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The next steps for equalities?

Created on 02 June 2015. Posted in Our blog

... will always be progress: between 2012 and 2013 the gender pay gap actually increased). It’s becoming increasingly obvious that our traditional approaches to equality are delivering progress at too slow ...

Taking it offline

Created on 27 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... taking the back seat. One particular area I've discussed has been the way digital can improve internal communications. Whether it’s improving the way e-mail is delivered between teams, using social enterprise ...

Time to elect a new system?

Created on 26 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... regularly contested, giving voters a real choice at the ballot box. Between 2011 and 2014 there were 382 uncontested council elections in England. That’s over 2.5 million people denied a vote. And in ...

No Contest

Created on 21 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... a clear divide between national and local coverage that of course voters are going to have little encouragement to find out about local candidates when the presidential style debates are dominating the ...

So Long and Thanks For All the Flags

Created on 11 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... a long, hot summers day. It’s between these two points that emotions swing when the DCLG career of Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP is reflected upon. Just a few short days after the Conservative party won a small ...

Things I learned at 'What Next for Local Government'

Created on 01 April 2015. Posted in Our blog

... for an interesting juxtaposition and one I think represented somewhat of the split between those of us 'doing the day job' and those with the the space to take the broader view. The challenge for all of ...

An Exchange of Ideas

Created on 27 February 2015. Posted in Our blog

... arrangements to make a success of Whole Place Community Budgets across the country could save the public sector between £9.4 billion and £20.6 billion over 5 years           This enormous savings ...

Reflections on UKGC15

Created on 28 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... on the event just gone. Some of these have been short bullet points, others more detailed treaties on life, the universe and everything; this is somewhere between the two. Here are my own reflections ...

2015 will be the year of…

Created on 14 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... saving money and time on people travelling between meetings in different buildings. Caring about sharing Social sharing sites such as Airbnb – the site helping people find accommodation around the ...

A whole load of cuts

Created on 05 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... a four-year budget strategy aimed at cutting spending by nearly £200m. The full 123-seat council approved the strategy, designed to save £196m between 2015-2019, on Tuesday. The cabinet previously said ...

Writing about writing

Created on 16 December 2014. Posted in Our blog

... wrong: I’ve not made the time. I never had the time available in the past, when between us Gareth and I turned out a different and detailed piece every single day of the week. No, we simply dedicated ourselves ...

The Comms2point0 Unawards are coming...

Created on 10 November 2014. Posted in Our blog

... the oldest working UK cinema. That's in Station Street. Two minutes from the newly revamped New Street station. Just around the corner from the shopping destination the Bullring. It takes place between ...

Speed Dating and Magic Beans: Social Care in 2014.

Created on 11 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... complex and skillful jobs they deliver. Hospitals should be a place of last resort. The problem is that the gap between political expectation and reality is widening at pace and the electorate aren’t yet ...

Cricket and Councils; more alike than you'd think

Created on 29 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... fit for kings. It turns out that most of the people I know who like cricket also happen to work in local government, and this got me thinking: where are the similarities between these two oft misunderstood ...

The worst is yet to come

Created on 28 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... service reductions.’ The below chart shows the looming gap between funding and expenditure.   I recommend that readers go and check out the whole document but there is one other chart that caught ...

LGA Conference 2014

Created on 11 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... demanded a changed relationship between local and central government. The atmosphere (which we discussed on a special edition of our podcast) was bullish and proud: local government for the first time ...

Is economic growth an imperative for councils?

Created on 28 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... then the question becomes about the balance between the priorities. Are we, as local authorities, making sure that we are focusing as much on the services we pay for from this growth as we are in generating ...