Civil Resilience Handbook for London Councillors

  • By AnnaWright


London local authorities have a central role to play in responding to major emergencies and other significant crises in the capital. When such events happen, people expect councils to respond swiftly and effectively alongside other organisations, whilst continuing to deliver essential ‘business-as-usual’ services.

In 2017, London local government’s collective resilience arrangements were tested by several emergency incidents across the capital. Given the cumulative significance of these events, London Councils commissioned an independent peer challenge which sought to assess the assurance provided by the collective resilience arrangements already in place and identify ways in which arrangements could be further strengthened. In addition, work was undertaken to develop a resilience assurance framework for London local government. Both the peer challege review and revised assurance framework recommended the development of guidance and training for Councillors in London local authorities, to strengthen organisational capability.

The Handbook

Councillors have a key political role to play in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from emergency incidents.

This handbook:

  • Has been prepared to assist local authorities in meeting their obligations set out by the Resilience Standards for London.
  • Has been developed to ensure that Political Leaders and Ward Councillors understand their clearly defined roles and responsibilities in relation to civil resilience and that the necessary support arrangements are put in place to enable councillors to fulfil their roles effectively.
  • Provides practical guidance on the role of Leaders/Directly-elected Mayors, Cabinet Members and Ward Councillors.

Alongside the guidance, London Councils has commissioned the development of a comprehensive training programme for councillors. The programme is being designed to ensure councillors at all levels fully understand their roles and are able to exercise them effectively during an incident. Once developed, the training courses will be piloted in 2019, with the aim being to make substantive courses available for ongoing delivery across London from 2020.