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Service Before Self

Created on 23 September 2013. Posted in Our blog

... a week. It was closed due to cuts in grant funding. She commented:  “My lifeline has gone; I am alone. No-one has explained why the cafe has shut. Doubtless some suit I will never meet will write a strategy ...

A Busman's Holiday

Created on 04 August 2013. Posted in Our blog

... that it is very difficult to maintain that level of library provision in local authorities which are undergoing the sort of cuts, not to mention changes in reading habits, that local government is currently ...

The K-Hub is dead; long live the K-Hub?

Created on 27 May 2013. Posted in Our blog

As some of you might know the LGA have recently announced that they will be closing the knowledge hub as part of a £2 million programme of cuts. Normally, we’d write a long post about this, discussing ...

The challenge of complexity

Created on 22 May 2013. Posted in Our blog

I was recently asked what I thought was the biggest strategic challenge facing local government. Resisting the temptation to say anything with the words ‘fiscal’, ‘tightening’, ‘cuts’ or ‘Eric Pickles’ ...

It's a no from me

Created on 19 May 2013. Posted in Our blog

... which causes so many problems for local government. Tax? Cuts? Both big issues of course, but not the subject of our debate. This time round our conversation was sponsored by the simple word: No. That's ...

Tax increases on the poor – Why?

Created on 29 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... cuts) and the vast amount of authorities who are implementing them. Does this matter? Wouldn’t a true localist welcome these decisions being made at a local level and subject to local scrutiny only? Perhaps ...

The budget: Always read the small print

Created on 27 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... about social care, libraries, child protection, street cleaning or local buses that means that the government feel safe to hit those services this hard whilst not feeling able to make even small cuts to ...

The TPA strikes again

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

If you are reading this, odds are good that you are well aware of what has been happening over the past few years in local government.  Funding has been slashed, cuts have been implemented and services ...

Channel 4 show us the way

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... the government should be reining them in’) and then suggesting that the efforts they are taking are a waste of money. Real reporting as to how local government can tackle the unprecedented cuts they ...

When is an efficiency not an efficiency?

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... these could be better characterised as cuts than ‘efficiencies’. Over-production is basically defined as providing more service than the most basic needed by a ‘customer’. For the sake of an example ...

Jargon-tastic

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... and Outputs– rather than say, results, or what we’re trying to achieve Transformation/Enhancement project –It sounds better than cuts but often means the same thing Project sponsor’s confidence – In ...

Bright young things

Created on 19 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... (and bearing in mind how long it is since there’s been big cuts, probably) never been asked to make before. Sometimes this moment of challenge can lead to great innovation but often it can lead to really ...

To share or not to share

Created on 19 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... Government is too big. Sharing services is one way to avoid making cuts that are too painful but in doing so we run the risk of losing accountability and local individualism. I don’t know the answer ...