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Different Votes for Different Folks

Created on 06 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... up, when for the majority of people nothing could be further from the truth. Yes, perhaps the mainstream media need to be better at advertising local (and other) elections, but local authorities can also ...

Central – Local 10: Testing the assumption

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... be. You can’t expect central government to engage with all 400ish local authorities on every policy. Instead they rely on relations with a few trusted contacts and peak organisations such as the LGA. Whether ...

The death of policy?

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

11th March 2014 A few years ago, when we were churning out a new post every day, we wrote a post about the collapse of the corporate centre within local authorities.   In that post, which was three years ...

Local – Central 8: Development days

Created on 05 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... local authorities and secondly the lack of openness between our two sectors. Too often learning and development in a local authority is offered as a series of courses in a catalogue or as the opportunity ...

Local – Central 6: Trust

Created on 05 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... to central government delivering services that should really be delivered locally and interfering in those services that have already been passed to local authorities. Examples of the latter are not difficult ...

Central - Local 4: The Public Sector Transformation Network

Created on 06 December 2013. Posted in Our blog

... We currently work with 33 upper tier authorities and their partners covering 22 per cent of the English population. We recently won the 2013 Award for Excellence in Civil Service Reform. The Network brings ...

Central – Local 2a: The LGA lays out its priorities

Created on 23 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... to proper funding of services across the board, structural reform or even better understanding of where the needs lie across the public sector the LGA decided to go after Scottish local authorities. An ...

Central - Local 2: Secondments

Created on 03 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... was a ready throughput of swapped staff. Staff would benefit and we believe that overall public policy would benefit too. If ten local authorities each committed to swap ten staff a time and the DCLG ...

Central - Local 1a: Abolish the DCLG?

Created on 03 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... - local relations and how we can improve them. Drawing on the above there are two questions to ask: Firstly, have local authorities been co-conspirators in their own demise and secondly would the abolition ...

Central - Local

Created on 26 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

... rather than specifically structural. After all, Governments of all stripes have made noises about greater devolution of powers to local authorities and more importantly about linking up services between ...

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, ...

In the grim darkness of the far future...

Created on 03 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

... will be done with a working virtual contact centre. Brent are just a few years ahead of their time. Local authorities will face a huge challenge around supporting employment as more and more jobs are ...

Template tantrum

Created on 04 August 2013. Posted in Our blog

... the ‘compliance culture’ that can often be a real problem for local authorities. 2)      The sum of a template is definitely less than the sum of its parts The idea of a template is to ensure comprehensiveness. ...

Hope over experience?!

Created on 04 August 2013. Posted in Our blog

29th August 2013: Over the years this blog has been a champion of two purportedly opposite points of view; firstly that experience within local government is incredibly important (and the rate at which ...

A Busman's Holiday

Created on 04 August 2013. Posted in Our blog

... that it is very difficult to maintain that level of library provision in local authorities which are undergoing the sort of cuts, not to mention changes in reading habits, that local government is currently ...

The challenge of complexity

Created on 22 May 2013. Posted in Our blog

... all local authority staff. Local authorities are definitely rising to this challenge; it’s no surprise that ‘collaboration’ has become one of the fashionable terms in the sector lately. Collaboration, ...

What can Local Government learn from football

Created on 22 May 2013. Posted in Our blog

... government officer. What then can Local Government learn from Football? Here are some playful musings that come to mind; Transfer fees – Transfer fees should be paid between authorities when a top ...

It's a no from me

Created on 19 May 2013. Posted in Our blog

... are perhaps too often not of a negative nature. In my various roles over the years I have been involved in countless consultations for services across local authorities and all too often residents demand ...

19 things I learnt at the Public Sector Show 2013

Created on 30 April 2013. Posted in Our blog

... of spend per year (and no, I didn’t add on extra zeros for fun!); central government has 5550,000 different suppliers (240,000 with in-year spend); local authorities spend £50,000,000,000 with third parties ...