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To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 3

Created on 15 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... it could be that there is still a place for LGDS. It isn’t perhaps in the same form as those who promote it might envisage, but it is still a form which will enable it to take up a key role leading and ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 2

Created on 01 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... such an enlightened world, and presuming that everyone thinks in the same way as forward thinking early adopters is naïve to say the least. Individual ambition Every council in the country, almost ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 1

Created on 25 October 2015. Posted in Our blog

... comes in the form of the simple argument that “it’ll never work”. Do you know what? Those are almost exactly the same words which were uttered immediately before GDS itself was set up. Whitehall is a ...

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

... can’t build homes there then your policy really is bad). At the same time the Government could carry out a fundamental review of the green belt and once they have resized it down to a few miles or so ...

The next steps for equalities?

Created on 02 June 2015. Posted in Our blog

... longer an option. Different agencies have to be on the same page when it comes to delivering fairer outcomes for the most vulnerable. Secondly, and connected with this, we need a shared vision of what ...

No Contest

Created on 21 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... to their name in return for the same number of MPs, while even the average number of votes required to secure the post for SNP candidates was something like 27,000. Do you know how many votes it took ...

Reflections on UKGC15

Created on 28 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... wider community, while a final third were new to it all and taking part for the first time. I think this is about right. Too many of the first group and it feels like you are talking about the same things ...

A whole load of cuts

Created on 05 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... the same paper details the cuts Harrow council has made since 2010-11. Elsewhere, the Guardian reports that the Treasury has asked senior officials at Whitehall to draw up details of how an extra £25-£30bn ...

Tattoos are a choice you will need to live with

Created on 18 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... laws in the same way as other people who feel discriminated against either in the workplace or the hunt for jobs. The argument used within the article was one of capability rather than appearance: "If ...

Speed Dating and Magic Beans: Social Care in 2014.

Created on 11 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... right of veto. I reckon they’ll use it. ·         Taking 26% out of any system, saddling it with swinging cuts until at least 2020 and raising public expectation at the same time isn’t cricket. ·         Promising ...

Cricket and Councils; more alike than you'd think

Created on 29 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... of those taking part combined with a slice of lady luck. Local government is the same; it may feel at times that decision making moves glacially slow, but that belies the work going on to mve things ...

Showing our working out

Created on 22 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... the same by tomorrow. Some may say “we were just lucky”, but in my experience there’s no such thing as luck; luck is simply preparation meeting opportunity. Being open as you go helps as you don’t then ...

talkSPORT and the centralised country

Created on 16 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... words to the contrary from all governments doesn’t seem destined to happen any time soon (although we are more optimistic than ever). Perhaps the same country that can tolerate, and indeed expects, the ...

LGA Conference 2014

Created on 11 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... to half a dozen discussions at the same time each looking at different things. Admittedly, most of the ones I saw had something of a tech focus, from a couple of open data discussions to FutureGov and ...

Can contract management be sexy?

Created on 28 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... later the same day when Birmingham City Council announced that they would be renegotiating their IT contract with Capita and saving £150m:   ‘Birmingham City Council says it can save £150m over seven ...

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 ...

8 things I learnt whilst on paternity leave

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... and blended and all of the food was healthy (certainly no salt) and most of it was fairly tasty. Yet, at the same time as I was purée ing cubes of carrot I was making myself a sandwich and eating on the ...