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To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 3

Created on 15 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... out why some people think LGDS is both inevitable and a great idea, while Part 2 explored why this isn’t really the case. Part 2’s admittedly pessimistic, yet arguably more realistic angle was that, while ...

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

... course be perfectly entitled to do so, but the questions would be asked and expectations raised. A leading LGDS setup would also give access to this kind of digital thinking and output to those authorities ...

Equality of Opportunity and the Exam System

Created on 30 September 2015. Posted in Our blog

... far more about an individual than the current grades do and with more information comes more chances for people to use those grades when recruiting and thinking about who goes to university or college ...

Escaping the Green Belt

Created on 30 September 2015. Posted in Our blog

... with the school run and thus did it that way to suit him. This story came back to me during the last week as I was thinking and tweeting a little about housing and particularly this country’s green belt ...

The next steps for equalities?

Created on 02 June 2015. Posted in Our blog

... every £100 that a man working in Birmingham earns, how much do you think a woman earns? Ninety five pounds? Ninety pounds? Maybe as low as £85? We’ll reveal the answer at the end, so while you’re mulling ...

Things I learned at 'What Next for Local Government'

Created on 01 April 2015. Posted in Our blog

... in the topic to seek out a subsequent talk by him on this issue. 2) Everyone has days when they think: 'It is hard being me'... A comment from Matthew that resonated with me (and I think the whole audience). ...

An Exchange of Ideas

Created on 27 February 2015. Posted in Our blog

... Care Fund [5]. Finally, and this is a point not specifically about PE or the author of the report but we need to be aware that think tanks, despite proclamations of independence, often have political ...

Reflections on UKGC15

Created on 28 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... it (not everyone is extroverted after all), a sizable portion spend most of the time thinking about what they are going to say rather than listening to anyone else, a sizable portion go on for far too ...

2015 will be the year of…

Created on 14 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... that it’s even allowing users to renew their passports online, something unthinkable just a few years ago. Local government has always struggled with the field of verifying identities online; some are ...

Yours, angry of Spelthorne…

Created on 05 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... public, let alone councillors, and could act like this. I know we want normal people with normal problems to be councillors but I think this is one expectation that is eminently reasonable. There is, ...

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

... the words just flow; I call these first-drafters. These are the times when the words form in front of your eyes, when the argument is so clear and well-reasoned that you don’t need to think it through, ...

The Comms2point0 Unawards are coming...

Created on 10 November 2014. Posted in Our blog

... gets raised with the people who matter.   Long ago, before the crash, I used to think that comms people should be seen and not heard in an organisation. What utter rot. Shout about what you are doing. ...

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 ...

Speed Dating and Magic Beans: Social Care in 2014.

Created on 11 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... at the party.     The majority of people (myself included) don’t think about social care until they need it for themselves or a loved one. You may need a hospital at any point in time but the idea ...

Cricket and Councils; more alike than you'd think

Created on 29 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... fit for kings. It turns out that most of the people I know who like cricket also happen to work in local government, and this got me thinking: where are the similarities between these two oft misunderstood ...

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 ...

talkSPORT and the centralised country

Created on 16 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... the biggest sports radio station in the whole world? When you think that Britain is a fairly small country (relatively), talkSPORT doesn’t have the rights to all of Britain’s sport (much of which is on ...