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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

In the previous article a simple premise was explored; that the introduction of a Local Government Digital Service (LGDS) would be a good thing for local government in the UK. If you’ve not read it yet ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 1

Created on 25 October 2015. Posted in Our blog

... whether or not to create a Local Government Digital Service seems to be popping its head above the proverbial parapet once more. Ever since GDS was ensconced within Whitehall, many corners of the local ...

Taking it offline

Created on 27 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

Over the years I have been a big and vocal advocate of digital solutions, so much so that I actually left the public sector in order to work on improving the way digital is done with local government. ...

Reflections on UKGC15

Created on 28 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... sessions are feeling a little more like micro-hackdays than talking shops. I like this. It’s still VERY digital GovCamp sprang up with a digital focus, and digital has played a key role in its evolution ...

2015 will be the year of…

Created on 14 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... their remote controls and take to the skies. Digital High Streets will become a thing I’ve written in the past about how councils might be able to help local businesses get more digital and online, ...

The Comms2point0 Unawards are coming...

Created on 10 November 2014. Posted in Our blog

...    The comms2point0 unawards categories   1. Best communications team  - chosen by the overall event sponsor 2. Best communications officer (this includes digital too) public vote sponsored ...

talkSPORT and the centralised country

Created on 16 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... sports radio station’ I saw this headline pop up when listening to digital radio the other day and it genuinely surprised me. talkSPORT is a fairly big radio station but how is it possible that it is ...

LGA Conference 2014

Created on 11 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... Lewes Council launching a finance management app via a ‘digital tips for councillors’ session. These were all fascinating, though there were moments when it felt like preaching to the choir as those in ...

Is economic growth an imperative for councils?

Created on 28 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... decision to cosy up to the international digital elites while poverty spreads on its own doorstep to the effective displacement of social tenants in the regeneration of Southwark's Elephant and Castle ...

Reflections on LocalGovCamp 2014

Created on 23 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... to have been picked up by a few people. After I’d grabbed some calories at lunchtime and consumed them whilst having conversations with some of the sponsors I remembered the Local Gov Digital steering ...

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

... are a number of very interesting points in there, each of which is really enough to write a separate piece on. To start with though I’m going to focus on the digital element of the findings as that was ...

Ten things I know about Local Government

Created on 29 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

Today, Friday 30 May, is not only my last day in my current job, it is also my last day in the public sector. I am leaving local government’s ranks and joining a really exciting company to work on digital ...

Nesta Launch Civic Exchange

Created on 28 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... showcasing civic apps and digital services, and we need your help to find the most impactful software out there.   As Apple’s trademarked saying goes, ‘there’s an app for that’ - and this rings true ...

Sort-of-goodbye

Created on 09 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... to earth, but no less interesting for me. It involved the chance to make use of my history in local government, delivery of exciting digital solutions to real problems and the chance to work with an exciting ...

S**t - I've been hacked!

Created on 17 February 2014. Posted in Our blog

... more useful to record who was sent what and when in order to build up a digital paper trail if needed in the future. In my situation, as soon as I found out about the hack I jumped straight onto Twitter ...

The K-Hub is dead; long live the K-Hub?

Created on 27 May 2013. Posted in Our blog

... to share knowledge, provided a space for good practice to be discussed and most of all recognised the central importance of creating digital spaces for these discussions. 2)      The fantastic Dave Briggs ...

Your local online High Street

Created on 17 April 2013. Posted in Our blog

... to return to shopping locally and supporting the markets at the heart of any town older than their local MP. All of this is laudable, but I was wondering recently; in a digital age, how can councils ...