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To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 3

Created on 15 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... in digitising services and improving the experience for customers, who were available to come in to solve a particular challenge within a particular council. Having trouble working out how to digitise ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 2

Created on 01 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... do it and in what way it needs to be done. It’s only a small leap to then imagine them spending an inordinate amount of time working to prove how they are already better than whatever is being proposed. ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 1

Created on 25 October 2015. Posted in Our blog

... views from those involved in local government is simple; we don’t need someone else coming in and trying to push us around, we can do this ourselves. Through a wide range of initiatives, working groups ...

100 days in office and all that...

Created on 23 August 2015. Posted in Our blog

... game in town for councils looking to evolve beyond the confines of prolonged demise by a thousand cuts.  Many local authorities are currently publicly committed to exploring the options whilst working ...

The next steps for equalities?

Created on 02 June 2015. Posted in Our blog

... every £100 that a man working in Birmingham earns, how much do you think a woman earns? Ninety five pounds? Ninety pounds? Maybe as low as £85? We’ll reveal the answer at the end, so while you’re mulling ...

Taking it offline

Created on 27 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... its context, the opportunities are huge. The use of internal social network-style systems has a huge range of benefits. Adopting a publish-don’t-send culture ensures people start working aloud, sharing ...

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

... political points at the expense of other hard working councils who had the ‘misfortune’ to be run by someone wearing a different colour tie than him. That he was such a persuasive orator and garnered such ...

Things I learned at 'What Next for Local Government'

Created on 01 April 2015. Posted in Our blog

... was a doubt that these are some of the best people working in public services then 30 minutes with Carolyn Wilkins from Oldham would rid you of that mis-apprehension. 7) I still love the NGDP graduates. ...

Reflections on UKGC15

Created on 28 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... the first hour or so being effectively enforced networking, and meant I managed to catch up with people I’d have not done if we’d all dived straight into sessions. It’s getting less vague We seem to ...

2015 will be the year of…

Created on 14 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... working, or call people in for a check-up based on their data. The trouble is, the only people buying these and using them in the way intended are those who already have a more than passing interest in ...

The Comms2point0 Unawards are coming...

Created on 10 November 2014. Posted in Our blog

... the oldest working UK cinema. That's in Station Street. Two minutes from the newly revamped New Street station. Just around the corner from the shopping destination the Bullring. It takes place between ...

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 ...

Tattoos are a choice you will need to live with

Created on 18 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... restrict people with tattoos, visible or otherwise, from working for it if they so choose? I'm saying tattoos in general – no way, but visible tattoos – yes. Up front, I need to declare a bit of a ...

Speed Dating and Magic Beans: Social Care in 2014.

Created on 11 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... the magic beans and speed dating. It isn’t working for anyone.  I want equality, dignity and fairness for social care. Granted this won’t put anyone in No.10 but the millions of people who use and work ...

Cricket and Councils; more alike than you'd think

Created on 29 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... is about is committee meetings and form filling has clearly never spent any time working there. 2.       It’s a team game for individuals A cricket team is made up of eleven players, though a glance ...

Showing our working out

Created on 22 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... I’d usually get the right answer, but rarely adequately showed my working out. The reason I mention this is that I came across a similar situation recently at an event which really got me frustrated. ...

Is economic growth an imperative for councils?

Created on 28 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... growth was being driven by a small group of managers. The vast majority of staff were, as far as I could tell, still working on delivering the services they always had (although obviously this number was ...

Can contract management be sexy?

Created on 28 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

About five years ago I went to a talk about local government procurement. As a fairly new local government officer with a slightly over-egged sense of my own understanding of the inner workings of the ...