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Reflections on LocalGovCamp 2014

Created on 23 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... the second of which was on the divide between public and private sectors, why this divide exists and what can be done about it. I got a little (I hope) lighthearted booing from the audience when I revealed ...

8 things I learnt whilst on paternity leave

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... I had my pants on). My class knew there was a man attending and so left the mens for me but the other classes, it seems, had no expectation that men would attend and so just split their group between the ...

Are our heads in the digital sand?

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... have engaged online if given the opportunity, so a little more research here might throw up some very interesting nuances indeed. However, the discrepancy between what is thought by council leadership ...

First day at my new school

Created on 10 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... with young people specifically or with the wider public more generally, so this new role is a bit of a carer change. Not one totally out of left field, but not one where the only difference between it ...

Ten things I know about Local Government

Created on 29 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... other branch of the public sector), if only to bring the public with us as the relationship between the two groups evolves over time. There’s no money Five years ago there was nothing in the news but ...

‘First past the post' - National Planning Practice Guidance

Created on 31 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... upon the minds of civil servants in London, so much so that PPG sets out to eradicate this item of street safety wear once and for all:  Barriers between the road and pedestrians are usually visually ...

Local – Central: Time to sum up

Created on 16 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

25th March 2014 When we started writing a series about relations between central and local government we did not have a firm plan; indeed, if we had one the series probably would not have taken over ...

Different Votes for Different Folks

Created on 06 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... on the services they and their families use is much more likely. The difference between voting for an MP who then goes off to Westminster (other parliaments are also available) and voting for a local councillor ...

Central – Local 10: Testing the assumption

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

19th March 2014 Over the past six months or so we have been running a series of posts looking at how the relations between central and local government can be improved. Underpinning all the posts has ...

The death of policy?

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... the recent, and excellent,Yes Minister; Yes Councillor event at the Cabinet Office one of the speakers mentioned that the big difference between local and central government was how well central government ...

Local - Central 9: Yes Minister; Yes Councillor

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... Councillor’ was full of fabulous detail, insight, and guidance. But to boil it down to five take home points on the relations between central and local government, and the meaning to aspiring public servants, ...

S**t - I've been hacked!

Created on 17 February 2014. Posted in Our blog

... recording them of course). This prevents them from spreading wider and potentially affecting other accounts. This next step may be a point of difference between some, but I would say a public announcement ...

Reflections on #UKGC14

Created on 28 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... is not disappearing entirely There was a quite nice split between people walking around with some form of electrical device and those who stuck to the mark-one pen-and-paper approach. The former tended ...

Local – Central 8: Development days

Created on 05 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

21st January 2014 As regular readers of our blog will know we have recently embarked on a small mini-series of posts about the relationship between local and central government and how they can be improved. ...

Local – Central 6: Trust

Created on 05 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

7th January 2014 As regular readers of our blog will know we have recently embarked on a small mini-series of posts about the relationship between local and central government and how they can be improved. ...

Central-Local 5: It’s good to talk

Created on 13 December 2013. Posted in Our blog

... not enough face-to-face engagement between Whitehall and Town Hall. Engagement does happen, more often than not taking place when there is a problem. There have been some welcome developments requiring ...

Central - Local 4: The Public Sector Transformation Network

Created on 06 December 2013. Posted in Our blog

10th December 2013 As regular readers of the blog will know we’ve been running a series of post looking at relationships between central and local government and how they can be practically improved. ...

Local – Central 3: Sharing the policy making process

Created on 23 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

As regular readers of our blog will know we have recently embarked on a small mini-series of posts about the relationship between local and central government and how they can be improved. So far we’ve ...