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Political interference

Created on 27 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... ineligible, including one from Society Network Foundation. And just to make sure the correct answer was arrived at they changed the eligibility criteria after the closing date for applications. When the ...

LGA Conference 2014

Created on 11 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... demanded a changed relationship between local and central government. The atmosphere (which we discussed on a special edition of our podcast) was bullish and proud: local government for the first time ...

Can contract management be sexy?

Created on 28 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

...  It sounds like this renegotiation is being done within the context of a contract extension but it does show the willingness of suppliers to work with you as situations change and also shows the importance ...

Reflections on LocalGovCamp 2014

Created on 23 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... surprising. I expect it was simply down to other interesting debates happening elsewhere, but we all need to consider these issues a bit more and look at what we are going to be doing personally to change ...

8 things I learnt whilst on paternity leave

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... but I look back on the weeks with not a single drop of regret. My son has changed so much in the last three months (as babies do) and it's been great to be a part of that from really close up. In lieu ...

The local government brain drain

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... add far more value than we are willing to pay for. 2)      2) Freedom Local government is still, despite some changes, a buttoned down risk averse place. Staff are constantly restrained from coming ...

Are our heads in the digital sand?

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... need to see a significant change in relationships, behaviours and attitudes if we are going to see councils being able to afford to deliver key services to those residents with the most need. Digital services ...

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

... clock and cashed in your final salary pension forty years later. How times have changed. I wouldn’t say I was the exception to the rule, but over my time in local government I sat at ten different desks, ...

Nesta Launch Civic Exchange

Created on 28 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... our own thinking caps on to see how we can contribute to this, so be sure to do that too. Introducing Civic Exchange Here at Nesta, we’ve launched Civic Exchange to help improve public services by ...

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? ...

Local – Central: Time to sum up

Created on 16 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... Claire Webb, argued that change was incumbent on each of us working in the public sector; change will only happen if each and every one of us make it happen. Picking back up on the Learning and Development ...

Taking Paternity Leave

Created on 16 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... are not too keen on the paternity leave provisions (and certainly not Nick Clegg’s proposed changes to them) and I can sort of see why. Whereas my wife was going to be off for six months and was given ...

Different Votes for Different Folks

Created on 06 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... understanding the impact of national policies on a country which is part of a global economy, but getting them to understand how their votes will influence real changes in the places where they live and ...

Central – Local 10: Testing the assumption

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... cuts accompanying the disagreements but this point seems well made. As a non-politician it’s not really my place to comment but if there are to be changes to improve relations between local and central ...

The death of policy?

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... comments and Ann’s reflect a recent change in the way that policy is being delivered in local government. As the size of the central ‘corporate’ teams has shrunk and the need for policy directly linked ...

S**t - I've been hacked!

Created on 17 February 2014. Posted in Our blog

... and changed my password. Sounds simple enough, but it would be easy to skip this step in order to jump into damage and message control without plugging the flow at its source. My old password was dumped, ...

Reflections on #UKGC14

Created on 28 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... blogging discussions has changed somewhat. Is this because we’ve all moved on to something new? Is it because we are working more closed off than we were? Is it because people simply got out of the habit ...