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To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 3

Created on 15 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... was demanded, none of this was ‘owned’ by the authorities and none of this was mandatory. Yet it worked. Each company was better able to deliver applications and systems which worked effectively with ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 1

Created on 25 October 2015. Posted in Our blog

... will be no requirement for local authorities to do anything other than pay lip service and carry on regardless. LGDS would be the catalyst around which those interested could rally, would set out the work ...

100 days in office and all that...

Created on 23 August 2015. Posted in Our blog

... game in town for councils looking to evolve beyond the confines of prolonged demise by a thousand cuts.  Many local authorities are currently publicly committed to exploring the options whilst working ...

The next steps for equalities?

Created on 02 June 2015. Posted in Our blog

We like a guest post and today’s is one based on cold hard research. The topic is one that local authorities have long struggled with; that of equalities or more precisely how we, as the council, can ...

What happens next?

Created on 13 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... relationship with local authorities. The Conservatives have thus far been much more open to asymmetric devolution proposals, and although the city-centric approach may continue to hold sway the Tory shires ...

So Long and Thanks For All the Flags

Created on 11 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

...  And the financial impact doesn’t stop there. Mr Pickles was vital in the process of reducing and removing the amount of ring-fencing around budgets, giving local authorities a far greater degree of financial ...

An Exchange of Ideas

Created on 27 February 2015. Posted in Our blog

... ““Local authorities could save up to £10billion by 2020 through smarter and more collaborative use of technology and data.” Quite the eye catching headline from a new Policy Exchange.” PX have used this ...

2015 will be the year of…

Created on 14 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... regardless of the scale or sector of the organisation behind it. 2015 will start to see more local authorities realising that a website needn’t be bland and boring to look at; form and function can in ...

A whole load of cuts

Created on 05 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... of £2.3bn in the last financial year despite the coalition's austerity programme. The paper says local authorities have saved money partly through the loss of half a million staff since 2010 - about a ...

FOI in five words

Created on 19 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

I had a novel experience a couple of weeks ago. For the first time in my life I put in an FOI request. It was sent to six local authorities, and asked them three or four questions about a topic which wasn’t ...

The worst is yet to come

Created on 28 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

Over the last few years I think I have become partially immune to stories about the cuts that local authorities are still required to make. In part this is because the cuts have been such a part of our ...

Is economic growth an imperative for councils?

Created on 28 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... provocative than the article which was, as always, a thoughtful look at the issue; examining tensions in housing policy and the struggles that local authorities and social landlords are having in balancing ...

The local government brain drain

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

17th June 2014 This blog’s co-author Glen has left local government and taken up a cool job working with a digital company who work alongside local authorities. Its great opportunity for Glen and the ...

Are our heads in the digital sand?

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... “when we asked the public the same question, only 29% agreed… Clearly, local authorities still have some way to go when it comes to meeting the digital expectations of the public.” 29%, as opposed to ...

Local Government Strategic Leaders Forum – A WLLG field trip

Created on 09 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... conference has some fairly big hitters as its keynote speakers including Brandon Lewis and Tony Travers and the Chief Executives of six local authorities. We reckon we have a number of options for what ...

Ten things I know about Local Government

Created on 29 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... changing so fast that good people are presented with opportunities to help shape that change. This has had many benefits, with good practice spread over many local authorities and superb peer support ...

‘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 ...

Local – Central: Time to sum up

Created on 16 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... After all, Governments of all stripes have made noises about greater devolution of powers to local authorities and more importantly about linking up services between the local and the central. One only ...