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Local Government Strategic Leaders Forum – A WLLG field trip

Created on 09 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... Leaders Forum’ we agreed to give it a go. We’ve never done this before so we thought we should canvass a little opinion about what sort of things people would like us to do in our ‘official’ role. The ...

Ten things I know about Local Government

Created on 29 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... decide which of the bones need to go. Councils are innovating frantically, changing the way things have been done for decades in the space of just a few years, yet it’s still not enough and more needs ...

Sort-of-goodbye

Created on 09 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... needs. I’m tremendously excited by it and believe it will give me the chance to make even more of a difference to the wider world of local government than I could ever have done before. So, why am I ...

Taking Paternity Leave

Created on 16 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... have an element of trepidation. Although I like to think that I done my fair share of child care duties since our son was born I am self-aware enough to recognise that my wife has definitely been in charge. ...

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, ...

The death of policy?

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... being done centrally. This did no-one any favours; especially not the policy professionals. However, if local government is starting to develop a new model of policy, more reflective, responsive, innovative ...

Local - Central 9: Yes Minister; Yes Councillor

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... should take some advice from people who have been there and done it. Along with a former Hertfordshire grad who know works in the Cabinet Office, we organised a conference, ‘Yes Minister; Yes Councillor’, ...

S**t - I've been hacked!

Created on 17 February 2014. Posted in Our blog

... outlining the situation, the extent of the issue and what you have done/will do to rectify it will reassure those who noticed it as well as those who didn't. This all of course assumes that the person(s) ...

Reflections on #UKGC14

Created on 28 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... were more agile and quick to get things done rather than fill in forms and have meetings, and saw voluntary sector colleagues using their expertise and knowledge to comment on a huge range of interrelated ...

Central-Local 5: It’s good to talk

Created on 13 December 2013. Posted in Our blog

... done to improve the situation.  Do you have any idea about how central and local government can work better together? If so, please drop us a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ...

Central - Local 4: The Public Sector Transformation Network

Created on 06 December 2013. Posted in Our blog

... service reforms with partners.   This is positive and more can be done. But to get there better evidence is necessary that local services, facilitated by local government, can collaborate more effectively. ...

Local – Central 3: Sharing the policy making process

Created on 23 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... sure that whether it is housing regulations, pension rules, grant settlement formulas, complex reforms to social care or any number of other things the design and policy making could be done in real partnership ...

Central - Local 2: Secondments

Created on 03 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... would be a job well done.   As always, we're really interested in other people's comments on this idea and any other ideas you might have. Please do comment below or drop us a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ...

Central - Local 1a: Abolish the DCLG?

Created on 03 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... done relatively little to set a positive future agenda for local government. So what of local government's role in this? Are we to blame for the DCLG's current tenuous position? I think the answer ...

In the grim darkness of the far future...

Created on 03 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

... will be done with a working virtual contact centre. Brent are just a few years ahead of their time. Local authorities will face a huge challenge around supporting employment as more and more jobs are ...

Tales from the NHS

Created on 15 September 2013. Posted in Our blog

... they hadn’t burnt them or done something else ridiculous with them). So my Mum had to trek another 30 miles out of her way to drop off documents they already had. Throughout this time the east team had ...

Vote early and vote often

Created on 05 August 2013. Posted in Our blog

... but generally was a really cool recognition of all the cool things Glen has done in his still relatively short career. I can't think of anyone more deserving. Kudos Glen. Now, this post could / would ...

The Guardian Local Leaders Network respond

Created on 23 June 2013. Posted in Our blog

Last week we published a post querying the change of name from the Guardian Local Leaders Network; previously known as the Guardian Local Government Network. We were concerned that the network had done ...

The Guardian Local Government Network is no more - sort of

Created on 16 June 2013. Posted in Our blog

... positive. However, competing with this real positive is a minor concern; by focusing specifically on leadership is the Guardian doing what many other similar local government networks have done historically ...