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To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 3

Created on 15 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... accepted within the sector. It cannot impose, but if it doesn’t offer something that hasn’t been offered before it will not be worth doing. It must both engage with and challenge the private sector rather ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 2

Created on 01 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... real and lasting change. So what’s the problem? Why wouldn’t it work? And where does that leave the sector? No-one can possibly know for certain what the introduction of LGDS would mean for local government. ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 1

Created on 25 October 2015. Posted in Our blog

... and events a network has been building and growing which does all that LGDS would do but has the added benefit of doing things from within, meaning they will be far more palatable for the sector to accept. ...

Escaping the Green Belt

Created on 30 September 2015. Posted in Our blog

... they aren’t, the policy itself does not meet the needs. Let’s look at them in turn: 1)    Preventing urban sprawl A belt of a mile or two across would manage this and you certainly wouldn’t require ...

100 days in office and all that...

Created on 23 August 2015. Posted in Our blog

... of devolution’s purpose.  The asymmetric approach is, in my opinion, correct given how wide the “readiness” gap is for greater responsibilities & opportunities, but this does mean there will be considerable ...

The next steps for equalities?

Created on 02 June 2015. Posted in Our blog

... foot. Rather than react to problems we need to proactively shape the future. Which brings us back to where we started: how much does a Birmingham woman earn compared to a man? The answer is £81 for every ...

Time to elect a new system?

Created on 26 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... is a problem that’s getting worse. And quite simply it’s unacceptable. But it doesn’t have to be like this. Scotland used to suffer from the problem of uncontested seats. But this was eradicated by the ...

No Contest

Created on 21 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... there – but it does ensure that competition will always be in place. This may go a long way to reconnecting party candidates to communities, as well as enabling local people to in return connect with ...

What happens next?

Created on 13 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... reckoning the Conservatives' reputation for financial judiciousness won the day. So what does this mean for the future of public services in the next five years and beyond?  Without their erstwhile ...

So Long and Thanks For All the Flags

Created on 11 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... difficult to remain hopeful for the future when the person theoretically at the top of the local government decision making pile does nothing but publicly and privately berate your work and belittle your ...

Things I learned at 'What Next for Local Government'

Created on 01 April 2015. Posted in Our blog

... recognise the challenges but as we went through the day and discussed ethnography and it's role in innovation I was reminded of this challenge. A good social worker does something like this when designing ...

An Exchange of Ideas

Created on 27 February 2015. Posted in Our blog

... leanings which will be reflected in their policy campaigns [6]. This doesn’t mean the opinions/views/ reports should be dismissed without consideration but we need to recognise and understand where the ...

2015 will be the year of…

Created on 14 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... when they launched Verify, the new way in which they are able to verify who you are online (do you see what they did there with the name? I told you they were clever…). It doesn’t try to get you to create ...

Yours, angry of Spelthorne…

Created on 05 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... ‘banned’ list (which I hope would be empty) at the start of every meeting. It’s easy to do and I can’t imagine any member of the public objecting to it.   In fact with an election coming up does anyone ...

The boy who cried wolf

Created on 03 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... we face in delivering them. But that’s not the story for today; theoretical cuts are not going to cut it in the pantheon of public debate. The fact that we are projecting the future through our work does ...

The Comms2point0 Unawards are coming...

Created on 10 November 2014. Posted in Our blog

... boss would love to put you in for an award, the posh London hotel, the train travel and the overnight London hotel. But your boss doesn't have a spare £600 anymore.   So, that's why we came up with ...

Tattoos are a choice you will need to live with

Created on 18 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... think this doesn’t matter when compared to their ability to do their job. Yes, discrimination does unfortunately still exist, but as far as facts go none of these things make a blind bit of difference ...

Speed Dating and Magic Beans: Social Care in 2014.

Created on 11 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... instances of misused resources; the scandal of £3,500+ per week beds in assessment and treatment units for one example. This does not mean the system is adequately resourced.   There is a wider context ...

Showing our working out

Created on 22 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... Just saying “be more like us” not only does others no good but it does a huge disservice to those who are good, not valuing the effort that went into things and making it seem as if everyone could do exactly ...