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To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 2

Created on 01 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

...  We’re all different Leading on from that point is the fact that, whether they are in reality more or less far apart than they believe, nigh-on every single council will have firm ideas as to why it ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 1

Created on 25 October 2015. Posted in Our blog

... of organisations, each using dozens of systems or more and each at different stages of digital awareness and progress, but that’s nothing new. Using the skills and experience built up over the past few ...

Equality of Opportunity and the Exam System

Created on 30 September 2015. Posted in Our blog

... get in life. These inequalities are reflected through school and in the grades and qualifications that students from different backgrounds are able to access. So, what is to be done? I have one idea ...

The next steps for equalities?

Created on 02 June 2015. Posted in Our blog

... training, monitoring uptake of services, helping different departments devise race equality schemes, improving access to services (mainly by translating information), and organising outreach events. If ...

So Long and Thanks For All the Flags

Created on 11 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... political points at the expense of other hard working councils who had the ‘misfortune’ to be run by someone wearing a different colour tie than him. That he was such a persuasive orator and garnered such ...

Reflections on UKGC15

Created on 28 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... repeat previous mistakes all over again. The other side… I have to admit; attending GovCamp after leaving local government was a little bit different. It has changed the way I think slightly; not in ...

#UKGC15

Created on 21 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... random people and probably be able to start a semi-successful business with them of some kind; everyone brings something brilliant to the collective table. This year is a little different for me. For ...

2015 will be the year of…

Created on 14 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... gauntlet thrown down. Hack attack Criminals go where the money is, and this is no different online. In the past, cyber criminals have attacked institutions which hold financial information about people ...

Writing about writing

Created on 16 December 2014. Posted in Our blog

... wrong: I’ve not made the time. I never had the time available in the past, when between us Gareth and I turned out a different and detailed piece every single day of the week. No, we simply dedicated ourselves ...

Tattoos are a choice you will need to live with

Created on 18 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... visible tattoos would carry a degree of stigma. It’s a strange thing really. Obviously, when people meet someone of a different gender, ethnicity, age, physical ability or other attribute we’d like to ...

Cricket and Councils; more alike than you'd think

Created on 29 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... from the truth. The work needed to be delivered may not be fundamentally different, but the ways in which it is delivered is; services are evolving at a rate that would make Darwin proud. Officers and ...

LGA Conference 2014

Created on 11 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... a stand there (which Chief Exec will have seen that and immediately gone back to order new sprinkler systems?!). Whatever it was, something was different this year. It’s this “something” which I’m struggling ...

8 things I learnt whilst on paternity leave

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... need to sort that out. 6) Babies really do develop at a different pace and getting worried about it is a mugs game My baby can crawl. He's very pleased with himself about it and seems to have mastered ...

Are our heads in the digital sand?

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... little or no importance at all? There are literally thousands of different things and measurements you could track for a typical council website, but all too often we get caught up with the basic headline ...

Local Government Strategic Leaders Forum – A WLLG field trip

Created on 09 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... players and try to ask some slightly different questions ·         Focus on the key notes addresses and try to summarise them ·         Focus instead on the questions asked from the floor and try to ...

Ten things I know about Local Government

Created on 29 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... that has happened over that time. I’ve gone from being a youth worker through to leading community engagement and innovation at a different council, and had the chance to work with some amazing people ...

Sort-of-goodbye

Created on 09 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... community interest companies and a whole host of different organisational set-ups it almost doesn’t matter who it is that pays the wages; all that matters is that there are more ways than ever before for ...

Local – Central: Time to sum up

Created on 16 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... six months to get to where we are.   However, six months later we have, along with our guest contributors looked at this issue from a number of different perspectives and come up with a series of proposals ...

Different Votes for Different Folks

Created on 06 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

Writing this blog over the years has put us in the very lucky position of occasionally receiving advance sight of different reports and papers, which often spark a chain reaction of ideas often ending ...