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To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 3

Created on 15 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... from LGDS. As well as having the benefit of bringing LGDS practices and principles to a wider range of councils than ever before without bogging things down in a year-long programme of work which ends ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 2

Created on 01 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... past few years councils have said that soon they will be stripping themselves down to only doing what they legally are required to do, nothing more. There is no legal requirement at the time of writing ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 1

Created on 25 October 2015. Posted in Our blog

... years, LGDS would be perfectly placed to tackle these head-on and cut through much of the inertia that the sector has faced. Best and Brightest Way back when GDS was forming out of the primordigital ...

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

A few years ago I was delivering some training with a colleague who told a little anecdote about a parks officer he had met who opened the parks in his patch in a random order – zigzagging across the Borough ...

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

... it’s not just Birmingham that’s been asking these questions. A number of cities – from Plymouth to Sheffield to York – have held fairness commissions in recent years to understand why entrenched inequalities ...

Taking it offline

Created on 27 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

Over the years I have been a big and vocal advocate of digital solutions, so much so that I actually left the public sector in order to work on improving the way digital is done with local government. ...

Time to elect a new system?

Created on 26 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... take place – not because it wasn’t an election year, but because only one person stood in their ward. When that happens, the result is a foregone conclusion: they’ve already won the seat well before polling ...

No Contest

Created on 21 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... to elect a local councillor in Eden District Council in Cumbria this year? Zero. In fact, it took the same number of votes to see 21 candidates elected to that particular local council. 21 ‘elected representative’ ...

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

... on Uncle Eric’s legacy. Over the years, many – this blog included – have given E-Pic a fair degree of criticism for some of his more outlandish behaviours and obsessions. I am not sure I will ever quite ...

Things I learned at 'What Next for Local Government'

Created on 01 April 2015. Posted in Our blog

... to catch up with former colleagues (although less this year) more importantly they attract good speakers and interesting break out sessions.  This year was no exception. I've admitted before that my ...

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 ...

Reflections on UKGC15

Created on 28 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... over the years. However, Gareth pointed out to me that digital seemed to be the default solution for just about every conversation had that day, and he was right. Every issue seemed to boil down to either ...

#UKGC15

Created on 21 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... the work of local and central government.   Govcamps, whether local or otherwise, are possibly the place I feel most at home. Last year I tweeted out that I looked around and felt that “these are my ...

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

... has admitted that six of its elected members have not paid their council tax for three years. The six, who cannot be identified due to the Data Protection Act, have fallen behind with their payments since ...