Local councils are prepared for disaster, for terrorist attacks, for major fires, and for health emergencies. Chief Executive of Bury Council Geoff Little talks about managing the response to the pandemic from the kitchen table, and how the learning from this period can help the Council build back better. In Bury the Chief Executive is the health commissioner, which in Covid times means providing leadership on sheltering, testing and vaccination. The balance between central and local government. The role of local council as enabler, creating the conditions for community to flourish and business to recover.