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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

17th December 2013 As this series has developed we've been really keen to engage people from across local and central government in trying to answer the question of how local and central government can ...

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 ...

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

Created on 23 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

26th November 2013 Another quick diversion in our central – local series today but the topic seemed relevant. On Thursday Sir Merrick Cockell hit the breakfast airwaves and TV studios to press the ...

Central - Local 2: Secondments

Created on 03 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

12th November 2013 Two weeks ago we, perhaps foolishly, decided to write a series of posts about central and local relationships and how they can be improved. We accept that there are large political ...

Central - Local 1a: Abolish the DCLG?

Created on 03 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

5th November 2013 Last week we started a little series of posts about how we can build better relationships between local and central government. We argued that relations and understanding between the ...

Central - Local

Created on 26 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

What follows is not a controversial statement: Local government and central government need to work better together. You can see this in all sorts of different areas. Examples include Eric Pickles' ...

In the grim darkness of the far future...

Created on 03 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

... from central government to balance out low income areas. This will in turn lead to far greater discrepancies between areas in terms of services and quality standards. The two-tier council structure as ...

Spending money or making money

Created on 27 May 2013. Posted in Our blog

... help but think of something else entirely; namely, if this rings true (and the central sentiment is probably correct) surely the author should be celebrating the challenge faced by public sector workers. ...

The K-Hub is dead; long live the K-Hub?

Created on 27 May 2013. Posted in Our blog

... to share knowledge, provided a space for good practice to be discussed and most of all recognised the central importance of creating digital spaces for these discussions. 2)      The fantastic Dave Briggs ...

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 ...

Your local online High Street

Created on 17 April 2013. Posted in Our blog

... go further and support the development of an online local high street, solely populated by local SMEs? Amazon have proven that it is possible to act as a central point for people to visit and buy things ...

How to outfox a local government chief executive

Created on 09 April 2013. Posted in Our blog

... subtlety of Balderick, allied to some not particularly clever or imaginative policies, some of which are definitely based on the past or central Government (apparently, mandarins like to have hotels in ...

Tax increases on the poor – Why?

Created on 29 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... system to 326 local schemes in England alone. All councils will have 10% less funding for CTS than they did under CTB. They are required by central government to provide the same level of support to ...

When is an efficiency not an efficiency?

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... Osborne announced £4 billion worth of savings in central Government administration as part of the CSR. I’m sure most neutral observers thought ‘Hurrah, more money for the NHS’ or something similar. The ...

Advice for the newbies

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... goes. Understanding how the council sets a budget and how each service manager then works out, and monitors, their own budget is such a central part of being a manager that it is best to get this sorted ...

Youth, and Local Government, is wasted on the young – Part 1

Created on 19 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... were young once? If not, when did they join Local Government?   The central civil services certainly does not have this problem; the Fast Stream is almost famous in terms of a graduate scheme and ...