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To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 1

Created on 25 October 2015. Posted in Our blog

... will become a far smaller, policy based team who build less and guide more, while others believe the remaining management team will take on the baton and push achievement in new and exciting directions. ...

Equality of Opportunity and the Exam System

Created on 30 September 2015. Posted in Our blog

... an average student gets good grades - an opportunity not available for all. Obviously, if we were to introduce relative exam grades on their own this would be a policy with significant downsides: 1)    ...

Escaping the Green Belt

Created on 30 September 2015. Posted in Our blog

... policy. In 1935 when the Greater London Regional Planning Committee proposed the creation of a green belt they did so: ‘to provide a reserve supply of public open spaces and of recreational areas and ...

100 days in office and all that...

Created on 23 August 2015. Posted in Our blog

... that the chance of devolution is finally on the table, don’t blow it”. Rob Foster works as a head of policy in local government and is passionate about better futures for public services. Follow him ...

Taking it offline

Created on 27 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... circumstances that inevitably evolve as people and work changes. It understands that in many situations a work-aloud policy is a good default, but sometimes this needs to be complemented by an offline ...

What happens next?

Created on 13 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... works as a head of policy in local government and is passionate about better futures for public services. Follow him on twitter @futuresinfinite and his regular blog is published at futuresinfinite.blogspot.co.uk ...

An Exchange of Ideas

Created on 27 February 2015. Posted in Our blog

... recent example appeared on my Twitter feed while I had the time to dig a little deeper… FutureGov recently wrote a blog discussing a report by Policy Exchange (PX), and they introduced it thusly [1]: ...

Writing about writing

Created on 16 December 2014. Posted in Our blog

... knew I could talk about, but which wouldn’t necessarily endear me to my workplace. Be it comments on government policy, criticism or support for the work undertaken by particular political parties or simply ...

Speed Dating and Magic Beans: Social Care in 2014.

Created on 11 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... people free care, then a cap on care, then a policy that means the typical homeowner has to live for 4 years after death to quality for state assistance isn’t entirely transparent Let’s dispense with ...

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

Created on 04 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... and are surprised to learn that it cannot.   Removing barriers to sharing or linking datasets can help Government to design and implement evidence-based policy – for example to tackle social mobility, ...

Is economic growth an imperative for councils?

Created on 28 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... provocative than the article which was, as always, a thoughtful look at the issue; examining tensions in housing policy and the struggles that local authorities and social landlords are having in balancing ...

Ten things I know about Local Government

Created on 29 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... the UK. Local government has ZERO authority on this issue; it deals with local people wherever they come from, and can no more change national/international policy than I can expect to stop so many singers ...

‘First past the post' - National Planning Practice Guidance

Created on 31 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... Government policy. Today we continue that tradition with a guest post from a Regional Planning and Development agency, RCA Regeneration. This post discusses the recently published ‘National Planning ...

Local – Central: Time to sum up

Created on 16 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... a more focused co-design process for central government policy making. It is not the case that no local – central work is underway and our fourth post publicised the work of the Public Sector Transformation ...

Different Votes for Different Folks

Created on 06 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

...    Information on the report Democratic Audit is an independent research organisation, established as a not-for-profit company, and based at the LSE Public Policy Group. Their core objectives are ...

Central – Local 10: Testing the assumption

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... be. You can’t expect central government to engage with all 400ish local authorities on every policy. Instead they rely on relations with a few trusted contacts and peak organisations such as the LGA. Whether ...

The death of policy?

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... ago (how time flies!), we commented that roles like ‘policy officer’ were being reduced rapidly as council’s were looking around for savings. I had forgotten about this whole debate until, whilst at ...

Local - Central 9: Yes Minister; Yes Councillor

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

...  The real strength of the civil service is the ability to create policy at impressive speed. A speciality in policy stems from the political control the civil service is subject to. This can mean that ...

Central - Local 7: Change doesn’t happen unless you make it happen

Created on 11 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... secondees, but one swallow does not a summer make.  The detachment of central policy making from what happens on the ground, was already familiar to me.  Much of this is of course driven by what the politicians ...