Council Deadly Virus Threat

Councils Face Double Deadly Virus Threat The public sector was at high risk from cyber attacks before Covid-19. But now, with whole workforces working from home, experts warn the likelihood of a successful attack is greater with potentially devastating consequences....

Officers and Councillors Relationships

Part 5: What is the relationship between locally elected councillors and the paid officers of the Council? The role and responsibility of elected members and officers are defined in individual council constitutions, with much of this resulting from specific...

Measuring Councillor Performance

Part 4: How is the performance of locally elected councillors measured? The roles and responsibilities of councillors and associated performance criteria and measures are subject to definition in several places including legislation/regulation, through guidance,...

Residents and Councillors

Part 3: Do residents know who their councillors are? There is a clear lack of recognition between councillors and their citizens. Surveys have found around 79% of East Midlands residents were unable to name a single local councillor, whilst the highest recognition was...

Role of a Councillor

Part 2: What is the role of a councillor, what they do and how long does it take? What exactly does an elected member do? Why should you become one for your local area? Here we look at the role of a councillor and what they do. A councillor is expected to be visible,...

What are Elected Members

Part 1: So, who and what are locally elected members? With local government responsible for a range of vital services, and around 20,000 locally elected members in the UK, we look into who and what they are. Local government is responsible for a range of vital...

Local Government Cyber Attack

Local Government Cyber Attack – Learning from Redcar and Cleveland In January I talked about new threats arising from the shift to truly digitally enabled services. Since then we have seen the catastrophic attack on Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council.  With an...

Improve Your Cyber Defence

Cyber Defence – defending our communities in the digital age Last year we launched a white paper which reflected on digital and technology trends. The shift to truly digitally enabled services will become ubiquitous but these in turn bring new threats. Freedom...

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