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To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 3

Created on 15 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... than trying to force it out. It must do all this and more with extremely limited resources, and give something meaningful back quickly.   It’ll be a tough job. Time will tell whether or not they are ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 2

Created on 01 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... Nor, at the time of writing, has anything at all been released as to the scope, resources, mandate or timelines for such an introduction, meaning much of this conjecture may change over time. That being ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 1

Created on 25 October 2015. Posted in Our blog

... no firm descriptions, plans, timescales or resources have been even hinted at, a small number of clear camps are forming either side of the yes/no debate. In this first of a three part mini-series let’s ...

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 ...

100 days in office and all that...

Created on 23 August 2015. Posted in Our blog

... has now passed the 100 days in office mark, & thus it’s time for some early reflections.  Of course in a five year term the first 100 days is a largely symbolic & possibly overworked milestone, ...

The next steps for equalities?

Created on 02 June 2015. Posted in Our blog

... that here’s another one. The unemployment rate for White people in Birmingham is about 9%. What’s the rate for Black people? If you doubled 9%, try again. The answer is actually three times higher – 26%. ...

Taking it offline

Created on 27 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... or duplication can more easily be picked up by the crowd and addressed sooner rather than later. It can also save significant amounts of time in the process. People are better able to find information ...

Time to elect a new system?

Created on 26 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

After our recent article looking at the scandal of uncontested elections, the Chief Executive of the Electoral Reform Society Katie Ghose got in touch to highlight just how endemic the problem is and ...

No Contest

Created on 21 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... viable alternative be in place; with no alternative they are able to continue as before, potentially making the same mistakes to the detriment of local people for years at a time. Add to that the fact ...

What happens next?

Created on 13 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... documents, positions and offers have built a case for devolution of some kind. Perhaps now is the time for a collective voice for local authorities of all types - metropolitan, district and county - ...

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

... local government commissioning and asked when was the last time a council sought to commission from a 'story' of an individual and what they want from their care. I was taken with this as a solution: I ...

An Exchange of Ideas

Created on 27 February 2015. Posted in Our blog

... recent example appeared on my Twitter feed while I had the time to dig a little deeper… FutureGov recently wrote a blog discussing a report by Policy Exchange (PX), and they introduced it thusly [1]: ...

Reflections on UKGC15

Created on 28 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... on UKGovCamp15. I didn’t miss the introductions Long-time campers will have been slightly surprised to see that there wasn’t the usual obligatory round of audience introductions, where everyone in ...

#UKGC15

Created on 21 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... the first time, I will be attending not as a member of local government but as a member of the private sector (albeit one who works nigh-on exclusively with local government). I’m interested to see if ...

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

... in the autumn time. I recognise that these are also a limited selection of pieces from a smallish amount of councils and also are just one year’s announcements from a half decade of austerity but I hope ...

Yours, angry of Spelthorne…

Created on 05 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

The LGIU Daily Briefing is a valuable resource for local government officers and I try to make time to read it every day. Most days I find it a useful source of context and stories; some relevant to work ...

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 ...