After all that we endured in 2020, I hope that first readers managed to enjoy a well-deserved break during Christmas and are feeling refreshed and ready for the challenges that 2021 will no doubt bring.
Happy new year to everyone working in local government.
As I write this, I never thought I would be so pleased to see the back of a year as I am 2020.
Happy new year! I hope everyone was able to take a break over the festive period.
As we approach the end of 2020, it is time to reflect on what we have learned from the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the start of this crisis, everybody in local government heard the same message from the Chancellor – that councils should do “whatever it takes” to tackle coronavirus.
We are working more from home and, sorry to say, for longer periods of time.
Our Independent Group members have been very clear on what is needed from the Spending Review, starting with certainty. Thus, the Chancellor’s statement covering only one year falls short.
Without doubt, the coronavirus pandemic has made us re-evaluate our relationship with the environment and has led us to identify the associated threat of biodiversity loss and climate change.
Many in local government welcomed the announcement of the new tier system a few weeks ago, hoping that it would bring simplicity and clarity to councils, residents and businesses subject to restrictions.