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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 ...

Equality of Opportunity and the Exam System

Created on 30 September 2015. Posted in Our blog

... next 20% get a B and so on with the bottom 20% getting an E. In this model exam grades are not giving potential employers an absolute sense of your ability but a relative sense of how you performed in ...

100 days in office and all that...

Created on 23 August 2015. Posted in Our blog

... approach, but so frequently usurped by short term-ism.   So with 100 days gone & many developments yet to emerge, it’s fair to say the next 5 years remain a period of great uncertainty & potential ...

The next steps for equalities?

Created on 02 June 2015. Posted in Our blog

We like a guest post and today’s is one based on cold hard research. The topic is one that local authorities have long struggled with; that of equalities or more precisely how we, as the council, can ...

No Contest

Created on 21 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

It has been well publicised in the post-Election media coverage that it took 3.9million votes to elect a single UKIP candidate to parliament. The Green party saw 1.14million people putting a cross next ...

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

... things, like the Empire State building, can only truly be appreciated from a distance”. The intent was I believe to say that some things, when viewed up close, seem as ordinary as the next and nothing ...

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 ...

Reflections on UKGC15

Created on 28 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... is created and had by the people who attend; I’d love to find a way to get some less digital people to come along next time though. The rule of thirds There were a few people I spoke with who felt ...

A whole load of cuts

Created on 05 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... around the country a useful reminder of the reality of the savings. 11/12 Birmingham to cut jobs More than 6,000 jobs are to be cut at Birmingham City Council in the next three years, including over ...

The boy who cried wolf

Created on 03 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... eaten. The next few lines of this post should involve me trying to explain the cuts that are going to hit my authority in the next three years, the impact of these cuts on real people and the challenges ...

FOI in five words

Created on 19 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... in over the next day or two, telling me that it would be dealt with within 20 days which was all as expected. When I in fact got in after the weekend and found not only an acknowledgement from Wigan Council ...

Tattoos are a choice you will need to live with

Created on 18 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... someone can do a job, they should be equal with the next person who has the same CV." In local government I’ve not heard the arguments for and against such discrimination played out at any length or ...

The worst is yet to come

Created on 28 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... the Government have continued to keep the squeeze on and have factored in ever more savings over the next three to four years. I was reminded of this over the weekend when reading this story about Coventry ...

Showing our working out

Created on 22 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... rather than what we did to get from one stage to the next. We also condense these lessons down to very few, often focussing on the individuals involved rather than the processes we went through. We also ...

LGA Conference 2014

Created on 11 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... attendance were self-selecting and therefore probably interested already. No bad thing, but I’d love to get some of those more antipathetic into those discussions too. Perhaps it was the next natural ...

Is economic growth an imperative for councils?

Created on 28 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... this is nowhere near a universal thing. Should councils abandon economic growth because it feels uncomfortable next to their other social aims? No, that would be as big an abrogation of their responsibilities ...

Can contract management be sexy?

Created on 28 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... say, the next 5 years. On the contrary there are always negotiations to be had and adjustments that can be made.   It’s not sexy but unlocking £150m of savings really doesn’t need to be.  ...