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Central - Local 7: Change doesn’t happen unless you make it happen

Created on 11 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... that they don’t have all the answers, and to stop focussing so much on protecting ‘their service’.  It’s about enabling all the available brain power to come together to tackle a problem.  Central government ...

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, ...

Local – Central 6: Trust

Created on 05 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... an issue which is a combination of both but has become so entrenched that it is basically a structural issue now; that of trust between the sectors. Simply put, central government does not really trust ...

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

... a long way to go to balance the books. Net public sector borrowing is projected to come in just under £100bn in 2014/15 and we may not reach balance until 18/19. By then our accumulated national debt will ...

Local – Central 3: Sharing the policy making process

Created on 23 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... if we were able to engage the people using those services in the design, and often the delivery, of them. And yet, when it comes to the relationship between central and local government this sort of aspirational ...

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

Created on 23 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... money comes back from Scotland? Changing the Barnett formula on its own does nothing to tackle this crisis and I find it a really odd focus on the LGA. Finally, we all know that cuts to local authority ...

Central - Local 1a: Abolish the DCLG?

Created on 03 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... been relatively little to talk about. Indeed, that might be why, and here comes a generalisation, the DCLG twitter feed seems to predominantly feature announcements of pubs being designated as community ...

Tales from a winner

Created on 13 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

... before you've read this post. ‘PROFIT is not a dirty word’. - That was the feedback that I got following the second challenge on the Local Government (LG) Challenge 2013 and it has become a bit of a ...

In the grim darkness of the far future...

Created on 03 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

... than caught. These predictions - some big, some small - set out some of the things he thought the world would be like by the year 2014. Time has inexorably ticked on and whilst not all have come off ...