Community Leadership

It is vital that councillors demonstrate community leadership by taking a responsible approach to the information they share and the messages they give, and by following the guidance they receive from their council. Any information provided should be based on confirmed messages from the council, local DPH and Government, which will ensure that councillors are speaking with one voice. Given the prevalence of unhelpful unverified information, interpretation and speculation on this issue, it will be critical for councillors to show leadership by signposting to information and advice from assured sources and links to the latest guidance provided by the Government. Finally, while not shutting down legitimate debate or scrutiny, councillors should also consider their approach to making political statements regarding the current crisis; experience from previous emergency responses suggests that a consistent and collaborative approach in difficult circumstances is a more effective approach which will not undermine the council’s work.