Jo miller and trevor holden
JM: I sincerely hope not, but it can’t be ruled out within the remainder of this parliament and I know the next two years are the most challenging
The LGA are doing some great work on financial resilience in councils so we can work closely together to understand where frailties may arise and support our members who may be heading in that position. Our role isn’t to lead sector improvement – the LGA receive grant from government to do this – but we can and do support that work. In a triumvirate with the LGA and Cipfa we can offer more tailored support.
Our leadership offer should upskill our members to give them the tools to avoid these situations and the resilience to deal with them if they arise.
We can all as individual colleagues support others facing difficulty and Solace is a great support space for that. I’ve certainly benefitted from it on my journey.
TH: Having just completed part of a peer review, I am really clear on this issue. The LGA have the lead for sector-led improvement and we are part of the armoury of resource available to support this function either individually or as an organisation. The models are in place to understand who is susceptible to problems and what support can be offered. We need to be proactive in our support of this key work through collaboration with the LGA.