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To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 3

Created on 15 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... it could be that there is still a place for LGDS. It isn’t perhaps in the same form as those who promote it might envisage, but it is still a form which will enable it to take up a key role leading and ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 2

Created on 01 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... are now going to be replaced with something new and centrally controlled. They may be able to have some influence over it, to help shape it, but they will no longer be able to decide what to do, when to ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 1

Created on 25 October 2015. Posted in Our blog

... GDS leaving (including the spiritual father of it all Mike Bracken) have led to serious discussions taking place as to the purpose and future of the service itself. Some are saying that it looks like GDS ...

Escaping the Green Belt

Created on 30 September 2015. Posted in Our blog

... across introduce new rules for any building that takes place on land previous allocated as green belt. This could include the guarantee of gardens for all developments, protected parks, meadows and other ...

100 days in office and all that...

Created on 23 August 2015. Posted in Our blog

... of a set of “off the peg” models being developed centrally in attempt to please everyone, effectively pleasing no-one & nullifying the innovation and place-centric possibilities that are the foundation ...

Taking it offline

Created on 27 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... offering a better way of working that everyone will sign up to if only they can approach it with an open mind. Get rid of face to face and create a quieter, more orderly workplace where people can focus ...

Time to elect a new system?

Created on 26 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... take place – not because it wasn’t an election year, but because only one person stood in their ward. When that happens, the result is a foregone conclusion: they’ve already won the seat well before polling ...

No Contest

Created on 21 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... positions effectively without any elections being required. Eden District Council should not of course be seen as the only ones facing this issue; up and down the country hundreds of seats in places ...

What happens next?

Created on 13 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... reassessment of how the public, private and voluntary sectors work together in future to focus on local priorities. But place based budgets, financial autonomy, early intervention for complex issues, innovative ...

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 ...

An Exchange of Ideas

Created on 27 February 2015. Posted in Our blog

... that efficiencies will be running out by 2015/16.”  Can it be safely assumed that the total savings generated will increase further as a result of improved processes? Putting in place data-sharing ...

Reflections on UKGC15

Created on 28 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... place in my life. Okay, that last one was superstition rather than tradition, but it still counts. It’s a tradition that after a Camp of any kind I, along with other campers, produce a few reflections ...

#UKGC15

Created on 21 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

If you’ve not heard already, UKGovCamp15 is nearly upon us; it’s taking place at Microsoft HQ in Victoria on Saturday 24 January, bringing together a huge number of people who passionately care about improving ...

The boy who cried wolf

Created on 03 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... of your local authority, or local government in general. Unless you can back this up with action in the workplace, or handle it very sensitively, this is a quick way to bring trouble upon the heads of ...

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

... days that has all too often gone out of the window.    The hurried well done is replaced with a request to help with firefighting and there's an elephant in the room too. This elephant is that your ...

Tattoos are a choice you will need to live with

Created on 18 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... laws in the same way as other people who feel discriminated against either in the workplace or the hunt for jobs. The argument used within the article was one of capability rather than appearance: "If ...

Speed Dating and Magic Beans: Social Care in 2014.

Created on 11 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... perfect. They do not always adapt to meet the needs of the individual. Appalling abuse, neglect and system failure has a relentless place in every Serious Case Review. When things go wrong, they go spectacularly ...

Cricket and Councils; more alike than you'd think

Created on 29 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... made. 5.       Technology is slowly but inexorably moving in There are people (from India predominantly) who think technology has no place in cricket and refuse to accept the use of DRS or pretty much ...