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3 July 2020

Publish date: 03/07/2020

Who would have thought at the time of the LLG Awards in 2018 in London, we would be facing a global pandemic, mostly working from home, and operating under current lock-down restrictions. Of course, 2020 was supposed to be the first time we held the Awards at the Spring Conference (WES) in April, but obviously that could not take place. Never willing to be deterred however, last night saw our LLG Virtual Awards 2020 showcased live, and we were delighted so many of you could join us. An upbeat mix of live presenters, videos, competitions and of course the winners! It was a big night for the London Borough of Brent, Warwickshire County Council, Birmingham City Council and Derbyshire Dales District Council. It was also a very special evening for Dennis Hall, formerly of Gateshead Council (before his retirement), who received the LLG Lifetime Achievement Award for his years of dedicated service to local government law and governance. The sheer number of non-remunerated, elected positions Dennis has held over the years (and indeed continues to still hold) is extremely impressive, so a very deserved award for him and many congratulations.

A big thank you to our corporate partners who, juggling webcams, were deftly able to join on cue and present the awards. You can find all the details of those receiving awards and commendations together with coverage of the evening on our website and at @llglegal #LLGAwards2020 on twitter. If you missed it, the Awards are available to watch on demand together with all our other webinars here.

Turning attention back to the day job, LLG are seeking views on the LGA's consultation on the draft member code of conduct. This is a one-time opportunity to really push for effective change in the sector and build on this platform to influence outcomes. Please use the Monitoring Officer and Governance Forum and/or contact me directly with your views. Our National Lead for MO's and Governance, Helen Lynch, will be leading on our response and you can view Helen's news piece on the SAA page of our website. The Board of LLG are meeting today to discuss its approach and methodology to the draft code and more updates will follow.

Next week our CEO, Deborah Evans, will be away on a well-deserved break and I will be hosting the Wednesday webinar on Licensing and the Business and Planning Bill. I am delighted to be joined by Stephen Turner (director of LLG and all-round licensing genius) and Tim Briton (National Lead for litigation and licensing and all-round top guy), together with a guest barrister soon to be announced. Monday, Dennis and I will be joined by Deputy Vice President, Rachel McKoy for the LLG Grapevine Podcast which I for one am looking forward to.

Don't forget if you cannot join us live you can always catch up on demand!

With best wishes

Helen McGrath

Head of Public Affairs