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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

... you probably should. It discusses the positive aspects of bringing talented people together and allowing them to focus solely on the digital challenge along with providing them with the resources to make ...

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 ...

Equality of Opportunity and the Exam System

Created on 30 September 2015. Posted in Our blog

I have been pondering inequality lately and the challenges we have as a society in giving our young people the same chance in life. Every study says that these inequalities are built in at an incredibly ...

Time to elect a new system?

Created on 26 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... council being unelected. On South Northamptonshire council, a third of seats went unchallenged. Both of these were an increase on the 2011 elections. In South Staffordshire, in 29% of seats voters were ...

No Contest

Created on 21 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... decisions and having little in the way of appropriate challenge other than from perhaps a small number of local writers, reporters or activists, and that’s just not good enough. Effective opposition ...

Things I learned at 'What Next for Local Government'

Created on 01 April 2015. Posted in Our blog

... for an interesting juxtaposition and one I think represented somewhat of the split between those of us 'doing the day job' and those with the the space to take the broader view. The challenge for all of ...

An Exchange of Ideas

Created on 27 February 2015. Posted in Our blog

... Perhaps there is also a need for a local government equivalent of the brilliant NHS Beyond the Headlines so we can really cut through the hype and challenge policy ideas at source. Rob Jackson is on ...

#UKGC15

Created on 21 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... I deliberately call them relationships rather than contacts as that’s what they are; relationships which enable me to be challenged and to challenge in return, to survive over the years and the events ...

2015 will be the year of…

Created on 14 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... challenged its practices and the rules it may potentially be breaking. As these sites continue to grow we will begin to see them rub up against some of the rules inherent in local government in the UK, ...

The boy who cried wolf

Created on 03 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... This continued refrain starts to challenge the public’s credulity and makes it difficult to be believed – even when the Government figures are specifically disavowed by CIPFA – a body of accountants! And ...

Writing about writing

Created on 16 December 2014. Posted in Our blog

Dorothy Parker once said “I hate writing, I love having written.” It wasn’t until I started writing semi-regularly that I knew what this actually meant. The process of writing can be difficult; you come ...

Tattoos are a choice you will need to live with

Created on 18 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... challenged by its staff. But it is their decision to make, not anyone else’s, and as long as it is made clear to existing and prospective staff then they can make their own decisions as to whether or not ...

The worst is yet to come

Created on 28 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... the challenges we are still facing are probably twice as tough as what has gone before. As the Leader of Coventry says: "The worst is yet to come" And that genuinely scares me.  ...

Showing our working out

Created on 22 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... Picture the scene: a circle of senior Council staff from across the country, each describing their challenges and each looking to get some help and support to come up with solutions that will balance the ...

Reflections on LocalGovCamp 2014

Created on 23 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... amazing things; we want warts and all. We want to hear that other organisations are like our own, that they are run by real people and that they have real challenges. We want to see where things went wrong ...

The local government brain drain

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... redundancies and a tendency to prioritise experience over potential. There’s also a tendency to bring in someone from ‘outside’ when anything exciting is about to happen. Thus, if you want a new challenge ...

First day at my new school

Created on 10 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

...  So far everything has been great; yes, it’s very early days, but there have been no surprises, no unexpected challenges and nothing which screams out I’ve made a mistake or that things aren’t as they ...