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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

... at Councillor and Officer levels and what the public thinks is possibly the most worrying of the statistics. If you read this report with no wider awareness you might end up thinking that councils are ...

Ten things I know about Local Government

Created on 29 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... going on and is therefore open to being abused for something that some other officer did several years ago which had nothing at all to do with them. Reality is far different. Councils are full of silos ...

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 ...

Different Votes for Different Folks

Created on 06 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... can then use this data in clever ways which are often better than more official feeds, though of course were open source systems collaboratively developed there would be nothing from stopping all councils ...

Central – Local 10: Testing the assumption

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... select councils then this is an issue for local government and not central. How local government organises itself to effectively engage with the centre is the key issue here and how we, as a sector, address ...

The death of policy?

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... has often led to a ‘follow-the-leader’ approach from councils. Policy then often became about interpreting and responding to the centre rather than doing anything interesting; all of the interesting work ...

Local – Central 6: Trust

Created on 05 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... high profile examples. What is striking about this is that it is not just local government who seem to be untrusted but also the local populations who vote for these local councils. If town centre parking ...

Central-Local 5: It’s good to talk

Created on 13 December 2013. Posted in Our blog

... could host ‘open days’ inviting local government officials into their buildings. Individual councils could also reciprocate. ·         Whitehall departments could also follow the lead of DCLG and invite ...

Central - Local 4: The Public Sector Transformation Network

Created on 06 December 2013. Posted in Our blog

... There is a lot more that can already be implemented locally. By taking the initiative councils and local services can lead by example so that others will follow. Already this year Surrey, SE London, West ...

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

Created on 23 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... according to the press release: The ageing population is increasing demand for council-run adult social care services by 3 per cent each year, meaning councils have to find an extra £400 million per ...

Central - Local 1a: Abolish the DCLG?

Created on 03 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... we can quote in full:   "Losing a department in it's own right would be a blow for local government, but hardly unexpected. A post on the We Love Local Government blog this week spells out how councils ...

Our Day

Created on 13 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

... of ‘Our Day’. However, just for completeness Our Day is a celebration of local government which asks staff working for councils up and down the country to tweet what they are doing. Promoted by the Local ...

Tales from a winner

Created on 13 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

... vulnerable people. We even took part in a training exercise run by Breckland Training Services that involved playing the part of a fictional management team of two merging councils. Common themes came ...

Service Before Self

Created on 23 September 2013. Posted in Our blog

... with financial constraints facing Councils, have recently expressed “concern” about zero hours contracts. Locally we have yet to identify a single penny to enable me to ban the Council from contracting ...

Who comments?

Created on 25 August 2013. Posted in Our blog

... The politicians who run our councils are the publically elected filter who are meant to take the expert input of the officers and then to make decisions in the public interest. The same restriction applies ...

The Guardian Local Leaders Network respond

Created on 23 June 2013. Posted in Our blog

... it exists. The weight of local councils' responsibilities keeps expanding and the size of the challenge, from local economic growth, arts and culture, planning and welfare, through to health and wellbeing, ...