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To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 3

Created on 15 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... supporting the sector. Shared standards, processes and schema A couple of months ago a workshop was held in which it was shared that in another industry a total lack of any shared standards was hampering ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 1

Created on 25 October 2015. Posted in Our blog

... structures of the UK. There is no way LGDS would be able to operate without investment, and the provision of such investment would clearly demonstrate that local government wasn’t simply another item ...

Escaping the Green Belt

Created on 30 September 2015. Posted in Our blog

... The fact that it hasn’t is a failure of epic proportions – I’ll leave a discussion of exactly why this has happened for another day. Far more importantly, you may wonder what we should do instead. We ...

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

... one style over another upon them. With the exception of transactions (bookings, payments, information, etc…), which should all be done online, collaboration needs to be tackled using a range of tools ...

So Long and Thanks For All the Flags

Created on 11 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... was that at Cabinet meetings when George Osborne said "ok, we need to make another couple of billion....any ideas?", whilst everyone else looked down and shuffled their papers, E-Pic could barely wait ...

Reflections on UKGC15

Created on 28 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... a need for more open data, the need for some sort of software or the need for GDS (or its local government equivalent – more on that another day…). The way these things are set up means that the conversation ...

2015 will be the year of…

Created on 14 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... of wearable tech or another, be it the sensors in your watch which check your health or simply the belt you wear which knows when it should loosen itself. Trouble is, at the more sophisticated end of the ...

Writing about writing

Created on 16 December 2014. Posted in Our blog

... may stay on our work blog. Who knows? One thing I do know is that 2015 will see a lot more public writing from me, one way or another. I apologise in advance.    ...

Speed Dating and Magic Beans: Social Care in 2014.

Created on 11 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... here's a brilliant piece for you to read through about a pretty serious topic; social care...   I will ease you in with a simple thought- the way we care for one another matters most about society. ...

Cricket and Councils; more alike than you'd think

Created on 29 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... instantly to demands to change gear and direction. Taken over the duration of the match titanic struggles are played out, with the balance of success teetering one way or another rbased on the decisions ...

The worst is yet to come

Created on 28 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... Council who are set to lose another 1,000 staff on top of the 1,000 who have already left. The move equates to 1 in 6 members of the current workforce being made redundant or retiring and not being replaced ...

Political interference

Created on 27 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... a competitive pitch. He described it as a “scandalous waste of money”. Another senior figure involved in the decision to award £299,800 from the Cabinet Office to the organisation said the funding request ...

Showing our working out

Created on 22 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... by some extremely painful and difficult birthing pains after which all of that gets forgotten as you look into the baby’s eyes and resolve to have another one as they are so fantastic. You develop a form ...

LGA Conference 2014

Created on 11 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... gave them the chance to meet a wide range of organisations and suppliers looking to work with local government in one way or another, as well as hearing from MPs about how central government is responding ...

First day at my new school

Created on 10 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... in local government, and another eight in the voluntary and community sector before that. Over all that time I've always worked in some way, shape or form in the world of community engagement, be that ...

‘First past the post' - National Planning Practice Guidance

Created on 31 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... of another local planning authority they may fail the test of compliance with the duty to cooperate or the plan may be found unsound.   Hence the title of this article; first one to get to PINS (the ...

Local – Central: Time to sum up

Created on 16 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... Network. Another guest post, this one from Mark Upton, argued that we need to create ‘safe spaces’ for public servants across central and local government to get to know each other better and discussed ...