Local leadership is vitally important during this crisis, but, writes LGIU’s Head of Briefings Janet Sillett, so too is democratic accountability and scrutiny.
The call for volunteers has been made, but what role do councils play in coordinating them? A call for practice examples.
LGIU’s Alice Creasy writes on the phenomenon of city-dwellers ‘escaping’ the novel coronavirus by heading in droves to the countryside – provoking anger from rural communities who are already struggling with the outbreak.
Thousands of local government staff are working from home, but can you achieve the same results in splendid isolation? Neil Merrick, a freelance writer and LGIU associate, takes a light-hearted look at making the home your office.
The homeless are particularly at risk. Andrew Walker found out what Southwark is doing during the crisis and urges government action to ease the strain.
We talk to new-ish councillor Steve Bridger who’s helping to build community support during the pandemic and another councillor Robert Lamb who is carrying on an extra year following the postponement of the local elections. We hear from Ruthe Isden of Age UK about what we can do to help the most vulnerable. Our Chief…
Local government and COVID-19: new announcements, service updates, democracy, the council as employer
Two days is a long time in a pandemic. Since we published our first coronavirus briefing much has happened. This briefing updates members on new government announcements and key services, and looks further at the implications for communities and local authorities of the Prime Minister’s 16 March statement.
Coronavirus affects everything local authorities do – as community leaders, public health authorities, education authorities, employers, partners and service deliverers. This is the first of two briefings considering the wider leadership role of local government, the implications for communities and services, and at advice and support. We have made all Covid-19 briefings available to Members…
Cancelling local elections was undoubtedly the right call but it’s not without consequences. Jonathan Carr-West looks at the impact on governance and democratic legitimacy.