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Nesta Launch Civic Exchange

Created on 28 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... for government and civic sectors too. From the StreetBump app that identifies potholes, to the Patchwork service enabling care professionals to communicate better, technology is helping improve local public ...

Sort-of-goodbye

Created on 09 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

Have you ever sat down with a pencil, a piece of paper and no distractions to draw out a Venn diagram of what would make your perfect job, a job perfectly suited to your skills, interest and ambitions? ...

Taking Paternity Leave

Created on 16 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... or going on sabbatical. Instead I am taking three months of paternity leave as my wife goes back to work. When my wife was pregnant and we were discussing our childcare options for the first six to nine ...

Different Votes for Different Folks

Created on 06 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... my career as a youth worker, so spent many years surrounded by children and young people. Some were mature and able to make informed decisions based on facts and evidence, while others were either immature, ...

Central – Local 10: Testing the assumption

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... to happen far earlier in individual staff member’s career. 2) Consultation between central and local government is actually fairly good Again, my experience is very different but then again it would ...

Local - Central 9: Yes Minister; Yes Councillor

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... a graduate starting out on a career in public service, the Byzantine structure of UK governance can be daunting. Yet somehow we have to navigate it, and we Hertfordshire County Council grads thought we ...

Reflections on #UKGC14

Created on 28 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... by these people every day. It shocks me how much better you feel being surrounded by people who care as much as these campers did; they don’t just want to be the least worst out there, they want their ...

Local – Central 8: Development days

Created on 05 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... come and work alongside us in local government for two weeks. I think they worked in social care policy and therefore frontline social care experience, or at least understanding how it works in local government, ...

Central-Local 5: It’s good to talk

Created on 13 December 2013. Posted in Our blog

... throughout their careers. To bridge the gap we need to create ‘safe spaces’ where public servants can come together. Not just at the most senior levels. But down through the ranks; not only policy makers, ...

Central - Local 4: The Public Sector Transformation Network

Created on 06 December 2013. Posted in Our blog

... the £3.8bn locally pooled budget for Better Care and action to make it easier to share information announced at the Spending Review. The Autumn Statement made a commitment to give local public services ...

Local – Central 3: Sharing the policy making process

Created on 23 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... sure that whether it is housing regulations, pension rules, grant settlement formulas, complex reforms to social care or any number of other things the design and policy making could be done in real partnership ...

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

Created on 23 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... pressure on local government budgets caused by increases in social care costs) seemed particularly tenuous and thirdly because any argument about redistributing based on need should start with differences ...

Central - Local 2: Secondments

Created on 03 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... this is the sort of low impact risk well worth taking. Even if it just helps develop a few careers or deliver a few projects in more interesting ways or helps build a little understanding we believe it ...

Central - Local 1a: Abolish the DCLG?

Created on 03 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... former, were negotiated with the Treasury (who gave us the money) and changes in social care to comment on the latter have been worked out with the Department of Health (who also have control of the money). ...

Central - Local

Created on 26 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

... crusade to link up social care and health care (a crusade for which he perhaps doesn't get enough credit), calls from leading local government lights like Essex leader David Finch (£) or the DCLG select ...

Tales from a winner

Created on 13 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

... It is a learning and development opportunity that money can’t buy and has been truly career-changing for me.  Visit http://www.local.gov.uk/lgchallenge to watch the films and find out more - and if that ...

In the grim darkness of the far future...

Created on 03 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

... undertaken by robots/computer programmes, so will put increasing importance on funding education locally and upskilling their local workforce. Social care as we know it will long since have failed. Most ...

Service Before Self

Created on 23 September 2013. Posted in Our blog

... It was sent in anonymously and will stay that way, but that doesn't mean it is anything other than very real. Rachel looked after my wife’s gran when she was dying. She works for a private sector care ...

Tales from the NHS

Created on 15 September 2013. Posted in Our blog

... of care for the patients was damaged. If ever there was a situation that demonstrates why the NHS is seen as a failing bureaucracy this is it. Well, the story doesn’t end here. On her first day she ...