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100 days in office and all that...

Created on 23 August 2015. Posted in Our blog

We've been on a bit of a summer recent here at WLLG towers but when the chance comes to publish a guest post - especially one from the excellent Rob Foster who usually writes over at futuresinfinite.blogspot.co.uk and ...

The next steps for equalities?

Created on 02 June 2015. Posted in Our blog

We like a guest post and today’s is one based on cold hard research. The topic is one that local authorities have long struggled with; that of equalities or more precisely how we, as the council, can ...

Time to elect a new system?

Created on 26 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... day. It’s a point Glen Ocsko raised in his blog recently, describing it as ‘scandalous’. It is. But it’s also in large part due to our broken voting system. Our First Past the Post voting system destroys ...

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 ...

What happens next?

Created on 13 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

It's taken a few days to sink in. Unlike several commentators who are now trying to claim they foresaw the Conservative majority in Parliament, I will admit to being surprised by the General Election results. ...

So Long and Thanks For All the Flags

Created on 11 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... (an area for another post on another day, I assure you...) he ushered in the Localism Act, and through it the general power of competence. After years of being told what to do, how to do it and what evidence ...

An Exchange of Ideas

Created on 27 February 2015. Posted in Our blog

Christopher, Of Honour and House Paradiso are all very notable things to put before or after the word 'guest', but none comes close to making us as happy as being able to put the word Post after it. Today ...

A whole load of cuts

Created on 05 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... half of the posts at its new £189m library. By 2018 it expects its workforce to be down to 7,000 compared with 20,000 in 2010. Sir Albert Bore, council leader, said the authority had already been cut to ...

The boy who cried wolf

Created on 03 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

Like Glen, I haven’t written a post for this site for months. The reasons for this are multiple but can broadly be summed up as child, work and chicken-ness. The first two are fairly self-explanatory; ...

Writing about writing

Created on 16 December 2014. Posted in Our blog

... prepare half a dozen posts and schedule them for coming weeks, bumping some of them back as more time-bound or urgent pieces came to life. Other times though, it was hard. Ideas were there, but never ...

The Comms2point0 Unawards are coming...

Created on 10 November 2014. Posted in Our blog

It will be entirely unsurprising to know that we at WLLG unTowers love a guest post, so when this excellent unexample flew in from the superhuman Dan Slee we just ahd to share it.   If you are comms ...

FOI in five words

Created on 19 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... hear of this happening. If all of the answers I'd received had been like Wigan's then this post would have been a lot more ranty.   Thankfully Monmouthshire provided the ying to Wigan’s yang and came ...

Speed Dating and Magic Beans: Social Care in 2014.

Created on 11 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

For those of us toiling away at WLLG Towers there is never - never - a nicer moment than when an e-mail pings into our inbox starting with a phrase along the lines of "I've got a guest post for you..." ...

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

Created on 04 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... with an interest in health and improving health outcomes. All of this would have been done without consent and once the public found out about it there was a fairly large backlash and the plan was postponed. ...

Political interference

Created on 27 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... a Judicial Review into the proportionality of the investigation. I was reminded of this last week after reading this excellent post from Toby Blume about the award of grants to the Big Society Network. ...

talkSPORT and the centralised country

Created on 16 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... art galleries where the Tate now has ‘branches’ in Cornwall and Merseyside. From the use of the expression ‘postcode lottery’ to the centralised state as seen in Whitehall through to talkSPORT, of all ...

Is economic growth an imperative for councils?

Created on 28 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... way out of austerity I was intrigued by a post from Hannah Fearn of the Guardian entitled: ‘Have councils abandoned the poor searching for economic growth?’ It turns out that the headline was far more ...

Reflections on LocalGovCamp 2014

Created on 23 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... take a look at some of the brilliant blog posts that have already been coming up as a result of so many fantastic people coming together in the same place at the same time. I’m really heartened by the ...