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To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 3

Created on 15 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... solution which others could then use that would be of great use to councils up and down the country. To be clear, this is not intended to be a call for anything approaching a shared CMS for every council ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 2

Created on 01 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... says you can? These are not times of plenty. Councils do not have limitless funds to throw in whichever direction they see fit, and often even those ideas which might have long-term benefit for them ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 1

Created on 25 October 2015. Posted in Our blog

Like a perennial weed, the expulsion of a councillor from a certain party for them being “a bit too racist” or the inevitable deluge of Christmas memes starting from early November, the discussion about ...

100 days in office and all that...

Created on 23 August 2015. Posted in Our blog

... game in town for councils looking to evolve beyond the confines of prolonged demise by a thousand cuts.  Many local authorities are currently publicly committed to exploring the options whilst working ...

The next steps for equalities?

Created on 02 June 2015. Posted in Our blog

We like a guest post and today’s is one based on cold hard research. The topic is one that local authorities have long struggled with; that of equalities or more precisely how we, as the council, can ...

Time to elect a new system?

Created on 26 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... box. That’s not democracy, in most people’s eyes. Our analysis of this at the Electoral Reform Society showed that 55% of seats on Eden District council were uncontested on May 7th – with over half the ...

No Contest

Created on 21 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... to elect a local councillor in Eden District Council in Cumbria this year? Zero. In fact, it took the same number of votes to see 21 candidates elected to that particular local council. 21 ‘elected representative’ ...

So Long and Thanks For All the Flags

Created on 11 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... understand his fixation on flying flags and bunting. He has been a constant and vocal advocate on flag-flyers behalf, encouraging flags to be flown from council buildings high and low (with double points ...

Things I learned at 'What Next for Local Government'

Created on 01 April 2015. Posted in Our blog

... local government commissioning and asked when was the last time a council sought to commission from a 'story' of an individual and what they want from their care. I was taken with this as a solution: I ...

An Exchange of Ideas

Created on 27 February 2015. Posted in Our blog

... reports, describing bright ideas which will *absolutely* reduce costs by billions of pounds across all councils. I’ve always been sceptical of the numbers bandied about by some of these reports, and a ...

#UKGC15

Created on 21 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... my current work helping redevelop council websites, to open data to blogging, to engagement, to getting kids coding, to supporting national work-based social networks, to the public perception of the sector, ...

2015 will be the year of…

Created on 14 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... amount of investment up front in order to realise these benefits, investment which is not likely in these times of austerity. Councils might love to have a network of street lights which automatically ...

A whole load of cuts

Created on 05 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... in the autumn time. I recognise that these are also a limited selection of pieces from a smallish amount of councils and also are just one year’s announcements from a half decade of austerity but I hope ...

Yours, angry of Spelthorne…

Created on 05 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... and some just stored away in the memory bank for future reference. Last week however, the briefing made me angry. The offending article was as follows: Councillors fail to pay taxes Spelthorne Council ...

The boy who cried wolf

Created on 03 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... (1.8% - really?), council reserves and local government being akin to the boy who cried wolf – there seemed to be a greater recognition that services are about to decline and decline badly. Andy Burnham ...

FOI in five words

Created on 19 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... to go through such a process from the other side of the fence, and I've a new found understanding of just why so many people get so frustrated with some local councils. I’ll break my request down in ...

Tattoos are a choice you will need to live with

Created on 18 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... an example, let’s put a situation out there. Imagine that you are a council tenant and are having problems paying your rent this month. After a lot of effort you finally manage to make an appointment to ...

Speed Dating and Magic Beans: Social Care in 2014.

Created on 11 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... act accordingly.   Councils must take some responsibility. Too much defaulting to positive on efficiency surveys and equality impact assessments. Too much bidding for integration initiatives with undeliverable ...

Running before you can walk; Government plans to share your data

Created on 04 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... by schools, councils, police and civil servants.   The proposals are likely to ignite privacy concerns if officials are granted unprecedented access to citizens’ private data.  The rationale behind ...