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To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 3

Created on 15 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... arguably be far better known more quickly than anyone else. Of course, care would need to be taken to ensure that it didn’t get too big for its boots, didn’t start trying to dictate to the sector and ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 2

Created on 01 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... of the game they are and how others should follow their leads. Senior officers build reputations and indeed careers on being (and, just as importantly, being seen as) better than those around them. Imagine ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 1

Created on 25 October 2015. Posted in Our blog

... ability and authority to do so. ICT and web managers saw quick progress being made on previously intransigent issues, an ethos which cried out openness and pace and a service which wasn’t scared to share ...

No Contest

Created on 21 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... seen but just as vital services including (but very much not limited to) social services, youth provision, health and social care, planning and local employment. They work with people and for people from ...

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

... local government commissioning and asked when was the last time a council sought to commission from a 'story' of an individual and what they want from their care. I was taken with this as a solution: I ...

An Exchange of Ideas

Created on 27 February 2015. Posted in Our blog

... Care Fund [5]. Finally, and this is a point not specifically about PE or the author of the report but we need to be aware that think tanks, despite proclamations of independence, often have political ...

#UKGC15

Created on 21 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

If you’ve not heard already, UKGovCamp15 is nearly upon us; it’s taking place at Microsoft HQ in Victoria on Saturday 24 January, bringing together a huge number of people who passionately care about improving ...

A whole load of cuts

Created on 05 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... along with £7.9m trimmed from the health and social care budget. 11/11 Councils build up reserves of £2.3bn According to analysis conducted by the FT, England’s councils have built up extra reserves ...

Yours, angry of Spelthorne…

Created on 05 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... as in the councillors. What right do they have to demand money from me if they are not paying it themselves 2)      Surely people are elected as councillors because they care about local services. And ...

The boy who cried wolf

Created on 03 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... referenced social care cuts when talking about the A&E crisis, local government reform featured in the Scottish referendum debate and the local government spending announcement was the lead story on ...

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. ...

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

Created on 04 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... the sharing of data within health and social care. The Government have tried a couple of routes to solve this problem and both have had their problems. The first was the Caldicott 2 review which included ...

The worst is yet to come

Created on 28 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... my eye: As the report states: ‘With social care and waste spending absorbing a rising proportion of the resources available to councils, funding for other council services drops by 43% or £11.6 billion ...

Some thoughts before the Local Government Strategic Leaders Forum

Created on 23 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... pooled budgets and managing the least and social care budgets are just some examples of sessions with the cuts firmly in mind. However, my sense is that the discussions are becoming more mature and nuanced ...

Reflections on LocalGovCamp 2014

Created on 23 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... class/middle class/working class sketch, replacing upper class with the voluntary and community sector (“I am made up of the people who really care, who are motivated by higher ideals than money and who ...

8 things I learnt whilst on paternity leave

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... care really is a woman's world With (good?) reason nearly everything in the world of baby-care is dominated by women. I think I knew this when I took my time off but the extent of it did surprise me ...

First day at my new school

Created on 10 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... of toast. "I remember when I started at my new school I was really scared, are you scared?" She asked this today, as 10 June is the day I begin my new job with The Stationery Office after eight years ...

Ten things I know about Local Government

Created on 29 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... council is responsible for. I’ve heard it quoted that a council can have around 600 different and distinct functions to deliver, from adult social care to gritting to health inspections to community ...