The blog this week is by Simon Goacher of Weightmans LLP. A Corporate Partner of LLGPublish date: 26/05/2017
This week has been overshadowed by the horrific events in Manchester. It is impossible to conceive of the grief and anguish of the family and friends of those people who went to attend a concert and were killed or injured. We send our sincerest condolences to all of those affected. The response of the emergency services and the people of Greater Manchester and beyond has been truly inspiring in the most distressing of circumstances and shows that a great city will never bow to terrorism.
The terrible attack in Manchester led to a suspension of the general election campaign. The campaigning has now begun again and many of you will have much work to do to prepare for the polls. I had the pleasure of working on the administration of a number of general elections doing most roles from a humble poll clerk and counting assistant to deputy returning officer. It is undoubtably one of the most important things local authority officers can do; the democratic process literally cannot work without you. It can be thrilling to be at the heart of it all, the close counts, the marginal seats the big personalities. But it can also be an extremely stressful time with huge pressure to deliver flawless results with limited resources and often no sleep. I wish all of you working on the election the best of luck. I am sure you will do your usual professional job, even in trying circumstances.
Before campaigning was suspended the focus of the election was on the future of social care. This is one of the most important issues affecting local government and society. Whatever the outcome of the election I hope that the new government engages with local government to design a solution which can work. This is a difficult issue and it needs the best of those working in the area to come together to solve it!
I hope you all have a good and peaceful bank holiday week-end.
Simon Goacher, Partner, Weightmans LLP
Weightmans LLP are a Corporate Partner of LLG