Policy paper

Local authority mutual aid: a short guide

A short guide produced by a joint Cabinet Office-LGA-Solace working group.

This was published under the 2005 to 2010 Labour government

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A Short Guide to Local Authority Mutual Aid

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Even before the serious flooding of summer 2007, it was widely acknowledged that mutual aid between local authorities in the emergency response was a resilience tool in need of greater enhancement. The lessons learned report of Sir Michael Pitt urged that developmental work to be taken forward without delay.

This short guide produced by a joint Cabinet Office-LGA-Solace working group has been designed to further that end. It seeks to state the case for the benefits of mutual aid and to encourage action by offering advice on a range of practical considerations.

During the summer the booklet went out in draft to local authorities in England and Wales for a six-week consultation. The consultation drew a range of comments from practitioners, most supporting its aims and approach, and it is with confidence now that in publishing the guide we do so to a welcoming sector.

Published 28 November 2008