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To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 3

Created on 15 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

The introduction of a Local Government Digital Service (LGDS), building on the work done by central government’s GDS, is an ongoing discussion which divides opinion as neatly as the introduction of a new ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 2

Created on 01 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... never in a million years going to agree to become part of a unified single CMS platform or suite of applications; at the very least, not without a serious, lengthy fight and equal challenges from their ...

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 ...

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 ...

2015 will be the year of…

Created on 14 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... around licensing, permitting and such like. I’ve no idea on which side the coin will land, but I expect some initial challenges to be made around how they operate. The ongoing rise of mobile The work ...

The boy who cried wolf

Created on 03 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... eaten. The next few lines of this post should involve me trying to explain the cuts that are going to hit my authority in the next three years, the impact of these cuts on real people and the challenges ...

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 ...

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 ...

Ten things I know about Local Government

Created on 29 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... through the same challenges their predecessors grappled with but without the benefit of firsthand experience and hindsight. We spend too long comparing ourselves against each other We all love a good ...

Nesta Launch Civic Exchange

Created on 28 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... services. Hundreds of apps and digital solutions, solving many civic challenges, are being deployed across the globe and here at Nesta we want to draw from the experience of successful services to enable ...

Local – Central: Time to sum up

Created on 16 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... little strained we hope that, with these ideas or others, the next 5-10 years will see a real improvement in relationships and from that a real improvement in the services that we provide and the challenges ...

Central – Local 10: Testing the assumption

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... for two reasons: 1) Because even if the relationship is pretty good there is always the potential for it to improve and, 2) Because despite the very real challenges of the esteemed ‘Yes Minister, Yes ...

Central-Local 5: It’s good to talk

Created on 13 December 2013. Posted in Our blog

... contact which reflects that as individuals and as a collective, they have much in common and much to learn from one another. Common challenges (e.g. utilising technology), development needs (e.g. project ...

Central - Local 4: The Public Sector Transformation Network

Created on 06 December 2013. Posted in Our blog

... challenges changing the culture surrounding the way the public sector works together appears at times to be the biggest barrier. It is challenging, frustrating and even clumsy at times. But it is ...

Tales from a winner

Created on 13 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

... an apprentice-style competition. Split into teams, we faced real life challenges in host local authorities and had to come up with solutions within 24 hours. The challenges varied from the strategic, ...