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To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 3

Created on 15 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... out why some people think LGDS is both inevitable and a great idea, while Part 2 explored why this isn’t really the case. Part 2’s admittedly pessimistic, yet arguably more realistic angle was that, while ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 2

Created on 01 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... you probably should. It discusses the positive aspects of bringing talented people together and allowing them to focus solely on the digital challenge along with providing them with the resources to make ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 1

Created on 25 October 2015. Posted in Our blog

... byzantine conglomerations of teams, departments, services, ministers, civil servants, strategies, policies, procedures, reports, committees and more; how could one small team of digitally savvy people ...

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

... one 35 miles across to do so.  2)    Providing recreational spaces The greenbelt is miles away from where most people live and large chunks of it are not used for recreation or public open space but ...

The next steps for equalities?

Created on 02 June 2015. Posted in Our blog

... that here’s another one. The unemployment rate for White people in Birmingham is about 9%. What’s the rate for Black people? If you doubled 9%, try again. The answer is actually three times higher – 26%. ...

Taking it offline

Created on 27 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... Digital genuinely has the potential to not only be the cheapest option of delivering many vital services to local people but actually the better option. Much talk is had on the former, with the latter ...

Time to elect a new system?

Created on 26 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... offer one possible solution. Got to say, it sounds like a good idea to us... Uncontested seats are a feature of our broken voting system For thousands of people on May 7th, the local elections didn’t ...

No Contest

Created on 21 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

It has been well publicised in the post-Election media coverage that it took 3.9million votes to elect a single UKIP candidate to parliament. The Green party saw 1.14million people putting a cross next ...

So Long and Thanks For All the Flags

Created on 11 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... government. Just once you wanted to hear him say publicly that while the sector would of course need to do more, that actually they were doing great things and people should lay off from criticising for ...

Things I learned at 'What Next for Local Government'

Created on 01 April 2015. Posted in Our blog

... officers. A couple of time people questioned the 'sychophancy' with which people in local government approach the private sector. I don't necessarily see it that way but I love the new self-confident bureaucrat ...

An Exchange of Ideas

Created on 27 February 2015. Posted in Our blog

... is. Share your thoughts with us on Twitter, but not before having a good read... Local government is ‘blessed’ to have many wise people orbiting around the sector who write lengthy, eloquent  and solemn ...

Reflections on UKGC15

Created on 28 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... the room says who they are, where they are from and something they are hoping to get out of the day (or words to that effect). This can take the best part of an hour (there are a lot of people there) and ...

#UKGC15

Created on 21 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

If you’ve not heard already, UKGovCamp15 is nearly upon us; it’s taking place at Microsoft HQ in Victoria on Saturday 24 January, bringing together a huge number of people who passionately care about improving ...

2015 will be the year of…

Created on 14 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... order repairs without the need for people to report them, but the reality is that they can’t yet afford them. Until someone comes up with an argument to demonstrate that a connected network of dumb devices ...

Yours, angry of Spelthorne…

Created on 05 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... as in the councillors. What right do they have to demand money from me if they are not paying it themselves 2)      Surely people are elected as councillors because they care about local services. And ...

The boy who cried wolf

Created on 03 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... eaten. The next few lines of this post should involve me trying to explain the cuts that are going to hit my authority in the next three years, the impact of these cuts on real people and the challenges ...

The Comms2point0 Unawards are coming...

Created on 10 November 2014. Posted in Our blog

... gets raised with the people who matter.   Long ago, before the crash, I used to think that comms people should be seen and not heard in an organisation. What utter rot. Shout about what you are doing. ...

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 ...