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100 days in office and all that...

Created on 23 August 2015. Posted in Our blog

... forming part of a wider combination of organisations, groups & individuals enabling their local strategic economic & social development.  To achieve any of this will take considerably longer than ...

The next steps for equalities?

Created on 02 June 2015. Posted in Our blog

... eradicating social patterns of disadvantage, and fulfilling their legislative equalities duties. This is a serious gap. Understanding why these approaches have failed may go some way to explain why serious ...

Taking it offline

Created on 27 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... taking the back seat. One particular area I've discussed has been the way digital can improve internal communications. Whether it’s improving the way e-mail is delivered between teams, using social enterprise ...

No Contest

Created on 21 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... seen but just as vital services including (but very much not limited to) social services, youth provision, health and social care, planning and local employment. They work with people and for people from ...

What happens next?

Created on 13 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... (in)famous £12bn in welfare cuts remain shrouded in mystery, but the potential for pain is clear. The future of social housing, already suffering from years of neglect, has been destabilised further by ...

Things I learned at 'What Next for Local Government'

Created on 01 April 2015. Posted in Our blog

... recognise the challenges but as we went through the day and discussed ethnography and it's role in innovation I was reminded of this challenge. A good social worker does something like this when designing ...

Reflections on UKGC15

Created on 28 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... that they were banned from using the internet or social media. I’m not saying that all the battles have been won of course, only that those resisting are the exceptions rather than the rule. I left with ...

#UKGC15

Created on 21 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... my current work helping redevelop council websites, to open data to blogging, to engagement, to getting kids coding, to supporting national work-based social networks, to the public perception of the sector, ...

2015 will be the year of…

Created on 14 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... saving money and time on people travelling between meetings in different buildings. Caring about sharing Social sharing sites such as Airbnb – the site helping people find accommodation around the ...

A whole load of cuts

Created on 05 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... along with £7.9m trimmed from the health and social care budget. 11/11 Councils build up reserves of £2.3bn According to analysis conducted by the FT, England’s councils have built up extra reserves ...

The boy who cried wolf

Created on 03 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... referenced social care cuts when talking about the A&E crisis, local government reform featured in the Scottish referendum debate and the local government spending announcement was the lead story on ...

The Comms2point0 Unawards are coming...

Created on 10 November 2014. Posted in Our blog

... So if you are local government, social housing, central government or the third sector then enter. There's also a private sector category too. So, enter. Only thing is the deadline for entering is November ...

Speed Dating and Magic Beans: Social Care in 2014.

Created on 11 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... here's a brilliant piece for you to read through about a pretty serious topic; social care...   I will ease you in with a simple thought- the way we care for one another matters most about society. ...

Running before you can walk; Government plans to share your data

Created on 04 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... and are surprised to learn that it cannot.   Removing barriers to sharing or linking datasets can help Government to design and implement evidence-based policy – for example to tackle social mobility, ...

The worst is yet to come

Created on 28 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... my eye: As the report states: ‘With social care and waste spending absorbing a rising proportion of the resources available to councils, funding for other council services drops by 43% or £11.6 billion ...

Political interference

Created on 27 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... the administration of the Social Action Fund that it had commissioned Social Investment Business to run. They told SIB to ‘look again’ (subtext – until you find the right answer) at four bids it had deemed ...

Is economic growth an imperative for councils?

Created on 28 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... provocative than the article which was, as always, a thoughtful look at the issue; examining tensions in housing policy and the struggles that local authorities and social landlords are having in balancing ...

Some thoughts before the Local Government Strategic Leaders Forum

Created on 23 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... pooled budgets and managing the least and social care budgets are just some examples of sessions with the cuts firmly in mind. However, my sense is that the discussions are becoming more mature and nuanced ...

The local government brain drain

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... to develop externally that which they cannot retain themselves; partnering with the private, voluntary and social sectors and looking at how they can bring in ideas and talent and develop strong relationships ...