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To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 3

Created on 15 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... figurehead, no matter how good your work is it will often go unnoticed. While there is confusion over who is driving something forward or where the direction is coming from it will be incredibly difficult ...

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

... something visual to look at and understand, exciting them as to the possibilities which lay before them. Some would say that more recent progress has stagnated somewhat as the quick-wins were completed, ...

Equality of Opportunity and the Exam System

Created on 30 September 2015. Posted in Our blog

... early age and despite years of effort to do something about them we, as a society, still have to accept that where you are born and who you are born to has a major impact on the opportunities you will ...

The next steps for equalities?

Created on 02 June 2015. Posted in Our blog

... you were to include something about community development (helping local community groups to support disadvantaged people) these activities would all be part of the Standard Six – the half a dozen key ...

Taking it offline

Created on 27 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... it’s very easy to fall into the habit of scheduling an hour to discuss something that should take nowhere near as long. People are familiar with the hour-long meeting. It feels official. It feels important. ...

No Contest

Created on 21 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... to their name in return for the same number of MPs, while even the average number of votes required to secure the post for SNP candidates was something like 27,000. Do you know how many votes it took ...

So Long and Thanks For All the Flags

Created on 11 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... is indeed the case. A few streetlights get switched off, perhaps some libraries have closed down but in general for the majority of the population the local world hasn’t collapsed. Maybe he had something ...

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

... the room says who they are, where they are from and something they are hoping to get out of the day (or words to that effect). This can take the best part of an hour (there are a lot of people there) and ...

#UKGC15

Created on 21 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... random people and probably be able to start a semi-successful business with them of some kind; everyone brings something brilliant to the collective table. This year is a little different for me. For ...

2015 will be the year of…

Created on 14 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... gov.uk, something which was more important than many people give it credit for. Open data seems to be one of those things which everyone sees as good but few see as urgent in terms of priorities; as long ...

A whole load of cuts

Created on 05 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... have “devastating consequences”, and has refused to rule out industrial action. Regional organiser Steve Belcher said: "It's never something we would wish for but ultimately sometimes it's something we ...

Yours, angry of Spelthorne…

Created on 05 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... want to join me in proposing this as something for the party manifestos?  ...

The boy who cried wolf

Created on 03 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

...  However, like Glen, I do miss it and thus when I found myself staring at a computer screen with a spare hour or so I thought I’d try and craft something that looked back at 2014 and peeked forward too. ...

Writing about writing

Created on 16 December 2014. Posted in Our blog

... of course, increasingly you had lots to say about something but knew it was not appropriate to be writing about it in public. Moving slowly up the middle-management ladder exposed me to things which I ...

The Comms2point0 Unawards are coming...

Created on 10 November 2014. Posted in Our blog

... 12.   If you or your team have done something good in 2014 then enter.   If you want to end the year on a prize-winning high then enter.   If you fancy doing something that is Not London then ...

FOI in five words

Created on 19 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... general terms in order to demonstrate my point. I asked whether they had done something in particular; if so, what were their reasons for, and if not what were their reasons against. I then asked if they ...

Tattoos are a choice you will need to live with

Created on 18 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... they are pretty much irreversible and something which says something about the wearer. A recent BBC article asked the question whether or not people with tattoos should be protected from anti-discrimination ...

Cricket and Councils; more alike than you'd think

Created on 29 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

I’ve recently been spending some time attempting to do my own bit of good for a colleague’s soul by introducing to them the beauties of one of mankind's greatest inventions; cricket. The sound of bat on ...