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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

... stalks the pages of every project plan ever made, especially those with the phrase ‘digital’ anywhere near them. The temptation to add an extra widget, an extra function, to use a tool in an additional ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 1

Created on 25 October 2015. Posted in Our blog

... administrative beast filled with bureaucracy and red tape, needed a fresh team to come in, blow the digital cobwebs away and show everyone just how easy it was to build excellent digital systems which ...

Equality of Opportunity and the Exam System

Created on 30 September 2015. Posted in Our blog

I have been pondering inequality lately and the challenges we have as a society in giving our young people the same chance in life. Every study says that these inequalities are built in at an incredibly ...

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 ...

100 days in office and all that...

Created on 23 August 2015. Posted in Our blog

... of a set of “off the peg” models being developed centrally in attempt to please everyone, effectively pleasing no-one & nullifying the innovation and place-centric possibilities that are the foundation ...

The next steps for equalities?

Created on 02 June 2015. Posted in Our blog

... every £100 that a man working in Birmingham earns, how much do you think a woman earns? Ninety five pounds? Ninety pounds? Maybe as low as £85? We’ll reveal the answer at the end, so while you’re mulling ...

Taking it offline

Created on 27 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... on the amount of time spent in meetings which are held for their own sake. The line from many of the companies behind the many digital solutions available is that if everyone types things out and shares ...

Time to elect a new system?

Created on 26 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... a fair way of voting, where seats match votes and where every election is a real contest – not a coronation.  ...

No Contest

Created on 21 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

...  This election saw 66.1 per cent of the electorate casting their votes in the general election, the highest number in 18 years. Two out of every three people cast a vote in the national; contrast this ...

So Long and Thanks For All the Flags

Created on 11 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... was that at Cabinet meetings when George Osborne said "ok, we need to make another couple of billion....any ideas?", whilst everyone else looked down and shuffled their papers, E-Pic could barely wait ...

Things I learned at 'What Next for Local Government'

Created on 01 April 2015. Posted in Our blog

... in the topic to seek out a subsequent talk by him on this issue. 2) Everyone has days when they think: 'It is hard being me'... A comment from Matthew that resonated with me (and I think the whole audience). ...

An Exchange of Ideas

Created on 27 February 2015. Posted in Our blog

... every year; if all of these jobs had similar advertising costs to teachers the total saving would be £160 million per year. So in twelve years since launch they conservatively estimate the savings would ...

Reflections on UKGC15

Created on 28 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... on the event just gone. Some of these have been short bullet points, others more detailed treaties on life, the universe and everything; this is somewhere between the two. Here are my own reflections ...

#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

Every year at this time writers ease themselves back into the blogging routine by putting on their Mystic Meg cloaks and looking forward to the coming year in an effort to predict the big things that might ...

A whole load of cuts

Created on 05 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... I started wondering whether the fact that these stories were in the briefing every day was inoculating me to their impact. And so, in a moment of randomness, I decided to start saving any stories that ...

Yours, angry of Spelthorne…

Created on 05 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

The LGIU Daily Briefing is a valuable resource for local government officers and I try to make time to read it every day. Most days I find it a useful source of context and stories; some relevant to work ...

The boy who cried wolf

Created on 03 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... multiple news outlets this month. However, I do wonder if this is a bit too little too late for local government. I mention the boy who cried wolf as I think it is applicable here. Every year since ...

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 ...