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To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 3

Created on 15 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... supporting the sector. Shared standards, processes and schema A couple of months ago a workshop was held in which it was shared that in another industry a total lack of any shared standards was hampering ...

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

... government sector have looked on enviously at what was (at least perceived to be) a cross-cutting team taking on some huge challenges and who both weren't afraid to make sweeping changes but also had the ...

100 days in office and all that...

Created on 23 August 2015. Posted in Our blog

... dissonance across the sector. Lord Kerslake’s recent call for input into the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for reform, decentralisation and devolution is a further step in this direction.   Kerslake ...

The next steps for equalities?

Created on 02 June 2015. Posted in Our blog

... actions that have dominated equality strategies and policies over the decades. They’re the things that crop up time and time again, regardless of the organisation’s sector or the demographics of its service ...

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. ...

What happens next?

Created on 13 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... partners the Lib Dems to temper some of the Tory proposals, those working in the sector may be expecting the worst. Certainly the preceding five years of austerity, public funding cuts & the dismissive ...

So Long and Thanks For All the Flags

Created on 11 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... a high public profile meant that his undeniably negative public views of the sector bled out to the wider public, who were led to believe that all local government staff were sitting on their backsides, ...

Things I learned at 'What Next for Local Government'

Created on 01 April 2015. Posted in Our blog

... to explore it further. 5) The self-confident bureaucrat. Myself and Glen has riffed over the years on the need for local government to have a mature relationship with the private sector recognising that ...

An Exchange of Ideas

Created on 27 February 2015. Posted in Our blog

... is. Share your thoughts with us on Twitter, but not before having a good read... Local government is ‘blessed’ to have many wise people orbiting around the sector who write lengthy, eloquent  and solemn ...

Reflections on UKGC15

Created on 28 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... me wonder whether this is a temporary focus on different areas as I adjust to life outside the public sector or a more permanent situation. Overall I thought UKGovCamp15 was a great success. In no ...

#UKGC15

Created on 21 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... the first time, I will be attending not as a member of local government but as a member of the private sector (albeit one who works nigh-on exclusively with local government). I’m interested to see if ...

2015 will be the year of…

Created on 14 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... regardless of the scale or sector of the organisation behind it. 2015 will start to see more local authorities realising that a website needn’t be bland and boring to look at; form and function can in ...

The boy who cried wolf

Created on 03 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... analogy) a wolf in sheep’s clothing. As 2015 kicks off the potential for all three scenarios stretches before the sector and as an officer the fact that there are still options open to us excites me. ...

Writing about writing

Created on 16 December 2014. Posted in Our blog

... the sector in general, as well as about things I was learning in particular. I wanted to discuss things close to my work and areas of interest without necessarily relating them to work programmes I was ...

The Comms2point0 Unawards are coming...

Created on 10 November 2014. Posted in Our blog

... 10am and 2pm on Thursday November 11.   What will happen? We'll give out some awards and then we'll sit back for a special screening of comms classic 'In the Loop.'   It's for public sector people. ...

The worst is yet to come

Created on 28 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... life for over four years now and have sort of just become part of the context of local government. However, I also think part of it is that the narrative in the sector has, as so often with local government, ...

LGA Conference 2014

Created on 11 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... it brought together leaders, councillors, chief execs and senior staff from across the country to look at the issues facing the sector and hear from others involved what their own thoughts are. It also ...

Can contract management be sexy?

Created on 28 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... council I was fully prepared for a discussion of how poor local councils were at negotiating contracts with the private sector.   I was thus fairly surprised when the speaker, a procurement consultant ...