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Tattoos are a choice you will need to live with

Created on 18 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... someone can do a job, they should be equal with the next person who has the same CV." In local government I’ve not heard the arguments for and against such discrimination played out at any length or ...

Cricket and Councils; more alike than you'd think

Created on 29 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... fit for kings. It turns out that most of the people I know who like cricket also happen to work in local government, and this got me thinking: where are the similarities between these two oft misunderstood ...

The worst is yet to come

Created on 28 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... life for over four years now and have sort of just become part of the context of local government. However, I also think part of it is that the narrative in the sector has, as so often with local government, ...

Political interference

Created on 27 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... things, the grant process to award funds to the Big Society Network was unduly pressured by Government Ministers. To quote the paper: Two senior figures on government grant awarding bodies have also ...

Showing our working out

Created on 22 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

I hate maths. Well, I hate teaching maths. My children are all at an age where they are starting to get on to more complicated calculations, and I’m struggling to adequately describe to them how to get ...

talkSPORT and the centralised country

Created on 16 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

A quick question for you: What links talkSPORT, and local government? I admit the link isn’t immediately apparent, and may exist only in my tiny mind but stick with me: ‘talkSPORT | the world's biggest ...

LGA Conference 2014

Created on 11 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... gave them the chance to meet a wide range of organisations and suppliers looking to work with local government in one way or another, as well as hearing from MPs about how central government is responding ...

Is economic growth an imperative for councils?

Created on 28 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

After having spent a day (at the Local Government Strategic Leaders Forum) listening to council Chief Executives tell us how they were planning to stimulate the local economy as a means of growing their ...

Can contract management be sexy?

Created on 28 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

About five years ago I went to a talk about local government procurement. As a fairly new local government officer with a slightly over-egged sense of my own understanding of the inner workings of the ...

Reflections on LocalGovCamp 2014

Created on 23 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... the best of local government. Over the years it’s become something of a tradition to record a few of my own take-away thoughts from camp events, so in no particular order here are my own recollections ...

8 things I learnt whilst on paternity leave

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... the Gents. This was a little irking! And now it is all over. My son is at nursery and I'm heading back to local government; wish me luck!  ...

The local government brain drain

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

17th June 2014 This blog’s co-author Glen has left local government and taken up a cool job working with a digital company who work alongside local authorities. Its great opportunity for Glen and the ...

Are our heads in the digital sand?

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... people thought they weren’t is a damning indictment of where local government is today. According to the report, when asked “In the last month, have you interacted with your council in the following ...

World Cup Sweepstake: Local Government Version

Created on 11 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

With the 2014 World Cup set to start later today even the most refusenik of local government employees will have already entered their team’s World Cup sweep stake. But just in case you are yet to choose ...

First day at my new school

Created on 10 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... in local government, and another eight in the voluntary and community sector before that. Over all that time I've always worked in some way, shape or form in the world of community engagement, be that ...

Local Government Strategic Leaders Forum – A WLLG field trip

Created on 09 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

10th June 2014 As readers of this blog will know we are the sort of people who will try anything once and so when we were asked to be the official media partners for the upcoming ‘Local Government Strategic ...

Ten things I know about Local Government

Created on 29 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

Today, Friday 30 May, is not only my last day in my current job, it is also my last day in the public sector. I am leaving local government’s ranks and joining a really exciting company to work on digital ...