Friday April 3rd.  This briefing covers the results in depth.

Ireland
Members

Grenfell: What have we learned so far?

The Grenfell taskforce, set up by the government, has published its findings on what progress has been made to ensure there is no repeat of Grenfell in a residential tower block or any other building.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members & Followers

Auditor-General’s report into development contributions: Will it trigger a review?

In this opinion piece, Dr Marcus Spiller, SGS Principal & Partner and former National President of PIA, provides a review of the report and puts forward the case that the report could be the trigger for an effort to equip Victoria with a modern contributions system which is both friendly to business and more revenue…

Australia
Members

Budget March 2020 – implications for local growth and devolution

Although quickly overtaken by the full-scale Covid-19 crisis response, this briefing explores the March 11th 2020 Budget indicators of the Johnson Government’s long term ambitions for local development, levelling up and devolution pending a Comprehensive Spending Review now expected later in the year.

England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland
Members & Followers

Coronavirus: How local government communications can make a difference

Clear advice from councils is helping people negotiate Covid-19. But how can they best ensure it reaches residents and business? We look at some of the issues local authorities face and highlight good practice from around the UK, including use of social media as well as websites.

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland