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The Comms2point0 Unawards are coming...

Created on 10 November 2014. Posted in Our blog

... 10am and 2pm on Thursday November 11.   What will happen? We'll give out some awards and then we'll sit back for a special screening of comms classic 'In the Loop.'   It's for public sector people. ...

FOI in five words

Created on 19 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... available in the public domain already. I’d looked through committee papers and spoken with a few people I knew, but FOI was the quickest, most reliable way left to me so I took it.   I took my time ...

Tattoos are a choice you will need to live with

Created on 18 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... did I have any immediate plans to do so, but I felt that in any role which would involve regular interaction with people outside of direct work colleagues, i.e. the general public or other organisations, ...

Speed Dating and Magic Beans: Social Care in 2014.

Created on 11 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... social care spend and many other (formerly discretionary) facets of social care that are now law. The public is therefore entitled to align expectations accordingly.   On the demand side there is significantly ...

Running before you can walk; Government plans to share your data

Created on 04 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... that the Government are, in their enthusiasm, trying to run before they have even learnt to walk.   Probably the biggest area where the sharing of data and information could benefit the public is in ...

Cricket and Councils; more alike than you'd think

Created on 29 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... forward and the exciting bursts that happen from time to time. Much of the most important and interesting work goes on out of the public glare so is often forgotten about; anyone who thinks all local government ...

Political interference

Created on 27 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

28th July 2014 The London Borough of Tower Hamlets is currently under investigation for allegedly diverting £2m in public grants to Bangladeshi and Somali groups.  This investigation was triggered ...

talkSPORT and the centralised country

Created on 16 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... more honest about the amount of devolution the public expect and the politicians expect to deliver. Or perhaps I should stop reading so much into radio propaganda and instead start watching London Live? ...

LGA Conference 2014

Created on 11 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... to identify, and it’s infuriating. Compare and contrast this year’s event with just 12 months ago, when the 2013 conference in Manchester saw the unveiling of the Rewired Public Services document which ...

Reflections on LocalGovCamp 2014

Created on 23 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

...  Private bad, public good Having not been intending to pitch anything at all and to simply take part, I surprised myself by jumping into the queue on the spur of the moment and pitching two sessions, ...

The local government brain drain

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... this is a problem per se. The public sector should not be afraid of the private sector and the more good ideas we have in local government the better; wherever they come from. However, I do worry that ...

Are our heads in the digital sand?

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... and 61% of Chief Executives agree their council is confidently embracing the opportunities new technology offers to deliver better local public services. However,” and this is where it gets really interesting, ...

First day at my new school

Created on 10 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... with young people specifically or with the wider public more generally, so this new role is a bit of a carer change. Not one totally out of left field, but not one where the only difference between it ...

Ten things I know about Local Government

Created on 29 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

Today, Friday 30 May, is not only my last day in my current job, it is also my last day in the public sector. I am leaving local government’s ranks and joining a really exciting company to work on digital ...

Nesta Launch Civic Exchange

Created on 28 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... our own thinking caps on to see how we can contribute to this, so be sure to do that too. Introducing Civic Exchange Here at Nesta, we’ve launched Civic Exchange to help improve public services by ...

Sort-of-goodbye

Created on 09 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... in over eight years be outside of the public sector, though I will be working very closely with Councils to look at their digital needs and then to bring some top technical minds to the table to meet those ...

Local – Central: Time to sum up

Created on 16 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... a more focused co-design process for central government policy making. It is not the case that no local – central work is underway and our fourth post publicised the work of the Public Sector Transformation ...

Taking Paternity Leave

Created on 16 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... hopefully it will help publicise the opportunity to other men in a similar position. It won’t work for everyone but at least they’ll know about it.  ...

Different Votes for Different Folks

Created on 06 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... three key areas which it sees as fundamental to the take-up of the right to vote each and every one of us has: Minimum voting age How we vote How we publicise election information I'll avoid ...