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24 September 2021

Publish date: 24/09/2021

Governance issues come to the fore when Local Authorities are stress tested by external pressures such as pandemics and financial strictures. Indeed, the heroic, united response at the beginning of the pandemic now requires a longer-term strategy as we move, via vaccines, to a new way of being and take stock of the longer term economic, welfare and well-being impacts.

In this new era, we're faced with complex questions to resolve; how does decision making, centralisation and levelling up interplay in a post pandemic world? What have we learnt from our emergency response? How do we build sustainable futures and what role can authorities play in combating climate change? How do we address inequalities? How do authorities effectively respond to the acute public health challenges and social care crisis?

On the 4th November, LLG will take its first steps toward in-person training and networking with our LLG Governance Conference at the Moller Institute in Cambridge. We are particularly delighted to be joined on that day by Joshua Rosenberg, Legal Commentator and Journalist, to hear his views as we emerge from Covid 19. Also joining us is Max Caller CBE, vastly experienced in best value inspections and former CEO of the London Borough of Hackney.

It is my aim that the Conference will provide a gentle re-introduction to meeting up with colleagues and sharing ideas and experiences from what has been a most unusual 18 months. More than that however, it is also a celebration; a tangible recognition of the vital role our members (and local authorities across England and Wales) played in supporting our communities in defending themselves against the pandemic.

I very much look forward to welcoming you in person on the day.

Best wishes

Quentin Baker

LLG President