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To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 3

Created on 15 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... to use. While the arguments for such an approach are well known, realistically this is simply not likely to happen. However, the release of self-contained applications, each built as robustly yet simply ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 2

Created on 01 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... literally hundreds of functions to millions of people, every single day. Yes, some of these have similar back-end processes which need to be replicated, but simply understanding them from an independent ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 1

Created on 25 October 2015. Posted in Our blog

... structures of the UK. There is no way LGDS would be able to operate without investment, and the provision of such investment would clearly demonstrate that local government wasn’t simply another item ...

Escaping the Green Belt

Created on 30 September 2015. Posted in Our blog

... England This is where the policy gets particularly ridiculous. Houses will have to be built somewhere so not letting them be built in a big arbitrary belt around a city is simply going to push them elsewhere ...

Time to elect a new system?

Created on 26 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... is a problem that’s getting worse. And quite simply it’s unacceptable. But it doesn’t have to be like this. Scotland used to suffer from the problem of uncontested seats. But this was eradicated by the ...

No Contest

Created on 21 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... rosette they wore, simply had to put their names forward once more and they were able to continue in their role with no questions asked. Simply put, this is scandalous. Local councillors in many respects ...

So Long and Thanks For All the Flags

Created on 11 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... him of not living by his own values. Under his stewardship the DCLG budget itself was slashed significantly, so much so that they were able to move in with the Home Office as they simply didn’t need all ...

#UKGC15

Created on 21 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... are many blogs out there which talk about how unconferences run and why they are brilliant, so I won’t simply repeat things here. Instead, I’ll trust that the intangible outcomes which I've gone away with ...

2015 will be the year of…

Created on 14 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... of wearable tech or another, be it the sensors in your watch which check your health or simply the belt you wear which knows when it should loosen itself. Trouble is, at the more sophisticated end of the ...

Writing about writing

Created on 16 December 2014. Posted in Our blog

... wrong: I’ve not made the time. I never had the time available in the past, when between us Gareth and I turned out a different and detailed piece every single day of the week. No, we simply dedicated ourselves ...

FOI in five words

Created on 19 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... committee reports which half answer a related topic: it clearly and succinctly answered my question and made me feel like they had appreciated what I wanted rather than simply working out the fewest number ...

Showing our working out

Created on 22 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... the former would be far more serious as the internal knowledge and expertise built up during those long fights and debates simply won’t exist. It is only by fighting the fights and beating down the doubters ...

LGA Conference 2014

Created on 11 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... to the local government agenda. Perhaps it was the sessions I attended. Perhaps it was the people I spoke with. Perhaps it was simply the slightly surreal sight of the British Sprinkler Alliance having ...

Reflections on LocalGovCamp 2014

Created on 23 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

...  Private bad, public good Having not been intending to pitch anything at all and to simply take part, I surprised myself by jumping into the queue on the spur of the moment and pitching two sessions, ...

Are our heads in the digital sand?

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... adopting an “if you build it, they will come” approach, building wonderful websites but not telling anyone about them and simply expecting them to be made use of. Even worse, you could imagine that councils ...

First day at my new school

Created on 10 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... no way am I even implying criticism of anyone I’ve worked with in the past, but local government is filled with processes, structures and sign-off routes, so being able to simply make a decision and make ...

Local Government Strategic Leaders Forum – A WLLG field trip

Created on 09 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... use that as a means of testing the pulse of local government ·         Simply live blog / tweet the day and focus on getting information out there ·         Ignore the key notes and focus on the thoughts ...

Ten things I know about Local Government

Created on 29 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... is kicking its heels, wasting time or otherwise filibustering rather than simply getting on and doing. Yes, there are times when we need to get our fingers out quicker and yes there are processes which ...

Local - Central 9: Yes Minister; Yes Councillor

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... on the frontline.   Finally, there was much to be gained simply by pulling such a diverse range of people from across government and the private sector into one room. Ideas were shared, and soft networks ...

Reflections on #UKGC14

Created on 28 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... blogging discussions has changed somewhat. Is this because we’ve all moved on to something new? Is it because we are working more closed off than we were? Is it because people simply got out of the habit ...