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Cricket and Councils; more alike than you'd think

Created on 29 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... at least an acceptable standard the rest of the team suffers. The typical council is made up of huge numbers of teams and services, each of which has a greater or lesser degree of autonomy from the others ...

The worst is yet to come

Created on 28 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... moved away from the problem and moved firmly into the solutions. And yet, if anything, the cuts are now biting even harder than they ever had. This is for two reasons. Firstly, many councils have already ...

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 ...

talkSPORT and the centralised country

Created on 16 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... blog has, for many years, debated the peculiarly centralised British state, and argued that we need far more devolution to local councils and local people. This hasn’t really happened so far and despite ...

LGA Conference 2014

Created on 11 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... it brought together leaders, councillors, chief execs and senior staff from across the country to look at the issues facing the sector and hear from others involved what their own thoughts are. It also ...

Is economic growth an imperative for councils?

Created on 28 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

After having spent a day (at the Local Government Strategic Leaders Forum) listening to council Chief Executives tell us how they were planning to stimulate the local economy as a means of growing their ...

Can contract management be sexy?

Created on 28 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... council I was fully prepared for a discussion of how poor local councils were at negotiating contracts with the private sector.   I was thus fairly surprised when the speaker, a procurement consultant ...

Reflections on LocalGovCamp 2014

Created on 23 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... people came along. There were some excellent comments made by @martinhowitt and we also had a councillor in the room too (I feel terrible for not knowing her name), but at points it felt in danger of private ...

The local government brain drain

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... in councils tend to leave. Similarly, many of the best, and most interesting, people I know, or follow, in and around local government don’t actually work for councils. I should say that I don’t think ...

Are our heads in the digital sand?

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... the section which originally drew me in. For those of you reading along at home, turn to section six and have a skim through it before coming back. According to their survey, “75% of council Leaders ...

World Cup Sweepstake: Local Government Version

Created on 11 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... blueprint; tipped for future good things whilst stepping up to the big stage. UKIP Councillors: Chile Still haven’t won anything but have the potential to really mess it up for one of the other ‘bigger’ ...

Ten things I know about Local Government

Created on 29 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... that has happened over that time. I’ve gone from being a youth worker through to leading community engagement and innovation at a different council, and had the chance to work with some amazing people ...

Sort-of-goodbye

Created on 09 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... in over eight years be outside of the public sector, though I will be working very closely with Councils to look at their digital needs and then to bring some top technical minds to the table to meet those ...

Local – Central: Time to sum up

Created on 16 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... theme we then pondered the value of development days between local and central government and featured a post from the organisers of the ‘Yes Minister Yes Councillor’ event who discussed the different ...

Taking Paternity Leave

Created on 16 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... a short-term replacement my three month period is a bit awkward for the council; not long enough to get someone in and for them to usefully do anything but not short enough to be easily ignored. Thankfully, ...

Different Votes for Different Folks

Created on 06 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... on the services they and their families use is much more likely. The difference between voting for an MP who then goes off to Westminster (other parliaments are also available) and voting for a local councillor ...

Central – Local 10: Testing the assumption

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... case? At the recent ‘Yes Minister; Yes Councillor’ event I asked the four panellists what could be done to improve local and central relations and, realising that I’d stated my prejudice without caveat, ...