Emergency planning

  • Councils offer the solution for crisis-hit Britain

    29 September 2021

    Heather Jameson says that without a central Government solution, local government will carry on its firefighting 'but it can’t be at the expense of tackling some of the longer-term issues – and no issue is bigger right now than climate change'.


  • Ministers urged to ensure council staff have access to fuel

    28 September 2021

    Ministers have been urged to introduce emergency measures to ensure local government workers continue to have access to petrol amid the UK’s fuel crisis.


  • Through turbulent times – let’s celebrate leadership

    10 August 2021

    Penna is proud to sponsor the Senior Leadership Team category as part of The MJ’s annual Achievement Awards. Julie Towers reflects on the impressive calibre of senior leadership demonstrated by this year’s finalists.


  • Chief execs – a vital part of change

    07 July 2021

    The strategic leadership role of council chief executives in wider health and care systems is often under-appreciated, says Paul Najsarek, but if the Government wants to deliver meaningful change then they will have a crucial role to play.


  • Combined authorities advised to ‘revisit’ devo deals

    29 June 2021

    Combined authorities may need to ‘revisit’ devolution deals to help regions recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Islington’s core COVID support

    02 June 2021

    The We are Islington helpline acts as a ‘one-stop shop’ for local people in need – and the same listening approach is now being used to get vaccinations to all residents, say Cllrs Una O’Halloran and Sue Lukes.


  • Successful leadership – top five emerging themes

    02 June 2021

    Jes Ladva at Odgers Interim gives his assessment on the key leadership skills developing in local government for a bright post-pandemic future.


  • Why diversity matters in an emergency

    19 May 2021

    Jehangir Malik of Emergencies Partnership explores the crucial role diverse communities played in the COVID-19 emergency response and why they must be at the heart of crisis management.


  • In emergencies, we need to plug the gaps in the social safety net 

    10 May 2021

    Discretionary cash support must be included in the toolbox for any major emergency response, says British Red Cross hardship fund programme manager Alex Ballard.


  • The case for virtual meetings

    27 April 2021

    Jackie Weaver – star of Handforth Parish Council’s viral meeting – argues the case for stepping out of the dark ages and allowing councils to hold their meetings online.


  • Shielding scheme took too long to identify up to 800,000, says PAC

    20 April 2021

    MPs have hit out at the Government’s ‘quickly drawn up’ COVID-19 shielding programme for taking too long to identify up to 800,000 people who may have missed out on help.


  • From recovery to social repair – the role of community in post-disaster recovery

    12 April 2021

    In each community there are mechanisms, innovation and forms of support that must be listened to and engaged with directly if urgent and sustained recovery from COVID-19 is to be a success, says Emily Morrison.


  • Running the relay marathon

    08 April 2021

    Over this past year the ability to recognise which type of leadership is appropriate to which stage of the crisis has been crucial, says Jo Davidson. She highlights the need to think in three time horizons, through to the very long-term.


  • Leading through a most peculiar crisis

    29 March 2021

    Strategic director of communities and reform at Oldham MBC Rebekah Sutcliffe looks at the impact of the pandemic on local leadership and integrated partnership working.


  • One year on, councils will be central to recovery

    17 March 2021

    After an extraordinary year, council staff are exhausted, worn down and facing further cuts, says Heather Jameson. But she has no doubt they will continue to rise to the challenge 'whether it is in an office, at home or on a laptop anywhere'.


  • Flood recovery funding calls rejected

    02 February 2021

    The Government has ruled out releasing national funds for flood recovery in the wake of Storm Christoph.


  • What can the vaccine roll-out learn from test and trace?

    25 January 2021

    John Atkinson and David Nabarro say the vaccination programme should combine the scale and capacity of national approaches with a need for precision – and that local government is the critical layer in getting this right.


  • Hand in hand to collaboration

    25 January 2021

    Sir Bob Neill says a local, bottom-up approach has already shown itself to be the way forward for test and trace, ‘and central Government must now place its trust in local leaders to expedite the vaccine rollout’.


  • Help pledged for councils fighting floods

    21 January 2021

    Local government secretary Robert Jenrick has promised to back councils as they tackle flooding in the wake of Storm Christoph.


  • Planning for when the blight lifts

    15 January 2021

    Westminster City Council’s leader Rachael Robathan says the central Government funding system to help businesses stand on their own two feet must be in place when lockdown eventually lifts.