UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy


How Local Authorities Can Accelerate Policy Change Under Pressure

21 November 2023, 3:00 pm–4:00 pm

Join the International Public Policy Observatory (IPPO) as they explore how local authorities can best deliver policy change during periods of crisis.

This event is free.

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The pandemic, cost of living crisis, and more recent council funding crisis have seen local authorities across the UK hit with immense pressure to deliver in a rapidly changing socio-economic climate. As service demands only continue to intensify, how can policymakers in local government best maximise their outputs under increasing pressure?

In this event, IPPO explore how local authorities can best deliver policy change during periods of crisis, and what conditions need to be in place to enable them to act.

IPPO's latest report, "A review of England’s local authority recovery plans in response to the COVID-19 pandemic," co-produced in partnership with RREAL, has investigated COVID-19 recovery plans developed by local authorities across the country. The analysis compares cross-cutting themes and shares in-depth case studies of the experiences of those involved in the design and implementation of recovery plans at the local authority level.

The event will be chaired by Sarah Chaytor, Co-Principal Investigator and Strategic Engagement Director of IPPO. The authors of the report will join local authority panellists including Paul Johnson, Head of Policy and Strategic Funding at South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority.

They will discuss how crises can accelerate policy change, the benefits of collaborative working, the need to continue the trajectory for greater devolution, and the importance of increased flexibility in funding opportunities.

Please note: This is an online event.