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11 January 2019

Publish date: 11/01/2019

We find ourselves in 2019 and I cannot be alone in wondering how we got here so fast?! It seems remarkable that I attended my first Weekend School (WES) 15 years ago and yet, when I reflect on the dramatic transformation of LLG and its predecessors since that time, we have such a tremendous amount to be proud of. This year, WES is coming to London for the first time in decades. The programme is a modern, comprehensive offering with lots of plenary sessions and new, high profile speakers. You can book day passes, non-residential attendance or the whole programme. For more information click here

With the EU withdrawal deal set to be voted upon by MP's next week and the recent voted amendment (if the deal is rejected) for the government to produce a revised plan within 3 parliamentary days, it is perhaps easy to take one's eye away from some of the interesting commentary and reports occurring across the local government spectrum. The Committee on Standards in Public Life has undertaken a review of local government ethical standards, with the report due out 30th January 2019. The Committee's terms of reference included examination of the structures, processes and practices in local government in England for maintaining codes of conduct for local councillors; investigating alleged breaches fairly and with due process; enforcing codes and imposing sanctions for misconduct; declaring interests and managing conflicts of interest and whistleblowing. It also examines quite topically, evidence of intimidation of councillors. LLG will be covering the report in a bespoke live webinar with Weightmans on 30th January 2019 and more information on that will be provided soon.

The Centre for Public Scrutiny and Localis published their research proposal paper; "Decline and fall: understanding how and why local government fails, what leads to central Government intervention, and what comes after…..' The paper highlights the weaknesses within the existing model of intervention which is based upon the Government response to high profile, catastrophic events. It also identifies four main types of intersecting failures; culture, service, function and duty and the risks associated with them. The paper is a platform to kickstart conversation and base further research upon. It is well worth a read and LLG will look to contribute where it can in the future months. To read the paper click here