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To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 3

Created on 15 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... grammar school “annex” in Kent. Each side is equally as convinced it is right, and totally unable to understand why the other cannot see the reason behind their own arguments. Part 1 of this series set ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 2

Created on 01 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

In the previous article a simple premise was explored; that the introduction of a Local Government Digital Service (LGDS) would be a good thing for local government in the UK. If you’ve not read it yet ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 1

Created on 25 October 2015. Posted in Our blog

Like a perennial weed, the expulsion of a councillor from a certain party for them being “a bit too racist” or the inevitable deluge of Christmas memes starting from early November, the discussion about ...

Equality of Opportunity and the Exam System

Created on 30 September 2015. Posted in Our blog

... are directly comparable with the results of Glen in Westminster. This method is obviously ‘fair’. Everyone is treated the same regardless of background, schooling or even age and there is an impartial ...

Escaping the Green Belt

Created on 30 September 2015. Posted in Our blog

... and taking over an hour to open them all. My colleague asked him why he did it that way and didn’t just start at one end of the borough and work his way to other end. The parks officer didn’t really ...

100 days in office and all that...

Created on 23 August 2015. Posted in Our blog

... dissonance across the sector. Lord Kerslake’s recent call for input into the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for reform, decentralisation and devolution is a further step in this direction.   Kerslake ...

The next steps for equalities?

Created on 02 June 2015. Posted in Our blog

... training, monitoring uptake of services, helping different departments devise race equality schemes, improving access to services (mainly by translating information), and organising outreach events. If ...

Taking it offline

Created on 27 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... taking the back seat. One particular area I've discussed has been the way digital can improve internal communications. Whether it’s improving the way e-mail is delivered between teams, using social enterprise ...

Time to elect a new system?

Created on 26 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

After our recent article looking at the scandal of uncontested elections, the Chief Executive of the Electoral Reform Society Katie Ghose got in touch to highlight just how endemic the problem is and ...

No Contest

Created on 21 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

It has been well publicised in the post-Election media coverage that it took 3.9million votes to elect a single UKIP candidate to parliament. The Green party saw 1.14million people putting a cross next ...

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

... a long, hot summers day. It’s between these two points that emotions swing when the DCLG career of Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP is reflected upon. Just a few short days after the Conservative party won a small ...

Things I learned at 'What Next for Local Government'

Created on 01 April 2015. Posted in Our blog

... they are a major and important partner in our enterprises. I was taken, as I was at Govcamp in January, by the opposite point of view being taken amongst young, innovative and interesting local government ...

An Exchange of Ideas

Created on 27 February 2015. Posted in Our blog

... ““Local authorities could save up to £10billion by 2020 through smarter and more collaborative use of technology and data.” Quite the eye catching headline from a new Policy Exchange.” PX have used this ...

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

... recent years, and has been used to describe everything from fridges which top themselves up to bins which report when they are full. The basic concept is to turn otherwise ‘dumb’ devices into smart ones ...

A whole load of cuts

Created on 05 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... I started wondering whether the fact that these stories were in the briefing every day was inoculating me to their impact. And so, in a moment of randomness, I decided to start saving any stories that ...

Yours, angry of Spelthorne…

Created on 05 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... and some just stored away in the memory bank for future reference. Last week however, the briefing made me angry. The offending article was as follows: Councillors fail to pay taxes Spelthorne Council ...