Government’s ‘top down’ approach hindering LRFs
Poor communication by the UK Government of crucial changes to coronavirus policies is a central problem being experienced by local resilience forums (LRFs), says new research.
Ready for a restart?
With local resilience forums being hampered by factors outside of their control, Solace spokeswoman for civil resilience and community safety Kirsten England asks if a complete reset is needed in central-local relations.
Concerns over Cabinet Office door knock canvass
Concerns are mounting that electoral canvassers will be forced to knock on hundreds of thousands of doors despite the dangers of the coronavirus pandemic.
Difficult questions lie ahead for Government and the sector
Graeme McDonald says we have some important decisions to make and a challenging new future to plan for. Will Westminster fulfil its promises and cover the full cost of the crisis for local councils?
LGA 'rapidly refocuses' improvement work
The Local Government Association (LGA) has ‘rapidly refocused’ its improvement work to help councils deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Necessity is the mother of invention
Solace has shown a willingness to take advantage of the opportunities that digital presents the sector, most recently using current technology to ‘virtually’ recruit for Adur and Worthing Councils. Steve Guest explains.
We are ready to track and trace
The Government is planning a national track and trace scheme as we enter the next phase of the pandemic. But no single body is best placed to do this alone and local government stands ready to help, says Paul Najsarek.
Town hall rich list branded 'inane and distasteful'
Attempts to criticise local government salaries have been branded as ‘both inane and distasteful' by chief executives’ body Solace.
Getting through the greatest challenge of a generation
Dealing with COVID-19 is ‘an incredibly tough challenge’ for council leadership, says Joanne Roney – and the resilience needed nationally can only come from empowered and sustainably funded local authorities.
Our role will be refocused around resilience
Beyond the initial emergency response, we must ensure communities can emerge and re-establish themselves strengthened and renewed, says Graeme McDonald.
We will do everything we can to save lives
The national COVID-19 emergency is seeing the very best of our councils and our workforces and we have a ‘unique and vital role to play’, says Martin Swales.
The work of local government has become ‘even more urgent’
The coronavirus pandemic is highlighting ‘the very best of councils and our workforces’, according to president of Solace UK Martin Swales.
Former Solace chief takes crisis pay cut
Former Solace president Jo Miller has taken a 10% pay cut as her council launched a range of measures to support local people and businesses amid the coronavirus crisis.
Jenrick urges councils not to delay on coronavirus spending
Local government secretary Robert Jenrick this week urged council leaders not to put off decisions because of money in their response to the coronavirus pandemic.
There is still plenty for this Government to ‘get done’
The Budget package does not give councils any certainty over funding for the short to medium term, let alone the long term, and failed to address much-needed reforms to social care, says Solace spokesman for finance Martin Reeves.
Be more than just good at your job
Nicola McCoy Brown says that while she hadn’t reached her third decade of work ‘without knowing the mechanics’, ADEPT’s leadership development programme in partnership with SOLACE has given her ‘a wider network, learning and reinvention’.
Scottish councils’ improvements ‘stalling’
Spending on culture and leisure, economic development, and roads all fell by around a quarter last year, according to a study.
NAO to probe one-off Government funding pots
The National Audit Office (NAO) is to probe the effect of the Government’s shift towards one-off and short-term funding initiatives.
‘We must do more than tinker at the edges’
The system needs a truly sustainable multi-year financial settlement to ensure children and young people with SEND get the support they need, argues Phil Norrey.
What will Boris do next?
The new Government will need the sector’s help if it is to stand a chance of delivering the party’s ambitious domestic agenda, says Graeme McDonald. 'But the sector can only help if it is operating from a position of strength'.