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FOI in five words

Created on 19 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... request which should have been right up their alley. Thankfully though, not everyone is like that. The very next day I received an email from Monmouthshire County Council. I’d not received an acknowledgement ...

Tattoos are a choice you will need to live with

Created on 18 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... what it feels is acceptable for every role and every situation. Tattoos are a personal, active decision made by people which will affect how others perceive them. Outside of a tiny number of instances ...

Speed Dating and Magic Beans: Social Care in 2014.

Created on 11 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... perfect. They do not always adapt to meet the needs of the individual. Appalling abuse, neglect and system failure has a relentless place in every Serious Case Review. When things go wrong, they go spectacularly ...

Cricket and Councils; more alike than you'd think

Created on 29 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... often quoted lines when anyone mentions cricket is “but it’s so boring!” In fact, nothing could be further from the truth; if you take a step back and look at a match rather than every second of it. Yes, ...

Showing our working out

Created on 22 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... having an awful lot to do with the success of a rain dance: it might not matter how good or bad you are, sometimes everything just aligns perfectly and works first time. However, more often than not it ...

LGA Conference 2014

Created on 11 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... his stance on just about everything he discussed and verbally jousting with irate audience member after irate audience member. And whether you loved or hated him, no-one was left in any doubt as to the ...

8 things I learnt whilst on paternity leave

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... care really is a woman's world With (good?) reason nearly everything in the world of baby-care is dominated by women. I think I knew this when I took my time off but the extent of it did surprise me ...

Are our heads in the digital sand?

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... a website actually is: Could they access every bit of the website they needed to easily? What did they come to the site to do? Could they find it easily? Could they complete their transaction/find ...

First day at my new school

Created on 10 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

...  So far everything has been great; yes, it’s very early days, but there have been no surprises, no unexpected challenges and nothing which screams out I’ve made a mistake or that things aren’t as they ...

Ten things I know about Local Government

Created on 29 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... having ten seems the right thing to do... Things take time It’s funny how on occasions progress is lightning fast; everyone is on board, you have clear boundaries and goals and the resources to make ...

‘First past the post' - National Planning Practice Guidance

Created on 31 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... overriding safety issue. The above statement highlights everything that is warped about NPPG. Part ‘ladybird’ guide to planning, part NPPF gap filler and occasionally just downright odd, it takes a hardened ...

Local – Central: Time to sum up

Created on 16 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... Claire Webb, argued that change was incumbent on each of us working in the public sector; change will only happen if each and every one of us make it happen. Picking back up on the Learning and Development ...

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

... 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 ...

Central – Local 10: Testing the assumption

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... be. You can’t expect central government to engage with all 400ish local authorities on every policy. Instead they rely on relations with a few trusted contacts and peak organisations such as the LGA. Whether ...

The death of policy?

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

11th March 2014 A few years ago, when we were churning out a new post every day, we wrote a post about the collapse of the corporate centre within local authorities.   In that post, which was three years ...

S**t - I've been hacked!

Created on 17 February 2014. Posted in Our blog

... did it affect me? Yes. I felt a burning need to message everyone who had received spam under my name and apologise, despite the fact that this would both imply it had indeed been my fault and would probably ...

Reflections on #UKGC14

Created on 28 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... these approaches. Everyone simply took it all in their strides and focussed on making sure that lasting connections were made one way or another; truly, technology (whether electronic or traditional) was ...