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Reflections on LocalGovCamp 2014

Created on 23 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... for shifting the agenda forward at speed to build upon the momentum it has already built up. I’d love to see some key principles for digital developed in the next few months and then released, along with ...

Local Government Strategic Leaders Forum – A WLLG field trip

Created on 09 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... hear from you. Over the next couple of weeks we’ll try and highlight a couple of the seminars and preview the debates we’d like to see progressed and if we get any interviews lined up try to get input ...

Ten things I know about Local Government

Created on 29 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... running smoothly. It’s not been easy. The trouble is, we still face several years of sustained cuts to funding, only this time there’s no more fat to trim. Next up is muscle, before we start having to ...

Nesta Launch Civic Exchange

Created on 28 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... Exchange – you just need to register for an account.   Over the next few months we’ll be adding more entries to the site and creating a selection of evidence-based case studies to showcase the most ...

Local – Central: Time to sum up

Created on 16 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... little strained we hope that, with these ideas or others, the next 5-10 years will see a real improvement in relationships and from that a real improvement in the services that we provide and the challenges ...

Different Votes for Different Folks

Created on 06 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... (carefully) advertise it far earlier and more publicly than we currently do. So, what next? This report makes some very interesting points for us all to consider, and has certainly made me think myself ...

Local - Central 9: Yes Minister; Yes Councillor

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... established. We learned from each other as well as from the panellists. If for no other reason than this, we hope to see you at our next event.  ...

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 ...

Central - Local 4: The Public Sector Transformation Network

Created on 06 December 2013. Posted in Our blog

... be around £1.5 trillion. If you agree that’s an unfair gift for our generation to presents the next then austerity is here to stay. If you work in the public sector you may feel the state is getting ...

Central - Local 1a: Abolish the DCLG?

Created on 03 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... about. We intend to continue trying to do that here, albeit in our relatively small scale way, over the next few weeks; and if you have an idea we'd love to hear from you.  ...

Central - Local

Created on 26 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

... relations between the central and the local. Over the next few weeks we hope to publish a few posts looking at different areas of relations and different ideas for how things could be improved. We'd ...

Tales from a winner

Created on 13 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

... UK, USA and Europe to learn from international best practice in CSR. Next March I will be attending a four-day course at Harvard Business School, things I could not have dreamed of doing without the scholarship. ...

In the grim darkness of the far future...

Created on 03 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

... of local government look like in 50 years time? As anyone who's been around for more than half of the last decade will know, accurately predicting even 5 years is next to impossible, but when you go that ...

Service Before Self

Created on 23 September 2013. Posted in Our blog

... £20m has been removed from our operating budget over the past four years. Just as much will need to come out again over the next four years (up to 45% of the budget in all will have evaporated.)  There ...

A Busman's Holiday

Created on 04 August 2013. Posted in Our blog

... but next time you are somewhere different keep your eyes peeled for the work of the local council; it might help remind you of what others experience, or want to experience, when they come to your area. ...

The challenge of complexity

Created on 22 May 2013. Posted in Our blog

... new way of working it doesn’t take long before the teams involved are inextricably, or almost inextricably, linked. So, why does this matter?   A lot of this complexity is designed to improve services, ...

It's a no from me

Created on 19 May 2013. Posted in Our blog

... wait until next time and it'll probably fall out of its own accord? Did they advise her to make sure it wasn't stuck to the bottom? No; they told her that they would send someone round immediately to ...

20 and Out

Created on 09 May 2013. Posted in Our blog

... boys by the name of Giggs, Scholes, Beckham and the Neville brothers. They of course become the core of a dynasty lasting the next fifteen or twenty years. Experience is more valuable than many give ...

19 things I learnt at the Public Sector Show 2013

Created on 30 April 2013. Posted in Our blog

... get there early enough L Someone fell asleep whilst sitting next to me… I know the conference was free but really?!? (Nearly everyone else seemed really engaged; as they should have been) Open data ...