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To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 3

Created on 15 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... out why some people think LGDS is both inevitable and a great idea, while Part 2 explored why this isn’t really the case. Part 2’s admittedly pessimistic, yet arguably more realistic angle was that, while ...

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

... with the reality of having a main focus on a substantive role and ensuing responsibilities. Without a clear, focussed group who are doing this as their day job and doing little else, rapid progress is ...

Equality of Opportunity and the Exam System

Created on 30 September 2015. Posted in Our blog

... judgement of the individuals ability provided by the examination. However, my argument is that in many ways this isn’t really ‘fair’. If you’re a kid who goes to a bad school with a terrible English ...

Escaping the Green Belt

Created on 30 September 2015. Posted in Our blog

... and taking over an hour to open them all. My colleague asked him why he did it that way and didn’t just start at one end of the borough and work his way to other end. The parks officer didn’t really ...

The next steps for equalities?

Created on 02 June 2015. Posted in Our blog

... use our role to make a real difference to the lives of those who are disadvantaged or discriminated against. This post looks at what can be done beyond what they describe as the ‘standard 6’ actions we ...

Taking it offline

Created on 27 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... said, when done well, in-person meetings can significantly solidify relationships between individuals and make sure things actually get done. The day I realised that people, not processes and rules, got ...

Time to elect a new system?

Created on 26 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... regularly contested, giving voters a real choice at the ballot box. Between 2011 and 2014 there were 382 uncontested council elections in England. That’s over 2.5 million people denied a vote. And in ...

No Contest

Created on 21 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... with and understand the hopes, fears, wants and needs of real people. To address this two things must happen. Firstly, local elections need to introduce something called for often and loudly by many ...

So Long and Thanks For All the Flags

Created on 11 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... country but not really with the purpose of service improvement in mind, more service reporting. Again, this freed up councils to attack local problems with local solutions rather than reinforcing a one-solution-fits-all-philosophy ...

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

... Perhaps there is also a need for a local government equivalent of the brilliant NHS Beyond the Headlines so we can really cut through the hype and challenge policy ideas at source. Rob Jackson is on ...

Reflections on UKGC15

Created on 28 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... long despite being told to be brief, a sizable portion say something really boring while a sizable portion work hard on saying something funny and unique which turns out to be neither. I quite liked ...

#UKGC15

Created on 21 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... lead to real change and improvement. I turn up and talk, share some ideas and simply absorb; it feels like an unfair trade at times. However, that’s not going to stop me from jumping in with both feet ...

2015 will be the year of…

Created on 14 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... or might not happen. Most then hope that these are quietly forgotten about so that their rash forecasts and unrealised ideas aren’t brought up in twelve months’ time. It is therefore with some trepidation ...

A whole load of cuts

Created on 05 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... the other side of the story – I guess the bureaucrat in me can’t stand to only present one side of the argument! I’m not sure if this is interesting or helpful but I find seeing the reality of the cuts ...

The boy who cried wolf

Created on 03 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... (1.8% - really?), council reserves and local government being akin to the boy who cried wolf – there seemed to be a greater recognition that services are about to decline and decline badly. Andy Burnham ...

Writing about writing

Created on 16 December 2014. Posted in Our blog

... find an appropriate image, upload it all to the internet, then realise it was a poor article with a weak argument to begin with so go back to square one. Of course, that isn’t always the case. Sometimes ...

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 ...