Emergency planning

  • Let’s deliver a long-term local resettlement system

    18 May 2022

    Schemes to support refugees must exist around a core, standardised resettlement programme that has a multi-year commitment and specific targets and a variety of housing strategies, says Yvonne Kachikoti.


  • Dover to ‘review involvement’ with forum after days of chaos

    06 April 2022

    Dover DC is ‘reviewing its involvement’ with Kent Resilience Forum (KRF) following days of traffic chaos.


  • Honouring the Ukrainian spirit

    15 March 2022

    The events in Ukraine have provided a timely reminder of how important our democracy is and how much we can lose. And, as Dr Jonathan Carr-West explains, councils have a vital role to play both immediately and further beyond back on home territory.


  • Crisis planning in a time of change

    15 March 2022

    We are now considering the impacts that the war in Ukraine may have on our local places, alongside the cost of living crisis, says Kersten England. It’s time for the Civil Contingencies Act to pivot its focus, she believes.


  • Creating critical mass for emergencies

    15 March 2022

    As Integrated Care Systems gear up to take on new Civil Contingencies responsibilities, Ruth Tennant sets out four key points for them to reflect on, and examines the risks in the system.


  • Local government’s response to Russia’s war on Ukraine

    08 March 2022

    Local government has a crucial role to play in how we as a nation stand by Ukrainians and resist a hybrid war being waged against us all, says Cormac Smith.


  • Ready for the future

    02 March 2022

    Mike Adamson explains why it is time to refresh the Civil Contingencies Act, and strengthen the duty on local resilience forums to collaborate with the voluntary and community sector.


  • Major incidents declared over COVID

    07 January 2022

    Local resilience forums covering Northamptonshire, Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent made the announcement today as the spread of the Omicron variant led to rising demand for services and reduced staffing levels.


  • 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.