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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 ...

Escaping the Green Belt

Created on 30 September 2015. Posted in Our blog

... people to poverty. If there was any other Government policy which was contributing so significantly to making a negative impact on the lives of its residents it would have been dealt with years ago. ...

100 days in office and all that...

Created on 23 August 2015. Posted in Our blog

... tweets @futuresinfinite on the twitter. Do check out his blog but before that do check out his take on the first 100 days of the new Government and what it means for local government. The government ...

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. ...

No Contest

Created on 21 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... glamour of parliament draws the politically interested to it like moths to a flame; none of them look towards the moonlight that is local government as it is deemed the lesser of the two roles. Parties ...

What happens next?

Created on 13 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... rhetoric of prominent Tories will stoke the fears of many in local government.  The pledges made in the Conservatives' manifesto and during the election campaign raise as many questions as answers. The ...

So Long and Thanks For All the Flags

Created on 11 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... position (be)heading the Department for Communities and Local Government to be replaced by Greg Clark, former Minister for Universities, Science and Cities. And you know what? I’m not sure where I stand ...

Things I learned at 'What Next for Local Government'

Created on 01 April 2015. Posted in Our blog

On Friday 27th March a group of graduates from the NGDP local government graduate scheme gathered for the annual-ish Alumni conference. I really enjoy these events; as much as they provide an opportunity ...

An Exchange of Ideas

Created on 27 February 2015. Posted in Our blog

... we have the chance to do just that with this excellent guest post from Rob Jackson, which takes a look at just one of the many claims made about how local government could keep doing more than it already ...

Reflections on UKGC15

Created on 28 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... a need for more open data, the need for some sort of software or the need for GDS (or its local government equivalent – more on that another day…). The way these things are set up means that the conversation ...

#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

... that I present my own 12 predictions for 2015 with regards to how technology might affect local government. Please don’t hold it against me in 2016… The Internet of Things This term has sprung up over ...

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 ...

Yours, angry of Spelthorne…

Created on 05 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

The LGIU Daily Briefing is a valuable resource for local government officers and I try to make time to read it every day. Most days I find it a useful source of context and stories; some relevant to work ...

The boy who cried wolf

Created on 03 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... chicken-ness – stems from a combination of a lack of anonymity (gone are the good old days) and the fact that my work now leads me slap bang into the middle of many of the controversies of local government ...

Writing about writing

Created on 16 December 2014. Posted in Our blog

... knew I could talk about, but which wouldn’t necessarily endear me to my workplace. Be it comments on government policy, criticism or support for the work undertaken by particular political parties or simply ...

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 ...