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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

... are often put on hold in the short term as they simply cannot afford the time, money or focus to get them started while still delivering the things they are legally obliged to do. Many times over the ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 1

Created on 25 October 2015. Posted in Our blog

... scale they have. Great projects such as the content standards and Pipeline have been established and shared, but none of them to date have had as much impact as many would like to have seen. It is still ...

Equality of Opportunity and the Exam System

Created on 30 September 2015. Posted in Our blog

... early age and despite years of effort to do something about them we, as a society, still have to accept that where you are born and who you are born to has a major impact on the opportunities you will ...

Escaping the Green Belt

Created on 30 September 2015. Posted in Our blog

... setting up a new city would not seriously think that the green belt in London is sensible policy making. Even if we accept that all of the objectives of the policy are still correct, and I’m almost certain ...

The next steps for equalities?

Created on 02 June 2015. Posted in Our blog

... to embedding best practice and organisations are beginning to focus more on partnership working. However, there are still some things we need to get better at. Firstly, as agencies work together more ...

So Long and Thanks For All the Flags

Created on 11 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... at best be described as unfortunate, but at the time it was the right thing to do and a brave thing to do. Braver still was his decision to abolish one of the most powerful bodies in the world of local ...

Things I learned at 'What Next for Local Government'

Created on 01 April 2015. Posted in Our blog

... was a doubt that these are some of the best people working in public services then 30 minutes with Carolyn Wilkins from Oldham would rid you of that mis-apprehension. 7) I still love the NGDP graduates. ...

An Exchange of Ideas

Created on 27 February 2015. Posted in Our blog

... are implemented and evaluated robustly”. So why are people still using the figures in the 2013 EY report? Probably because the DLCG end of pilot review, focused on the processes to successfully develop ...

Reflections on UKGC15

Created on 28 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... place in my life. Okay, that last one was superstition rather than tradition, but it still counts. It’s a tradition that after a Camp of any kind I, along with other campers, produce a few reflections ...

#UKGC15

Created on 21 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... every time for years happen again and that I will leave excited about the year ahead. It’s strange having been to a number of these and even been a campmaker before, yet still feeling as if I’m not worthy ...

2015 will be the year of…

Created on 14 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... will save significantly more than the cost to smarten them up, our neighbourhoods will remain stupid for now. Wearable tech will still be searching for a niche Everyone loves the idea of one piece ...

A whole load of cuts

Created on 05 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... switched to three-weekly collection. Food waste and recyclable products will still be collected weekly. Daily Mail, Page: 27 20/10 Residents consulted on spending plans Residents arebeing asked ...

The boy who cried wolf

Created on 03 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... analogy) a wolf in sheep’s clothing. As 2015 kicks off the potential for all three scenarios stretches before the sector and as an officer the fact that there are still options open to us excites me. ...

The Comms2point0 Unawards are coming...

Created on 10 November 2014. Posted in Our blog

... and pats you on the back. That still happens. Not as much as it should. But it happens.   The second step is that it gets put in for a glittering award which means a trip somewhere and maybe a one ...

Tattoos are a choice you will need to live with

Created on 18 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... think this doesn’t matter when compared to their ability to do their job. Yes, discrimination does unfortunately still exist, but as far as facts go none of these things make a blind bit of difference ...

Cricket and Councils; more alike than you'd think

Created on 29 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... still go out with paper notepads, taking notes which then need to be typed up and sent to another team to input onto a system which generates a printed letter to send on to someone. However, the times ...

The worst is yet to come

Created on 28 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

Over the last few years I think I have become partially immune to stories about the cuts that local authorities are still required to make. In part this is because the cuts have been such a part of our ...

Political interference

Created on 27 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... and free process would not have received them. According to latest blog from the Guardian this investigation is still ongoing with PWC requesting 10 million pieces of information and Tower Hamlets requesting ...