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To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 3

Created on 15 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... to follow and be involved in shaping and evolving. They would not be dictating these standards but supporting their evolution, resulting in the private sector being far more willing to engage and buy in ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 2

Created on 01 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... Brian, they may (almost) all be pretty similar from a certain perspective, but every single council understands itself and its world, and each of them do indeed have nuances which dictate the digital directions ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 1

Created on 25 October 2015. Posted in Our blog

... ability and authority to do so. ICT and web managers saw quick progress being made on previously intransigent issues, an ethos which cried out openness and pace and a service which wasn’t scared to share ...

Escaping the Green Belt

Created on 30 September 2015. Posted in Our blog

... instead used for farming. Indeed, a third of London’s green belt is used for high-intensity farming which is far from the ideal pictured in the 1930s. A sensible policy would be to focus on protecting ...

Time to elect a new system?

Created on 26 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... box. That’s not democracy, in most people’s eyes. Our analysis of this at the Electoral Reform Society showed that 55% of seats on Eden District council were uncontested on May 7th – with over half the ...

No Contest

Created on 21 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... to elect a local councillor in Eden District Council in Cumbria this year? Zero. In fact, it took the same number of votes to see 21 candidates elected to that particular local council. 21 ‘elected representative’ ...

What happens next?

Created on 13 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... The collapse of the LibDems and the rise of the SNP may have been more predictable, but even here the sheer size of the shift seems incredible. Labour's strategy seems to have imploded, and in the final ...

#UKGC15

Created on 21 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

If you’ve not heard already, UKGovCamp15 is nearly upon us; it’s taking place at Microsoft HQ in Victoria on Saturday 24 January, bringing together a huge number of people who passionately care about improving ...

2015 will be the year of…

Created on 14 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

Every year at this time writers ease themselves back into the blogging routine by putting on their Mystic Meg cloaks and looking forward to the coming year in an effort to predict the big things that might ...

A whole load of cuts

Created on 05 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... sixth of the total - in contrast to minimal net job losses in central government. Before the last financial year England's 444 local authorities predicted they would have to eat into their reserves by ...

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

... performance targets and the allure of “pathfinder” status. It all smacks being alone for the last two minutes of speed dating, wild and desperate. There should be more painting the picture of local impact; ...

Cricket and Councils; more alike than you'd think

Created on 29 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... manages the support staff and sets the overall long term strategy. If there is a lack of harmony between these two friction is inevitable, which undermines the efforts of both and causes confusion and ...

The worst is yet to come

Created on 28 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... and will hopefully save the council another £60m by 2017/18. The Leader of Coventry Council summed it up: "The worst is yet to come" The big picture is just as bad. The LGA published their 2014 Future ...

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 ...

LGA Conference 2014

Created on 11 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... up, far from it in fact, just that the air of constructive conflict and tension had disappeared, to perhaps be replaced by an air of practicality and pragmatism. I saw and spoke with people doing some ...

Are our heads in the digital sand?

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... people thought they weren’t is a damning indictment of where local government is today. According to the report, when asked “In the last month, have you interacted with your council in the following ...

First day at my new school

Created on 10 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... names I'll struggle to remember at first go, reading reams of paper without always understanding what's relevant or how it all fits together, and getting set up on ICT systems great and small. It'll be ...