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Silence is Golden

Created on 07 April 2013. Posted in Our blog

... will rarely be apparent straight away. Indeed, the benefits often come quite away down the line. In this case, just looking at the small element of the health changes that affected local authorities, it ...

12 Things I learnt about podcasting

Created on 03 April 2013. Posted in Our blog

... which some local authorities are (hopefully) beginning to look into I thought I’d share some of the very early lessons I’ve learnt so far. 1.    It’s not as easy as you think. What can be hard about ...

Tax increases on the poor – Why?

Created on 29 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... Tax Benefit (CTB) will be abolished and replaced by Council Tax Support (CTS). As part of the reform English local authorities have to devise their own schemes of CTS. This means a move from one national ...

The Lazy journalist index

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... and many of these requests go to over 400 authorities a time… That is over £80,000 per news story; I’ll leave you to judge whether the stories are worth the cost. These journalists no doubt do a very ...

The Freedom of ‘Lazy Journalism’ Act

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... colleagues have moaned to me about this for ages and so a few weeks ago I asked some of them to send me examples from their authorities of this lazy journalism. In the tradition of FoI I’ve copied some ...

Dear ITV

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... are lowly paid, and many are at or below the national average.  However, whilst public sector pay tops out at an admittedly eye watering £379,999 (for Tony Fountain, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authorities ...

The TPA strikes again

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... no surprise that I came acro ssthe latest rant by the TPAabout the pay of senior officers.  If you are yet to go through it, it’s the sixth time they have gone through the accounts of local authorities ...

Channel 4 show us the way

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... to paraphrase too much but the basic tenet of the report was that: 1) Staff in local authorities are sick a lot 2) Some councils have tried to address the problems they have with sickness by offering ...

Being Critical

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... given to it in local authorities presumes that the act of creating good policy and particularly making good decisions requires the deconstruction of other work and thorough questioning before the right ...

Strategy

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... local authorities struggle to find strategies that they can apply across the organisation. Too often there is an attempt to focus the strategy on certain key themes which are often not necessarily applicable ...