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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

... would put significant pressure on councils to justify why they were paying separately for systems which delivered the same functionality. Should they choose to continue for whatever reason they would of ...

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 ...

No Contest

Created on 21 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... able to understand what is needed to represent them. Of course not all councils should be run by one or other of the national parties – there are some excellent independent or local party councillors out ...

So Long and Thanks For All the Flags

Created on 11 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... bin collection on a less-frequent-than-weekly basis, aiming to “tackle the ghastly gauntlet of bin blighted streets and driveways.” Never mind that councils are having to be creative to collect bins at ...

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 ...

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 ...

The boy who cried wolf

Created on 03 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... 2010 councils have argued that the cuts are putting public services at risk and every year we’ve sort of muddled through; indeed, in many cases we've done better than muddled through and protected valuable ...

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

... consequences. Councils must retain the ability and strength to decide what is acceptable for the people who are the face of the organisation. Some insist on uniforms for certain roles, others have dress ...

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 ...

Cricket and Councils; more alike than you'd think

Created on 29 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... its core effectively the same. Local government in places has seemed resistant to change, with some councils restricting the use of online tools for little reason other than fear of the unknown. Teams ...

The worst is yet to come

Created on 28 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... moved away from the problem and moved firmly into the solutions. And yet, if anything, the cuts are now biting even harder than they ever had. This is for two reasons. Firstly, many councils have already ...

talkSPORT and the centralised country

Created on 16 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... blog has, for many years, debated the peculiarly centralised British state, and argued that we need far more devolution to local councils and local people. This hasn’t really happened so far and despite ...

Is economic growth an imperative for councils?

Created on 28 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... way out of austerity I was intrigued by a post from Hannah Fearn of the Guardian entitled: ‘Have councils abandoned the poor searching for economic growth?’ It turns out that the headline was far more ...

Can contract management be sexy?

Created on 28 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... council I was fully prepared for a discussion of how poor local councils were at negotiating contracts with the private sector.   I was thus fairly surprised when the speaker, a procurement consultant ...