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

Created on 23 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... priority. As mentioned the Barnett formula covers more than £50 billion of spend. Who’s to say that any change in the formula would then lead to the money being allocated between public services in the ...

Central - Local 1a: Abolish the DCLG?

Created on 03 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... former, were negotiated with the Treasury (who gave us the money) and changes in social care to comment on the latter have been worked out with the Department of Health (who also have control of the money). ...

Tales from a winner

Created on 13 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

... my slightly clichéd desire to help people, while letting someone else worry about where the money and resources were coming from. But in today’s world of increasing demands, decreasing resources and ...

Service Before Self

Created on 23 September 2013. Posted in Our blog

... of rubble on the floor with no money knocking around. “You don’t need eyes to see, you need vision.” (Maxi Jazz) Where does this leave me? Well I refuse to give in, despite the frankly ridiculous challenges, ...

Tales from the NHS

Created on 15 September 2013. Posted in Our blog

... and was ready to start her new role. As you can imagine this meant more bank staff whilst the other candidate worked her notice and more money wasted. Indeed, in the first week the situation got so bad ...

Spending money or making money

Created on 27 May 2013. Posted in Our blog

... comment) saying that the big difference between the private sector and the public sector is that private sector people make money and public sector people spend money. I don’t want to put words into ...

What can Local Government learn from football

Created on 22 May 2013. Posted in Our blog

... popular. Football is awash with money. Local Government hasn’t got much (and increasingly less). Children grow up dreaming of being a footballer. I and none of my colleagues dreamed of being a local ...

It's a no from me

Created on 19 May 2013. Posted in Our blog

... think it's the least they can expect; as my Great Aunt put it over the weekend, "I pay good money for these services". During that particular discussion she was regaling a recent tale of when she had got ...

Excuses, excuses

Created on 21 April 2013. Posted in Our blog

... I definitely sent the e-mail (checks outbox)… Oh, seems it didn’t send due to my inbox being overfull. 12.   I definitely sent it. Oh, wait, there it is in my drafts folder 13.   Maths, and the money ...

Your local online High Street

Created on 17 April 2013. Posted in Our blog

... but I suspect it is dwarfed by the departmental behemoths. It seems that councils are happy to spend money on renovating High Streets through putting new paving down, improving lighting, funding new ...

Professional problems

Created on 14 April 2013. Posted in Our blog

... with the children’s social care team and yet has been unable to fix them. After all, they have their own professional responsibilities. The council have, in his opinion, invested substantial money in the ...

Tax increases on the poor – Why?

Created on 29 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... this one, local councils are under the largest financial pressure they have ever faced. Finding money to offset this new funding imposition would have required even deeper cuts to other council services ...

Of Potholes and Singing

Created on 27 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... understandably been around resources used: time and the all important money factor. We made the video in less than two days with a local filmmaker, and it was funded by our contractor rather than from ...

The Freedom of ‘Lazy Journalism’ Act

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... why What is the current highest weekly and or monthly level of housing benefit currently being paid to a claimant and or their landlord? I am writing to obtain details of the amount of money spent ...

The TPA strikes again

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... whether their officers are good value for money, but again they are missing the points here. We once wrote about the fact that DCLG believed that the best way for councils to measure whether or not they ...

Channel 4 show us the way

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... prizes, incentives etc to reward those staff that have 100% attendance rates. 3) Making staff redundant entails making redundancy payments which can cost a lot of money And sad to say that was it. ...

Pay the going rate or see the talent going

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... pulled out a screwdriver and tightened a screw – within seconds the engine roared into life. He then handed my Grandad the bill – £30 (and that was in the day when £30 was a lot of money).  Incensed, ...

Strategy

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... knowledge of strategy is built from his rather successful refrigeration business which seems to be making him a fair bit of money. As is often the case this got me thinking. To what extent does having ...

When is an efficiency not an efficiency?

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... Osborne announced £4 billion worth of savings in central Government administration as part of the CSR. I’m sure most neutral observers thought ‘Hurrah, more money for the NHS’ or something similar. The ...

Jargon-tastic

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... totally different Efficiency measures– why not say that we’re trying to save money and be done with it? Worklessness– just because its not a word Corporatisation– which isn’t a word either Outcomes ...