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To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 3

Created on 15 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

The introduction of a Local Government Digital Service (LGDS), building on the work done by central government’s GDS, is an ongoing discussion which divides opinion as neatly as the introduction of a new ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 2

Created on 01 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

In the previous article a simple premise was explored; that the introduction of a Local Government Digital Service (LGDS) would be a good thing for local government in the UK. If you’ve not read it yet ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 1

Created on 25 October 2015. Posted in Our blog

... whether or not to create a Local Government Digital Service seems to be popping its head above the proverbial parapet once more. Ever since GDS was ensconced within Whitehall, many corners of the local ...

Escaping the Green Belt

Created on 30 September 2015. Posted in Our blog

... a policy so ill-conceived that you cannot build on land that is within ten minutes’ walk of a train station – stations being a service which primary function is to take people to and from work. If you ...

100 days in office and all that...

Created on 23 August 2015. Posted in Our blog

... small businesses, major employers, universities & colleges, blue light services, the health sector,  voluntary organisations and many more stakeholders in designing & delivering the new model. ...

The next steps for equalities?

Created on 02 June 2015. Posted in Our blog

... access to council services. By 1989 the Unit had 31 staff, including race relations advisers in housing, education, and social services. The Unit’s annual report for that year shows its activities included ...

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 ...

No Contest

Created on 21 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... seen but just as vital services including (but very much not limited to) social services, youth provision, health and social care, planning and local employment. They work with people and for people from ...

What happens next?

Created on 13 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... reckoning the Conservatives' reputation for financial judiciousness won the day. So what does this mean for the future of public services in the next five years and beyond?  Without their erstwhile ...

So Long and Thanks For All the Flags

Created on 11 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... all within their much reduced budgets, he wanted to see them under pressure to maintain or even improve on levels of service that the overwhelming yet silent majority of service users had no problem at ...

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

... save £1 billion over five years. This could be achieved because the “NHS online recruitment service…has already generated savings of over £1 billion since its launch in 2003”. This stat came from a ...

2015 will be the year of…

Created on 14 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... significantly and may therefore lead to real savings for not just local government but also the wider public service. Doctors would be able to know in real time whether the medication they prescribed was ...

A whole load of cuts

Created on 05 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... the council had to make cuts as government spending squeezes were continuing and demand for services was growing. BBC News 21/11  Cardiff Council plans consultation Cardiff Council is planning ...

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

... (1.8% - really?), council reserves and local government being akin to the boy who cried wolf – there seemed to be a greater recognition that services are about to decline and decline badly. Andy Burnham ...

The Comms2point0 Unawards are coming...

Created on 10 November 2014. Posted in Our blog

... in four chance of walking off with the Big Prize. Big hoorays all round an an appearance in the staff magazine along with the service area you did good things for. In other words, the profile of your team ...

Speed Dating and Magic Beans: Social Care in 2014.

Created on 11 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... wage for domiciliary care workers, increased choice of care provision and personalised care and health. There is also a new range of statutory duties: support for Carers, preventative services, a cap for ...

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

Created on 04 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... information.   Meanwhile, the bigger issues surrounding data sharing amongst professionals where the sharing could directly improve the services received by the public are not being addressed. The ...

Cricket and Councils; more alike than you'd think

Created on 29 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... at least an acceptable standard the rest of the team suffers. The typical council is made up of huge numbers of teams and services, each of which has a greater or lesser degree of autonomy from the others ...