Emergency planning

  • Learning from the emergency life cycle

    10 October 2018

    When it comes to emergency response there are ‘no second chances’ says Stephen Baker of SOLACE. The organisation has linked up with the LGA to launch a new guide to learning throughout the life cycle of emergencies


  • Stronger together

    04 September 2018

    A year on from the Parsons Green train bombing, Kim Dero explains how Hammersmith & Fulham LBC is joining forces with the community to plan ahead for emergencies.


  • Don’t leave cyber security to chance

    01 August 2018

    When it comes to cyber security, it is time we prepared for the worst before it’s too late, writes William Benson.


  • Private leaseholders need assurance over Grenfell cladding

    24 July 2018

    Leaseholders are enduring a miserable existence with properties rendered worthless because they have similar cladding to the Grenfell Tower. Paul Wheeler calls on the Government to act.


  • Countering terror locally

    20 June 2018

    With the announcement of the Government’s CONTEST counter-terrorism strategy following on from other major reviews into policing and safety, Mark Conrad looks at what it all means for local authorities.


  • Preventing another Grenfell

    13 June 2018

    On the first anniversary of the Grenfell tragedy Lord Porter explains how the Local Government Association is working with the Government to stop this from happening again.


  • Grenfell: Refurbishment turned fire-resistant building into flammable one

    17 April 2018

    Kensington & Chelsea RLBC has come under pressure once more after a leaked report blamed a low-grade refurbishment for the deadly blaze that killed 71 people.


  • Councils told to be on guard post-Salisbury

    03 April 2018

    Council bosses have been warned to weigh-up risks of fresh attacks from ‘hostile states’ following the Salisbury poisonings.


  • Kerslake review praises council response to Manchester bomb attack

    27 March 2018

    Local government’s response to the Manchester Arena bombing was ‘by any measure exceptional’, but key mistakes must be avoided in future, an official review has found.


  • Fire safety: Tougher action needed on private owners, MPs say

    07 March 2018

    Labour and Conservative MPs have come together to demand the Government does more than just ‘urge’ the private sector to pay for remedial measures to make tower blocks safe from fire.


  • Push back over major disaster response

    28 February 2018

    The Home Office is battling against the clock to convince regions to take on responsibility for responding to major disasters.


  • Council HQ caught up in gas leak alert

    23 January 2018

    Staff are returning to work at Westminster City Councils offices in the Strand after being evacuated due to a gas leak in central London.


  • Transparency, good record-keeping essential in emergencies

    06 November 2017

    Transparent decision-making and good record-keeping are essential in times of crises, a local government specialist at law firm Bevan Brittan has advised councils.


  • Leader defends K&C’s response to Grenfell

    25 October 2017

    Kensington & Chelsea RLBC’s leader has launched a striking defence of the ‘incredible response of staff and councillors’ to the Grenfell Tower fire.


  • Decreasing Whitehall’s dominance

    05 July 2017

    Lord Porter makes an impassioned case for devolution, arguing local and central government cannot deliver more than the sum of their parts without urgent reform.


  • Dealing with disaster

    05 July 2017

    Disaster management expert Richard Stokoe considers what went wrong in Kensington & Chelsea after the Grenfell tragedy, and how other authorities can avoid making the same mistakes.


  • A tribute to the unsung heroes of public service

    28 June 2017

    In the shadow of a series of national tragedies and the loss of her father, a town councillor, Sandra Dinneen delivers a heartwarming tribute to those who serve day in and day out within their communities.


  • Grenfell fire impact reverberates through sector

    22 June 2017

    Camden LBC evacuates residents as councils fail cladding tests while Kensington & Chelsea RLBC chief executive, Nicholas Holgate, resigns following criticism over the local authority’s response to the Grenfell Tower fire.


  • Tower blaze council under attack

    21 June 2017

    Kensington & Chelsea RLBC and the Government have come under attack, with difficult questions about the Grenfell Tower fire remaining unanswered this week.


  • Councils come together to help Grenfell Tower relief efforts

    20 June 2017

    Hounslow, Bromley, Ealing, Southwark and Westminster LBCs will help Kensington & Chelsea RLBC by contributing resources to ensure victims are provided with the necessary support.