Preparing for the storms ahead
As communities face a triple threat this winter of COVID-19, councils’ precarious finances and potential flooding, Sharon Kemp urges the Government to empower councils to be responsive to the problems ahead.
Slow with the flow
When residents of Stroud were offered a concrete dam as a solution to their flooding problems, councillors and the community pushed for a more natural solution, says Kathy O’Leary.
The benefits of digital aid
Charles Skinner argues any proven off-the-shelf system that can join up many players during incident and emergencies under a digital umbrella must be worth serious consideration.
EXCLUSIVE: Jenrick admits no science behind flooding threshold
Local government secretary Robert Jenrick has admitted there is no science behind a threshold that determines whether councils receive cash to cope with flooding.
Budget 2020: Flood-hit areas to share £200m defence fund
The money will go to 25 areas based on criteria including repeated flooding.
Climate emergency: adaptation
Councils must lead the development of localised climate change adaption and resilience, through both action and policy, says Jo Wall of Local Partnerships.
Budget should prioritise local resilience to climate change
The first Budget of a new Parliament provides an excellent opportunity to prioritise the mitigation of the impact extreme weather events have on our people and our places, says Sharon Kemp.
Hoping for more certainty in the new funding world
In budget-setting and medium-term financial planning you can continue to see local government doing its best to respond, says Adele Taylor - but she hopes more certainty 'will allow us to create an even more sustainable environment for communities'.
Wright pushed out of Shropshire
Chief executive Clive Wright has been pushed out of Shropshire Council by the leading Conservative group after eight years as head of paid service.
Government bats away Bellwin criticism
The Government has batted away fresh criticisms of the 37-year-old Bellwin scheme after one of the wettest winters on record.
Jenrick activates Bellwin after storm
Local government secretary Robert Jenrick has activated the Bellwin scheme, providing emergency financial assistance for councils affected by Storm Dennis.
Government activates emergency Bellwin scheme for storm-hit areas
Local government secretary Robert Jenrick has today activated the emergency Bellwin scheme for areas in the North of England affected by storm Ciara.
EXCLUSIVE: Government rejects pleas for flood recovery funding flexibility
The Government has rejected councils’ appeals for more flexibility over funding for flood recovery.
Government urged to unshackle northern leaders to tackle flooding
The Prime Minister must act now to prevent more devastating flooding in the north of England, a think-tank has urged.
EXCLUSIVE: Councils hit out at 'unfair' restrictions on flood repair funding
Councils are being burdened with the cost of supporting flood-hit homes and businesses due to a lack of flexibility in Government aid, it has been claimed.
Future Forum North: Emergency planning needs boost amid climate change concerns
Emergency planning training needs to be improved as we face more frequent extreme weather conditions, Rotherham MBC’s assistant chief executive has said.
Councils to make case for further Government flood funds
Local authorities are lobbying Government to provide support for flood-hit families and small businesses whose insurance does not cover the costs of their recovery.
Leaders seek huge rise in flood funding
Councils have approached the Government for financial assistance as costs mount for flood-hit communities.
Recognising the role of people power
Local communities are often the first responders in an emergency. Mike Adamson explains how the British Red Cross' new report calls for their role to be enshrined in law and help ensure a human-centred approach to disaster response.
Councils help Doncaster after sandbags plea
Councils clubbed together after desperate Doncaster MBC put out an urgent request for 20,000 sandbags amid warnings that communities could become cut off by flooding.