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To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 3

Created on 15 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... grammar school “annex” in Kent. Each side is equally as convinced it is right, and totally unable to understand why the other cannot see the reason behind their own arguments. Part 1 of this series set ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 2

Created on 01 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... standpoint is nigh-on impossible, especially when you start getting into the intricacies and nuances involved. Each one directly impacts on the lives of people, often immediately, so there is little room ...

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

... teacher then it is likely that your English result will be worse than if you went to a good school and had a great English teacher. Likewise, if you come from a family living in temporary accommodation ...

Escaping the Green Belt

Created on 30 September 2015. Posted in Our blog

... open spaces for every area and a maximum density for each development. Each one could be negotiated locally but with an explicit expectation that the point is to provide high quality housing for people ...

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 ...

No Contest

Created on 21 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... for a parliamentary seat unless it also actively puts forward candidates for each of an area’s local elections. This is the only way to demonstrate that they are actually in touch with local people and ...

What happens next?

Created on 13 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... will no doubt be lobbying for their own deals. This suggests the fundamental shift in local accountability and autonomy dreamt of by many in local government may be within reach.  To make this possible, ...

So Long and Thanks For All the Flags

Created on 11 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... that much space for themselves. While he couldn’t get other departments to quite take his approach to austerity as seriously as he did, that didn’t stop him practicing what he preached at every opportunity. ...

Things I learned at 'What Next for Local Government'

Created on 01 April 2015. Posted in Our blog

...  However, it's not the only source of great people in local government. As suc, I hope we might be able to expand the reach in future years and hope that the above is useful for any interested local government ...

An Exchange of Ideas

Created on 27 February 2015. Posted in Our blog

... calculated from eliminating advertising costs using the following sums: A study found it costs, on average, £800 to advertise for a teacher [2]. There are 200,000 jobs advertised for free on jobs.nhs.uk ...

A whole load of cuts

Created on 05 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... up to executive director level, will save the council £11.4m each year as part of its staff restructuring programme. The council says it has to save £300m over the next four years because of central government ...

The boy who cried wolf

Created on 03 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... as the amount of time and mental energy spent on each of them increased the amount available for blogging and thinking about interesting things to write decreases. The latter point – that of my general ...

Writing about writing

Created on 16 December 2014. Posted in Our blog

... delivering, though I was also keen to use writing as a method of driving thought processes forward internally as well as externally. This is a hard circle to square, as these each require subtly different ...

The Comms2point0 Unawards are coming...

Created on 10 November 2014. Posted in Our blog

... the comms2point0 unawards. It's an awards event that we would want to go to ourselves. It's free to enter. It costs £20 for each member of your team to go and it's in Birmingham. Or to be more precise, ...

FOI in five words

Created on 19 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... the scope of investigation. Each of these gets the mandatory 20 days, so it can be months before a simple answer is given. It also is misinterpreted by some to mean keep the information to a minimum, and ...

Tattoos are a choice you will need to live with

Created on 18 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... what all the men in their family have. Yet each of these are choices that have been made which will perhaps one day have consequences. People make decisions all the time which have repercussions further ...

Cricket and Councils; more alike than you'd think

Created on 29 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... at least an acceptable standard the rest of the team suffers. The typical council is made up of huge numbers of teams and services, each of which has a greater or lesser degree of autonomy from the others ...

The worst is yet to come

Created on 28 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

...  As Sir Merrick Cockell details in his introduction: ‘Where councils have continued to balance their budgets, the funding gap in local government is still growing by £2.1 billion each year. Closing ...

Showing our working out

Created on 22 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

I hate maths. Well, I hate teaching maths. My children are all at an age where they are starting to get on to more complicated calculations, and I’m struggling to adequately describe to them how to get ...