Weekly message from John Lynch, Director of Finance

Autumn is here, with the change of colour on the trees and the mornings and evenings getting darker for longer, I hope you remembered to put your clocks back to get that extra hour in bed.

Our Annual Conference and Awards is almost here so if you haven’t booked your place, please do so as soon as you can so you don’t miss out. Bookings will close on Friday 12 November – details can be found here ADSO Annual Conference and Awards Ceremony 2021 – ADSO

LGA Civility in Public Life Call for evidence: Abuse and intimidation of councillors
The LGA has committed to promoting civility in public life and supporting the well-being of elected members. This is a long-standing area of work for the LGA, but the recent tragic death of Sir David Amess MP has brought this issue into marked focus. Everyone in public life should be able to go about their daily business without fear of attack. Now, more than ever, this is a challenge that we as a sector are determined to meet.

To support our Civility in Public Life programme, the LGA has been developing and now launched a Call for evidence of abuse and intimidation of councillors. The call for evidence is an ongoing part of the LGA Civility in Public Life programme, capturing elected members’ experiences and emerging trends around abuse and intimidation from the public.

The survey is primarily designed to capture the experience of councillors, but candidates who have run for election, officers who have supported candidates or councillors and members of the public can also share their reflections.

The evidence gathered will help the LGA develop a body of evidence to support LGA calls for legislative and systemic change and develop support for elected members. More information on the LGA Civility in Public Life programme and relevant resources is available on our webpage.

ADSO Training offer – Chairing Skills
As part of our bespoke training offer to councils, ADSO has developed a two-hour virtual training course on chairing skills for members. We have run the session in several councils recently and feedback has been very positive. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact John Austin (john.austin@adso.co.uk). We can tailor the session to your specific needs, including one-to-one sessions with leaders and individual chairs.

John Lynch, Director of Finance

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