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.
Liam Hanrahan, Head of Community Engagement, outlines how Mayo County Council’s Community Engagement Team are coordinating the overall response to the Covid-19 crisis, unifying all the Mayo efforts into a comprehensive network.
The Coronavirus Act 2020 has wide implications for businesses, individuals and public authorities and has introduced unprecedented emergency powers, not seen outside a war. This briefing provides a summary of and comment on the Act, focusing in particular on the provisions relating to social care.
This briefing provides an overview of what councils and partners are doing, at huge speed, to mobilise volunteers and set up community hubs and provides suggestions and examples of good practice.
We will be publishing regular finance round-ups over this period – covering developments relating to Covid-19 but also other finance announcements. This is the first round-up.
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.
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.
The commercial determinants of health: how corporate decisions shape local health outcomes, and what councils can do about it
The relationships between companies selling unhealthy products and population health are known as the ‘commercial determinants of health’. We consider here strategies local government can adopt to tackle commercial determinants to improve the health and wellbeing of local communities.
Food for Life Scotland – using public sector food services to deliver on health, climate and economic priorities
Soil Association Scotland’s ‘Food for Life Scotland’ programme supports local authorities across in serving sustainable food in schools through an award scheme. This briefing highlights the key learning opportunities, as well as examining more broadly the role of local government in delivering public sector food that complements public health, environmental, and local economic priorities.