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Local – Central 8: Development days

Created on 05 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... to attend a conference or two. These are nicely structured pieces of development, easy for everyone to quantify and document and thus a simple way for all concerned. Sometimes, I think staff even prefer ...

Central-Local 5: It’s good to talk

Created on 13 December 2013. Posted in Our blog

... dialogue as a means to problem solve and to produce more intelligent solutions. Even if it was to phone a local government official, whom I didn’t know, to gain some insight. Not everyone I came across ...

Central – Local 2a: The LGA lays out its priorities

Created on 23 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... and replacing with a better needs based formula. Allocating spending on the basis of suspiciously round numbers (The formula dictates that for every £1 the Government distributes, 85p goes to England, ...

Central - Local 2: Secondments

Created on 03 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... Well, we'd set it up as a series of job swaps; instead of these being set secondments (with all the budgetary confusion and pain to the line manager these bring) every person moving would be replaced with ...

Our Day

Created on 13 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

17th October 2013 This is a blog about local government that is largely read by people in local government so there is a very real chance that nearly everyone who reads this post today is fully aware ...

In the grim darkness of the far future...

Created on 03 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

... it was will have disappeared, though certain services will still be shared but not on traditional boundary lines. Virtual reality will be a normal and everyday part of life, so all customer contacts ...

Service Before Self

Created on 23 September 2013. Posted in Our blog

... with organisations that use them. I would love nothing more, for Rachel, for every Care Worker working in our area who deserve so much more, as do the people they support.  One of the key people in my ...

Tales from the NHS

Created on 15 September 2013. Posted in Our blog

19th September 2013 My mother is an occupational therapist working in the National Health Service. She is everything you would expect from someone working in the NHS; committed, passionate about the ...

Template tantrum

Created on 04 August 2013. Posted in Our blog

... for every situation. Nonetheless, as soon as you ask someone to complete a template you can guarantee that they will try their best to find something to write into every box. This is just one example of ...