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Local – Central 3: Sharing the policy making process

Created on 23 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... responded to and some changes made the framework for that decision making will rarely, if ever, shift and when it does it usually has little or nothing to do with the formal consultation. It should ...

Central – Local 2a: The LGA lays out its priorities

Created on 23 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... within the UK rather than picking on the receivers of public services in Scotland and Northern Ireland. But before we push on let’s just be clear about this; the Barnett formula does need reforming ...

Central - Local 1a: Abolish the DCLG?

Created on 03 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... national policy making in quite the same way. Instead of manning the barricades we've generally fought hard to make the most of our position. This is admirable but doesn't argue for the ongoing relevance ...

Central - Local

Created on 26 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

... crusade to link up social care and health care (a crusade for which he perhaps doesn't get enough credit), calls from leading local government lights like Essex leader David Finch (£) or the DCLG select ...

Our Day

Created on 13 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

... the years I would like to see local residents contribute to this; recognising the role that their local council plays in their local area. Taking all of this together what does ‘Our Day’ mean for me? ...

Service Before Self

Created on 23 September 2013. Posted in Our blog

... It was sent in anonymously and will stay that way, but that doesn't mean it is anything other than very real. Rachel looked after my wife’s gran when she was dying. She works for a private sector care ...

Tales from the NHS

Created on 15 September 2013. Posted in Our blog

... of care for the patients was damaged. If ever there was a situation that demonstrates why the NHS is seen as a failing bureaucracy this is it. Well, the story doesn’t end here. On her first day she ...

Vote early and vote often

Created on 05 August 2013. Posted in Our blog

... all taught when we were kids ‘it doesn’t matter who you vote for just as long as you vote’.   So what are you waiting for; vote now!    ...

Internet dating for the bureaucrat

Created on 04 August 2013. Posted in Our blog

... perspective it is often difficult to get people who work in children’s services to talk to colleagues who work in adult’s services (to use two services at random). However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t important; ...