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The worst is yet to come

Created on 28 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

Over the last few years I think I have become partially immune to stories about the cuts that local authorities are still required to make. In part this is because the cuts have been such a part of our ...

Political interference

Created on 27 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... the role of politicians? After all, designing the perfect grants process is nearly impossible and I don’t know of any one that hasn’t resulted in at least one slightly perverse outcome (all of which we ...

Showing our working out

Created on 22 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... Picture the scene: a circle of senior Council staff from across the country, each describing their challenges and each looking to get some help and support to come up with solutions that will balance the ...

LGA Conference 2014

Created on 11 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... and verbally dominating the questioner. I don’t want this to come across as Pickle-bashing in particular, it was merely an indication of the mood I picked up on. It’s not that local government has given ...

Is economic growth an imperative for councils?

Created on 28 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... then the question becomes about the balance between the priorities. Are we, as local authorities, making sure that we are focusing as much on the services we pay for from this growth as we are in generating ...

Reflections on LocalGovCamp 2014

Created on 23 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... the best of local government. Over the years it’s become something of a tradition to record a few of my own take-away thoughts from camp events, so in no particular order here are my own recollections ...

The local government brain drain

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... this is a problem per se. The public sector should not be afraid of the private sector and the more good ideas we have in local government the better; wherever they come from. However, I do worry that ...

Are our heads in the digital sand?

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... “when we asked the public the same question, only 29% agreed… Clearly, local authorities still have some way to go when it comes to meeting the digital expectations of the public.” 29%, as opposed to ...

First day at my new school

Created on 10 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... add them to the comments below or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Wish me luck! Lunchtime Update Wow. What a culture shock. After arriving I was welcomed by my new manager and shown ...

Ten things I know about Local Government

Created on 29 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... projects for local government (more on that in due course), but of course in doing so I become ‘them’ rather than ‘us’. This gives me the chance to reflect on the past eight and a half years and all ...

Nesta Launch Civic Exchange

Created on 28 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... than differences in the challenges faced by local governments but we still see lots of reinventing of the wheel when it comes to digital services, rather than scaling and improving on great ideas. Therefore, ...

Sort-of-goodbye

Created on 09 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... at the centre of this Venn diagram of awesomeness is where my brand new job sits, which I will be beginning shortly. I’m moving to become the account manager for a digital publishing company who are expanding ...

‘First past the post' - National Planning Practice Guidance

Created on 31 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... that the duty to cooperate is not a ‘duty to agree’ and what to do if your neighbouring authorities never return your calls or come to your dinner parties anymore. The answer is to keep meticulous records ...

Local – Central: Time to sum up

Created on 16 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... six months to get to where we are.   However, six months later we have, along with our guest contributors looked at this issue from a number of different perspectives and come up with a series of proposals ...

Taking Paternity Leave

Created on 16 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... this is going to sound odd, that I am going to miss work a little; the mental stimulation, social element and generally just the sense of achievement that comes from my job. The above reads a bit negatively ...

Different Votes for Different Folks

Created on 06 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... up rather than something you do only if you have to. Local government elections could very easily become the way of proving this on a much wider level. It might be hard to start getting young people ...

Local - Central 9: Yes Minister; Yes Councillor

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... become political at a time of crisis, during recent flooding for example, local officials and national politicians vied for air time. This more prominent role stems from the fact that (at the risk of stating ...