Social distancing doesn’t have to be anti-social. How are communities in your area interacting while staying safe?
Voluntary and community organisations are already supporting communities through COVID-19. At the same time, many grassroots mutual aid initiatives have sprung up, linking people who need support with volunteers. The civil society response has been heartening but COVID-19 presents exceptional challenges to the sector and its impact may be long-lasting.
Home working is now compulsory for many people. LGIU associate Keith Crampton offers some pointers for managing teams remotely during the Covid-19 crisis.
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.