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LGA Conference 2014

Created on 11 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... to half a dozen discussions at the same time each looking at different things. Admittedly, most of the ones I saw had something of a tech focus, from a couple of open data discussions to FutureGov and ...

Reflections on LocalGovCamp 2014

Created on 23 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... number (and quality) of the posts, along with the thinking behind them. LocalGovCamp seems to have enabled people to reach out towards concepts and ideas which have been tantalisingly intangible for a ...

8 things I learnt whilst on paternity leave

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... the skill before some of his similar aged colleagues. But he can't clap. For a while I tried to teach him to clap; so that he could join in with clapping songs. He didn't really want to learn, far more ...

Are our heads in the digital sand?

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... are a number of very interesting points in there, each of which is really enough to write a separate piece on. To start with though I’m going to focus on the digital element of the findings as that was ...

First day at my new school

Created on 10 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... to where I could sit today – we sort-of-hotdesk, though many people sit in the same places each day. I was then handed my equipment; a nice shiny laptop and a blackberry, which both worked out of the box ...

Ten things I know about Local Government

Created on 29 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... blazing any trails. There is still a long way to go, not least in unpicking what is often over a decade of badly procured and random systems which refuse to talk to each other or even display a common ...

Local – Central: Time to sum up

Created on 16 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... Network. Another guest post, this one from Mark Upton, argued that we need to create ‘safe spaces’ for public servants across central and local government to get to know each other better and discussed ...

Taking Paternity Leave

Created on 16 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... care about will flounder without me there. Logically, I know that each of these is overblown but nonetheless this represents an odd feeling. I know I am leaving but I’ll be back soon. Personally, I also ...

Different Votes for Different Folks

Created on 06 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... three key areas which it sees as fundamental to the take-up of the right to vote each and every one of us has: Minimum voting age How we vote How we publicise election information I'll avoid ...

Local - Central 9: Yes Minister; Yes Councillor

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... established. We learned from each other as well as from the panellists. If for no other reason than this, we hope to see you at our next event.  ...

Reflections on #UKGC14

Created on 28 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... to finish conversations with a swapping of twitter handles and a quick tweet to each other to make sure the connection online was made, while to latter swapped business cards with promises to follow up ...

Local – Central 8: Development days

Created on 05 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... each year to keep their qualification than for those doing other ‘unstructured’ activities such as ‘work shadowing a colleague’ or ‘visiting other departments or organisations’ each of which require more ...

Local – Central 6: Trust

Created on 05 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... to work better together local government needs to trust central government. We need to be enthusiastic supporters of each government’s ‘localism’ agenda (even if we don’t fully believe them), committed ...

Central-Local 5: It’s good to talk

Created on 13 December 2013. Posted in Our blog

... to create ‘safe spaces’ for public servants across central and local government to get to know each other better and his piece is a thoughtful analysis of the current position and what can realistically be ...

Central - Local 4: The Public Sector Transformation Network

Created on 06 December 2013. Posted in Our blog

... a long way to go to balance the books. Net public sector borrowing is projected to come in just under £100bn in 2014/15 and we may not reach balance until 18/19. By then our accumulated national debt will ...

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 2: Secondments

Created on 03 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... was a ready throughput of swapped staff. Staff would benefit and we believe that overall public policy would benefit too. If ten local authorities each committed to swap ten staff a time and the DCLG ...

Our Day

Created on 13 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

... Our Day is about the sector that I work in, and love, having the confidence to not just do what we do but to publicise and almost boast about it. You would never hear a Doctor or a nurse or a teacher apologetically ...