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No Contest

Created on 21 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... to their name in return for the same number of MPs, while even the average number of votes required to secure the post for SNP candidates was something like 27,000. Do you know how many votes it took ...

#UKGC15

Created on 21 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... I deliberately call them relationships rather than contacts as that’s what they are; relationships which enable me to be challenged and to challenge in return, to survive over the years and the events ...

Can contract management be sexy?

Created on 28 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... years by renegotiating its contract with Capita. The council's cabinet is being asked to approve the continuation of the Service Birmingham contract with Capita "in return for substantial savings".   ...

8 things I learnt whilst on paternity leave

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

23rd June 2014 Never in my life has twelve weeks gone so quickly.  As I return to work after my three month paternity leave I find myself experiencing a similar sense of trepidation as I did when I ...

Ten things I know about Local Government

Created on 29 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... worst of it and things will return to ‘normal’. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The cuts to local government to date have decimated services, and resulted in just about every discretionary service ...

‘First past the post' - National Planning Practice Guidance

Created on 31 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... that the duty to cooperate is not a ‘duty to agree’ and what to do if your neighbouring authorities never return your calls or come to your dinner parties anymore. The answer is to keep meticulous records ...

Taking Paternity Leave

Created on 16 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

20th March 2014 Today is a pretty strange day for me. Later this afternoon I will walk out of my office and know that I won’t be returning for three months. I am not resigning, taking a long holiday ...

Central - Local 1a: Abolish the DCLG?

Created on 03 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... to show that it provides that role. If the civil servants, and the functions they do, were elsewhere do we really think the situation would be worse? On the welovelocalgovernment podcast (set to return ...

A Busman's Holiday

Created on 04 August 2013. Posted in Our blog

... the lack of a commitment to post every day have contributed. Nonetheless, we do want to try and post a little more regularly and as a starting point here is something I wrote when I returned from holiday ...

Your local online High Street

Created on 17 April 2013. Posted in Our blog

... to return to shopping locally and supporting the markets at the heart of any town older than their local MP. All of this is laudable, but I was wondering recently; in a digital age, how can councils ...

12 Things I learnt about podcasting

Created on 03 April 2013. Posted in Our blog

  In case you didn’t know, when Gareth and I took the decision to return to We Love Local Government we also took the decision to do something we had been talking about doing for ages – record a podcast ...

When is an efficiency not an efficiency?

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... that many people believed George Osborne with his £4 billion.So, to return to my training session: Our friendly training consultant was explaining the sort of ‘wastes’ we should be identifying as part ...

A degree of essential skills?

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... problems facing all at Dale Farm, to equalities monitoring information, we’ve tackled it recently. However, today is a return to a simple, straightforward old school rant, so if this is not your thing ...

Youth, and Local Government, is wasted on the young – Part 1

Created on 19 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... promotes). Maybe this leads to younger people leaving local government to progress their career, have big ideas, try new things and feel empowered before they then return to local government when the ...

The National Graduate Development Programme (NGDP)

Created on 19 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... churn, you would be able to guarantee that the upfront investment would lead to returns. A solution needs to be found that will provide some educational rigour to those who join the scheme. It doesn’t ...

The abolition of the Audit Commission

Created on 19 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... Commission from doing all of the other work it currently did and return it to being a public sector auditor. This would probably have saved most of the full £50 million Mr Pickles has identified and maintain ...

The Council should deal with that

Created on 19 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... returned to the Member and passed back to the resident. Okay, not even I can defend this!  To even consider going through that entire process because some pigeons – PIGEONS! – are on your veranda beggars ...

E-mail: The great blight on productivity

Created on 19 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... for an acknowledgement email. Take responsibility for keeping group email lists up to date. Set up your Out of Office message when relevant and switch it off on your return. Ask to be left off circular ...

We're back...

Created on 24 February 2013. Posted in Our blog

They say you should never go back. Nine months ago we closed down our blog; the original We Love Local Government. For those who don’t know; the blog was a daily, and anonymous, blog about local ...