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Central – Local 10: Testing the assumption

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... to happen far earlier in individual staff member’s career. 2) Consultation between central and local government is actually fairly good Again, my experience is very different but then again it would ...

S**t - I've been hacked!

Created on 17 February 2014. Posted in Our blog

Over the weekend I was hacked. Not all of my accounts, and I have very different and secure passwords for my important things like banking, but my Twitter account for the space of a few hours started ...

Central-Local 5: It’s good to talk

Created on 13 December 2013. Posted in Our blog

... and conducted all too often ‘by correspondence’. If truth be told there is little interaction between civil servants in different departments. It happens in the course of business, though too much ...

Central - Local 4: The Public Sector Transformation Network

Created on 06 December 2013. Posted in Our blog

... smaller. That is not the case. Welfare, debt interest and pensions are forecast to rise squeezing spending on unprotected public services. That matters because it means that the different parts of the ...

Local – Central 3: Sharing the policy making process

Created on 23 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... co-design is replaced by ‘consultation’ and Government ‘consultation’ is a far different beast. Although there are notable exceptions to this the standard Government consultation works something like ...

Central - Local 2: Secondments

Created on 03 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... staff member and bringing back experience that can benefit the sending organisation. A good secondment can also benefit the receiving organisation; bringing in different skills to an organisation on a ...

Central - Local

Created on 26 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

What follows is not a controversial statement: Local government and central government need to work better together. You can see this in all sorts of different areas. Examples include Eric Pickles' ...

Our Day

Created on 13 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

... make a statement I thought it was worth laying out my thoughts on why supporting an initiative like ‘Our Day’ is worthwhile. The words ‘Our Day’ can mean two different things. In its most basic sense ...

Tales from a winner

Created on 13 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

... up in all the challenges such as partnerships, investing to save and challenging ourselves to innovate and meet needs differently. We worked really hard during each of the challenges with both teams often ...

Service Before Self

Created on 23 September 2013. Posted in Our blog

... service in a different way.... I started my working life as a care worker. I remember the pressure of delivering care against the clock whilst trying to care for someone at their pace. I remember the ...

Tales from the NHS

Created on 15 September 2013. Posted in Our blog

... about her start date. We’ve already wasted a little time but as the teams are a little different maybe this was perfectly reasonable. What follows is not. Mum was told that she couldn’t have a start ...

Internet dating for the bureaucrat

Created on 04 August 2013. Posted in Our blog

... to get beyond the transactional relationship. We all know the benefits we gain by sitting in the same office as colleagues who work in slightly different areas to us. We bounce ideas off each other, ...

Hope over experience?!

Created on 04 August 2013. Posted in Our blog

... challenge is around decision making. Having the skills to do something, or the ability to work out what to do is very different from doing that thing. Whether it’s leading a project, managing staff, dealing ...

A Busman's Holiday

Created on 04 August 2013. Posted in Our blog

... was a little different; I just loved their park. It was a lovely large park with some awesome play equipment (yes, I wanted to go and play; no, I resisted the temptation), a proper paddling pool (large, ...

The challenge of complexity

Created on 22 May 2013. Posted in Our blog

... services provided by your local authority and then consider all of the different models for how those are provided. Our sector now has shared services with other councils, private sector companies and ...

20 and Out

Created on 09 May 2013. Posted in Our blog

... to do things differently in future in order to create sustainable success next time around. However, this will only happen if we are able to be honest about and learn from our mistakes. If Ferguson can ...