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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 ...

No Contest

Created on 21 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... no fear of reproach. Whether the opposition is in the right or not is in many respects irrelevant; the mere act of challenge goes towards ensuring that no short cuts are made, nor processes foregone for ...

What happens next?

Created on 13 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... partners the Lib Dems to temper some of the Tory proposals, those working in the sector may be expecting the worst. Certainly the preceding five years of austerity, public funding cuts & the dismissive ...

So Long and Thanks For All the Flags

Created on 11 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... Alliance). Whether this saw cuts to unnecessary spending or it instead removed a huge amount of senior experience from the ranks when it was needed the most is as always up for debate, but it certainly ...

An Exchange of Ideas

Created on 27 February 2015. Posted in Our blog

Christopher, Of Honour and House Paradiso are all very notable things to put before or after the word 'guest', but none comes close to making us as happy as being able to put the word Post after it. Today ...

A whole load of cuts

Created on 05 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

As I mentioned last week I am a big fan of the LGIU briefings. One of the elements they provide is a useful summary of local stories regarding local government cuts in specific areas. A few months ago ...

The boy who cried wolf

Created on 03 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

...  2014 was, in many ways, the year in which the penny dropped about local authority finances. Despite Kris Hopkins’ brave defence of Government spending cuts – which basically consisted of bad maths ...

The Comms2point0 Unawards are coming...

Created on 10 November 2014. Posted in Our blog

... Shout really loudly so your boss and your bosses' boss can hear. In 2014, in a landscape of cuts people really should be shouting. That's where awards come in.   Trouble is in local government these ...

Speed Dating and Magic Beans: Social Care in 2014.

Created on 11 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... right of veto. I reckon they’ll use it. ·         Taking 26% out of any system, saddling it with swinging cuts until at least 2020 and raising public expectation at the same time isn’t cricket. ·         Promising ...

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

... falling with the cuts). If you can get this balance right then you don’t need to abandon the poor to pursue economic growth. Indeed, if you are brining jobs to the area and then helping people get back ...

Ten things I know about Local Government

Created on 29 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... discussions about cuts to spending, cuts to services and impending economic doom. These days it seems that because we survived for a bit and a lot of people didn’t notice too much, that we’re through the ...

Central – Local 10: Testing the assumption

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... cuts accompanying the disagreements but this point seems well made. As a non-politician it’s not really my place to comment but if there are to be changes to improve relations between local and central ...

Central - Local 4: The Public Sector Transformation Network

Created on 06 December 2013. Posted in Our blog

... the same budget certainty as departments at the next SR; local government was spared from additional cuts, given more borrowing power for housing and the flexibility to sell assets to spend on one off ...

Central – Local 2a: The LGA lays out its priorities

Created on 23 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... Sir Merrick has generally been a strong advocate for local government so he deserves some slack here. Now, I know that all public policy is about choices but I feel really uncomfortable advocating cuts ...

Central - Local 1a: Abolish the DCLG?

Created on 03 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... of the department making the cuts. The latter comment just says what you already know; if the public aren't fighting for the services you provide the politicians won't feel the need to stand up for them. ...