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To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 2

Created on 01 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... time. In terms of setting up an organisation who can make a quick, instant change to things, it’s not looking good. But it’s not all hopeless. To misquote Tolkien; One LGDS to rule them all, One ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 1

Created on 25 October 2015. Posted in Our blog

... government sector have looked on enviously at what was (at least perceived to be) a cross-cutting team taking on some huge challenges and who both weren't afraid to make sweeping changes but also had the ...

Equality of Opportunity and the Exam System

Created on 30 September 2015. Posted in Our blog

... look for an alternative – perhaps an international qualification to bridge the gap. 3)    Schools would lose a key measure of success and it would become more difficult to measure the achievement of ...

Escaping the Green Belt

Created on 30 September 2015. Posted in Our blog

... they aren’t, the policy itself does not meet the needs. Let’s look at them in turn: 1)    Preventing urban sprawl A belt of a mile or two across would manage this and you certainly wouldn’t require ...

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 ...

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

... trust. I can look into their eyes and they into mine and find out where issues might arise as well as then discuss what to do about them I appreciate that this is in no small part down to the sort of ...

Time to elect a new system?

Created on 26 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

After our recent article looking at the scandal of uncontested elections, the Chief Executive of the Electoral Reform Society Katie Ghose got in touch to highlight just how endemic the problem is and ...

No Contest

Created on 21 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... glamour of parliament draws the politically interested to it like moths to a flame; none of them look towards the moonlight that is local government as it is deemed the lesser of the two roles. Parties ...

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

... who is able to look at the service we receive from some of our private partners and think that we could do this better ourselves. 6) Never underestimate local government Chief Executives. If ever there ...

An Exchange of Ideas

Created on 27 February 2015. Posted in Our blog

... we have the chance to do just that with this excellent guest post from Rob Jackson, which takes a look at just one of the many claims made about how local government could keep doing more than it already ...

Reflections on UKGC15

Created on 28 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... people look at me and be forced for those few seconds to be aware of my existence, I’ve never been convinced that they are all that cost-effective in terms of time. A sizable portion of the audience dread ...

#UKGC15

Created on 21 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... the work of local and central government.   Govcamps, whether local or otherwise, are possibly the place I feel most at home. Last year I tweeted out that I looked around and felt that “these are my ...

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

... the BBC, more than 150 jobs could be lost at Isle of Wight Council which is looking to reduce its net spending by £13.5m in the next financial year. The council said it would consider job sharing, reduced ...

The boy who cried wolf

Created on 03 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

...  However, like Glen, I do miss it and thus when I found myself staring at a computer screen with a spare hour or so I thought I’d try and craft something that looked back at 2014 and peeked forward too. ...

Writing about writing

Created on 16 December 2014. Posted in Our blog

... certainly not in the immediate future. I can’t even commit to regular blogging at all; but I can commit to trying. I will be looking to write more regularly, both here and also through my new day job. ...

FOI in five words

Created on 19 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... available in the public domain already. I’d looked through committee papers and spoken with a few people I knew, but FOI was the quickest, most reliable way left to me so I took it.   I took my time ...