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talkSPORT and the centralised country

Created on 16 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... the biggest sports radio station in the whole world? When you think that Britain is a fairly small country (relatively), talkSPORT doesn’t have the rights to all of Britain’s sport (much of which is on ...

Is economic growth an imperative for councils?

Created on 28 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... government forgets that it, too, is part of the safety net – even as it calls for a safety net of its own – where does that leave us?' Having spent a day listening to council Chief Executives looking ...

Can contract management be sexy?

Created on 28 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... but actually managing the contracts they had already let.   The procurement and management of those contracts are obviously linked but it does feel like contract management is the less ‘sexy’ of the ...

Reflections on LocalGovCamp 2014

Created on 23 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... doesn’t need to ask its centrally supported brother for permission to stand up and demand better of local government. It doesn’t need to be empowered by others to start having those conversations with ...

The local government brain drain

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... with those who have the missing skills that local government does not. If local government can’t keep this talent on the payroll (and indeed, it may not want to as these people may be more productive working ...

Are our heads in the digital sand?

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... 61% and 75%. I’m no statistician, but that’s quite some difference. In some ways it doesn’t matter who is right or who is wrong, and whether or not the services actually exist; the fact that over 7/10 ...

Ten things I know about Local Government

Created on 29 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... which are important. Invariably this is for good reason – it is important to get all your ducks in a row, make decisions based on evidence and ensure that all stakeholders are on board, but that doesn’t ...

Sort-of-goodbye

Created on 09 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... sector because, despite me sort-of-moving out of it I still firmly believe in it and the work local government does. This will be from as informed a position as possible, and will open up the opportunity ...

‘First past the post' - National Planning Practice Guidance

Created on 31 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... with others will eventually have to bring forward their own Local Plan for examination. If they are unable to provide robust evidence to support a strategy that does not plan for the unmet requirements ...

Taking Paternity Leave

Created on 16 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... (with the aid of the Mumsnet gang) every baby related query and generally just been in charge. That will now fall to me. I am really looking forward to it but the extra responsibility does feel a bit ...

Different Votes for Different Folks

Created on 06 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... going into too much detail as the report does this better than I could (seriously, go have a look!), but I will share my thoughts on each of these in turn.   Lowering the voting age to 16 I started ...

Central – Local 10: Testing the assumption

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... posts. Indeed, it does seem that at more senior levels the relationship is better than at junior levels. Does this mean that our series is now going to ceremoniously dropped in the WLLG trash can? No, ...

Local - Central 9: Yes Minister; Yes Councillor

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... of place. What does this mean for aspiring young people in government? For young, ambitious public servants experience of central and local government is essential. Secondments can be a useful tool ...

S**t - I've been hacked!

Created on 17 February 2014. Posted in Our blog

... anti-hacking software), nor do I believe that any reputational damage is irreparable. It does however require swift and decisive action to be taken if impacts are to be managed. There is no real way ...

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

Created on 11 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... secondees, but one swallow does not a summer make.  The detachment of central policy making from what happens on the ground, was already familiar to me.  Much of this is of course driven by what the politicians ...

Local – Central 8: Development days

Created on 05 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... was and is crucial to their work. Surely, this applies across the board. So why doesn’t it happen? I think there are two reasons: firstly the narrow way that learning and development is viewed in some ...

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 ...