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Winter Watch and the LGA

Winter Watch and the LGA

Wednesday 23rd December 2015

Councils play an essential role in keeping the country going throughout the cold winter months.

Gritting roads, clearing snow, delivering meals on wheels, collecting prescriptions, free parking and Santa's grottos are just some of the wide range of services councils provide for communities and the national economy as a whole.

Emergency planning is a key issue for local people and the reputation of councils and fire and rescue authorities can depend on the effectiveness of planning and response.

In recent years the Local Government Association (LGA) has represented councils and fire and rescue authorities at the highest levels of government in national emergencies, from civil disturbances to salt shortages to flooding.

These areas require a coordinated and integrated approach across local authorities and fire and rescue authorities. The LGA is now seen as a key player in emergency planning by government departments and partner organisations and this is due to the efforts of both elected members and officers in the member councils.

Winter watch aims to keep member councils, the public and the media abreast of the work going on in villages, towns and cities across the country. Here you will be kept up-to-speed with developments as winter progresses. We aim to answer a range of questions asked of councils this time of year. It can also act as a forum for people to share their views and ideas and will be regularly updated.

LGA winter news
All the LGA press releases and responses relating to winter weather - How are councils planning to cope with another severe winter? How much grit do councils have? How do they make sure old people are looked after?

Winter news from councils
News sent out from councils locally - What's happening in different parts of the country? How much grit do individual councils have? How much have they used? What new equipment are they using?

Your winter watch questions answered
Who's responsibility is it to grit roads, and what roads do they grit? Can you really be sued if someone slips over on a pavement you've cleared? What is road grit, where does it come from and how does it work? These and lots of other questions answered here...

Related documents for winter readiness
Here you will find LGA briefings about winter issues, LGA reports and surveys on winter and other key documents and guidance used by local authorities.