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To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 3

Created on 15 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

The introduction of a Local Government Digital Service (LGDS), building on the work done by central government’s GDS, is an ongoing discussion which divides opinion as neatly as the introduction of a new ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 2

Created on 01 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... are now going to be replaced with something new and centrally controlled. They may be able to have some influence over it, to help shape it, but they will no longer be able to decide what to do, when to ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 1

Created on 25 October 2015. Posted in Our blog

...  Whatever happens in central government, there is a constant discussion around if and how GDS will either influence, support or lead local government to its next digital plateau. Despite the fact that ...

100 days in office and all that...

Created on 23 August 2015. Posted in Our blog

... of a set of “off the peg” models being developed centrally in attempt to please everyone, effectively pleasing no-one & nullifying the innovation and place-centric possibilities that are the foundation ...

What happens next?

Created on 13 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... for optimism. The appointment of Greg Clark as Communities Secretary indicates a continued emphasis on devolution and decentralisation, together with a more collegiate and constructive approach to Whitehall's ...

So Long and Thanks For All the Flags

Created on 11 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... were better able to push for bespoke deals with central government, with the aim of redressing the perceived imbalance between the almighty powerhouse of London and regions outside of the M25. Yes, a lot ...

#UKGC15

Created on 21 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... the work of local and central government.   Govcamps, whether local or otherwise, are possibly the place I feel most at home. Last year I tweeted out that I looked around and felt that “these are my ...

2015 will be the year of…

Created on 14 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... by introducing sensors which talk to a central system and direct actions based on simple rules; were this to be rolled out at scale the possibilities are enormous. However, this involves a significant ...

A whole load of cuts

Created on 05 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... sixth of the total - in contrast to minimal net job losses in central government. Before the last financial year England's 444 local authorities predicted they would have to eat into their reserves by ...

The Comms2point0 Unawards are coming...

Created on 10 November 2014. Posted in Our blog

... So if you are local government, social housing, central government or the third sector then enter. There's also a private sector category too. So, enter. Only thing is the deadline for entering is November ...

Political interference

Created on 27 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... they wanted to ensure that the grants were given to organisations who shared their ideology; part of which had been a central plank of their manifesto. Similarly in Tower Hamlets a generous interpretation ...

talkSPORT and the centralised country

Created on 16 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... blog has, for many years, debated the peculiarly centralised British state, and argued that we need far more devolution to local councils and local people. This hasn’t really happened so far and despite ...

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 ...

Reflections on LocalGovCamp 2014

Created on 23 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... be. Local Gov Digital has it within itself to take just that role for itself when it comes to local government and the digital agenda. I love the work that GDS has done for central government, but LGD ...

Local – Central: Time to sum up

Created on 16 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

25th March 2014 When we started writing a series about relations between central and local government we did not have a firm plan; indeed, if we had one the series probably would not have taken over ...

Central – Local 10: Testing the assumption

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

19th March 2014 Over the past six months or so we have been running a series of posts looking at how the relations between central and local government can be improved. Underpinning all the posts has ...

The death of policy?

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... the recent, and excellent,Yes Minister; Yes Councillor event at the Cabinet Office one of the speakers mentioned that the big difference between local and central government was how well central government ...

Local - Central 9: Yes Minister; Yes Councillor

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... Graduate scheme - Meinir Jones, Oliver Barnes and Tom Johnson – the event sought to give an insight to young staff in both central and local government about how the other half live. Here, they sum up ...