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To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 3

Created on 15 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... in some ways LGDS might do some good things, in all likelihood it is never likely to get off the ground and be given the chance, the authority and the resources to make itself a success. That being said, ...

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

... everyone could use, from Adur to Wyre Forest. Since then of course many things have changed. National elections have altered things somewhat, which when combined with some of the most senior staff in ...

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 ...

The next steps for equalities?

Created on 02 June 2015. Posted in Our blog

... The unemployment rate for Pakistani and Bangladeshi residents is similarly out of kilter, currently standing at 18%. But here’s the really interesting thing. Back in 2004 the White unemployment rate was ...

Taking it offline

Created on 27 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... and support, better able to access both of these things outside of their normal circles of influence, allow quicker and more streamlined communication between managers and their staff and can cut down ...

Time to elect a new system?

Created on 26 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... First Past the Post. When ‘wasted votes’ are a thing of the past, so are foregone conclusions. We need to fix our broken electoral system, a system which denies millions of voters a say. Britain needs ...

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 ...

So Long and Thanks For All the Flags

Created on 11 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

It’s a funny thing, change and loss. Sometimes (as the song says) you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone, whilst at other times change can be met with more relief than a cold beer at the end of ...

Things I learned at 'What Next for Local Government'

Created on 01 April 2015. Posted in Our blog

... recognise the challenges but as we went through the day and discussed ethnography and it's role in innovation I was reminded of this challenge. A good social worker does something like this when designing ...

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 ...

Reflections on UKGC15

Created on 28 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... on the event just gone. Some of these have been short bullet points, others more detailed treaties on life, the universe and everything; this is somewhere between the two. Here are my own reflections ...

#UKGC15

Created on 21 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... random people and probably be able to start a semi-successful business with them of some kind; everyone brings something brilliant to the collective table. This year is a little different for me. For ...

2015 will be the year of…

Created on 14 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

Every year at this time writers ease themselves back into the blogging routine by putting on their Mystic Meg cloaks and looking forward to the coming year in an effort to predict the big things that might ...

A whole load of cuts

Created on 05 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... have “devastating consequences”, and has refused to rule out industrial action. Regional organiser Steve Belcher said: "It's never something we would wish for but ultimately sometimes it's something we ...

Yours, angry of Spelthorne…

Created on 05 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... want to join me in proposing this as something for the party manifestos?  ...

The boy who cried wolf

Created on 03 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... as the amount of time and mental energy spent on each of them increased the amount available for blogging and thinking about interesting things to write decreases. The latter point – that of my general ...

Writing about writing

Created on 16 December 2014. Posted in Our blog

... away in the folder marked “things to finish”. Sometimes there was simply little to talk about, meaning you plucked random things from the air and practiced creating an argument for its own sake. And ...

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 ...

FOI in five words

Created on 19 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... general terms in order to demonstrate my point. I asked whether they had done something in particular; if so, what were their reasons for, and if not what were their reasons against. I then asked if they ...