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LGA Conference 2014

Created on 11 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... demanded a changed relationship between local and central government. The atmosphere (which we discussed on a special edition of our podcast) was bullish and proud: local government for the first time ...

Is economic growth an imperative for councils?

Created on 28 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... the growth in the first place? I can’t speak for them but at least on the surface in Liverpool it seemed like they were adept at making this balance. The growth, and the council's role in more 'creative' ...

Can contract management be sexy?

Created on 28 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... local government lesson twice last week. Firstly, when an IT consultant I know told me that her (private sector) clients spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on systems that they rarely used and then ...

Reflections on LocalGovCamp 2014

Created on 23 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... from the day now that some dust has settled. Collaborating on collaboration The first session I went to was a session on collaboration, and helping people find both each other and good ideas. It was ...

8 things I learnt whilst on paternity leave

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... at first, not!). I was just aware of my uniqueness.  2) Despite this there is, as you would expect, no reason why a man can't do it At first I felt a little nervous about being my son's sole carer ...

The local government brain drain

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... can’t shake its hierarchical nature. I may have told this story before but I once knew a 23 year old who left local government to join a consultancy firm. With the first six weeks she was receiving direct ...

Are our heads in the digital sand?

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... the right information easily and at the first attempt? Would they come back or recommend it to their friends and family? Knowing the answers to these will form the root of good web evolution, rather ...

First day at my new school

Created on 10 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... names I'll struggle to remember at first go, reading reams of paper without always understanding what's relevant or how it all fits together, and getting set up on ICT systems great and small. It'll be ...

Ten things I know about Local Government

Created on 29 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... through the same challenges their predecessors grappled with but without the benefit of firsthand experience and hindsight. We spend too long comparing ourselves against each other We all love a good ...

Sort-of-goodbye

Created on 09 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... Well I have; my first draft involved space travel, excitement, adventure, riches beyond my wildest dreams and a short commute from home. My second draft at a (slightly) more realistic list was more down ...

‘First past the post' - National Planning Practice Guidance

Created on 31 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... of another local planning authority they may fail the test of compliance with the duty to cooperate or the plan may be found unsound.   Hence the title of this article; first one to get to PINS (the ...

Local – Central: Time to sum up

Created on 16 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... who vote for them are delivered. And yet, too often this is not the case. As we said in our first post: ‘Despite this recognition and general commitment to make these parts of our government work better ...

Taking Paternity Leave

Created on 16 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... or going on sabbatical. Instead I am taking three months of paternity leave as my wife goes back to work. When my wife was pregnant and we were discussing our childcare options for the first six to nine ...

The death of policy?

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... and distinctive from central government then I believe this represents a real opportunity; firstly to craft a local government policy profession that is more directly useful to the councils and populations ...

S**t - I've been hacked!

Created on 17 February 2014. Posted in Our blog

... with a new even more secure (hopefully) password added. This would be the first thing to do on the list of anyone after discovering a hack. Next would be some notification and investigation. I'm not ...

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

... local government to deliver services in the interests of the populations it serves and local government does not trust central government to stop interfering in its work. In the first instance this leads ...