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The Comms2point0 Unawards are coming...

Created on 10 November 2014. Posted in Our blog

... Shout really loudly so your boss and your bosses' boss can hear. In 2014, in a landscape of cuts people really should be shouting. That's where awards come in.   Trouble is in local government these ...

FOI in five words

Created on 19 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

I had a novel experience a couple of weeks ago. For the first time in my life I put in an FOI request. It was sent to six local authorities, and asked them three or four questions about a topic which wasn’t ...

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 ...

Speed Dating and Magic Beans: Social Care in 2014.

Created on 11 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... out of Local Authority budgets (a circa 26% cut) and yet political expectations continue to ratchet up. Social Care is to achieve: fewer hospital admissions, integrated health and social care, a living ...

Running before you can walk; Government plans to share your data

Created on 04 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... within its diverse recommendations a ‘Duty to Share’. The recommendations were accepted by the Government and many of them then left up to local bodies to implement.   I’m not going to pretend to be ...

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

Over the last few years I think I have become partially immune to stories about the cuts that local authorities are still required to make. In part this is because the cuts have been such a part of our ...

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

In case you hadn’t heard, Saturday 21 June saw the fifth sort-of-annual occurrence of the awesomeness that is LocalGovCamp. Not sure what it is? Take a look here to get the lowdown, and while you’re there ...

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

Today I came across a new report released by Price Waterhouse Cooper entitled The Local State 2014 (you can take a look at it here: http://pwc.blogs.com/files/pwc-the-local-state-2014.pdf). It presents ...

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 ...