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To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 3

Created on 15 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

The introduction of a Local Government Digital Service (LGDS), building on the work done by central government’s GDS, is an ongoing discussion which divides opinion as neatly as the introduction of a new ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 2

Created on 01 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... way or to tackle an additional project is ever present, especially in a world where the things that could be done significantly outnumber the number of things which should be done. Local government delivers ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 1

Created on 25 October 2015. Posted in Our blog

... there was a clear framework for how things should be done and clear standards and guidelines in place to be followed, as well as support as and when required. We’ve been working on real digital change ...

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

... use our role to make a real difference to the lives of those who are disadvantaged or discriminated against. This post looks at what can be done beyond what they describe as the ‘standard 6’ actions we ...

Taking it offline

Created on 27 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

Over the years I have been a big and vocal advocate of digital solutions, so much so that I actually left the public sector in order to work on improving the way digital is done with local government. ...

So Long and Thanks For All the Flags

Created on 11 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... to collect to prove it had been done, he simply gave councils free rein and released them to the wild. They were better able and empowered to give things ago than many thought possible and perhaps sensible, ...

Reflections on UKGC15

Created on 28 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... the first hour or so being effectively enforced networking, and meant I managed to catch up with people I’d have not done if we’d all dived straight into sessions. It’s getting less vague We seem to ...

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 ...

Writing about writing

Created on 16 December 2014. Posted in Our blog

... of confidence and ego in combination with time and motivation if it is to be done well. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I also discovered a strange split in terms of content. I wanted to write about ...

The Comms2point0 Unawards are coming...

Created on 10 November 2014. Posted in Our blog

... or pr you must enter the unawards   There used to be two steps cycle in comms when a good piece of work is finished, but rarely this happens anymore.   The first step is your boss says 'well done,' ...

FOI in five words

Created on 19 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... general terms in order to demonstrate my point. I asked whether they had done something in particular; if so, what were their reasons for, and if not what were their reasons against. I then asked if they ...

Tattoos are a choice you will need to live with

Created on 18 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... of my neck. None of these are visible when I’ve got a shirt on, which was a very deliberate choice I made when these were all done several years ago. I didn’t work in local government at the time, nor ...

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

Created on 04 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... with an interest in health and improving health outcomes. All of this would have been done without consent and once the public found out about it there was a fairly large backlash and the plan was postponed. ...

LGA Conference 2014

Created on 11 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... really exciting things, thinking bigger than ever before and talking about how they would actually get things done rather than necessarily who they needed to ask for permission. The session on income generation ...

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

...  It sounds like this renegotiation is being done within the context of a contract extension but it does show the willingness of suppliers to work with you as situations change and also shows the importance ...

Reflections on LocalGovCamp 2014

Created on 23 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... the second of which was on the divide between public and private sectors, why this divide exists and what can be done about it. I got a little (I hope) lighthearted booing from the audience when I revealed ...

8 things I learnt whilst on paternity leave

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... e-mails and all manner of other things done during the day was pretty tough. 5) My diet sucks When you have a dependent you are very concious of the food you are giving them. I cooked, steamed, chopped ...

Are our heads in the digital sand?

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... ways?” less than half (48%) of respondents said that they had indeed. It is not clear whether or not these are interactions that would have been done in other ways normally, or whether the remainder would ...