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To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 3

Created on 15 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

The introduction of a Local Government Digital Service (LGDS), building on the work done by central government’s GDS, is an ongoing discussion which divides opinion as neatly as the introduction of a new ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 2

Created on 01 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... the finances needed to make LGDS a reality and give it the opportunity to succeed will simply be found somewhere? GDS has not been cheap, and so far it has worked with a limited number of departments ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 1

Created on 25 October 2015. Posted in Our blog

... opportunity to collectively step up to the plate and collaborate on major digital initiatives. That it has not done so is not down to any single individual or group, but is indicative of the challenges ...

Equality of Opportunity and the Exam System

Created on 30 September 2015. Posted in Our blog

... an average student gets good grades - an opportunity not available for all. Obviously, if we were to introduce relative exam grades on their own this would be a policy with significant downsides: 1)    ...

100 days in office and all that...

Created on 23 August 2015. Posted in Our blog

... strong, well led & inclusive devolved governance, this may be the opportunity to develop genuine system change for 21st century public services.  The impact of local authority services in areas such ...

Taking it offline

Created on 27 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... publicly there is actually less need for physical meetings at all. Everyone is updated more easily and has the opportunity to add their own questions or points which can be addressed whenever is best, ...

No Contest

Created on 21 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... for a number of years: a ‘none of the above’ option. Whilst this wouldn’t introduce active challenge, it would certainly give voters the opportunity to remove those candidates who simply were not deemed ...

What happens next?

Created on 13 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... service design: all these & more are up for grabs. The opportunity to create a vibrant, sustainable future for local government is there to be grasped; the sector must seize its chance. Rob Foster ...

So Long and Thanks For All the Flags

Created on 11 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... efforts, demanding ever more and condemning progress as not good enough. Eric regularly singled out individual councils for harsh criticism, rightly or wrongly, and never missed an opportunity to score ...

Things I learned at 'What Next for Local Government'

Created on 01 April 2015. Posted in Our blog

On Friday 27th March a group of graduates from the NGDP local government graduate scheme gathered for the annual-ish Alumni conference. I really enjoy these events; as much as they provide an opportunity ...

Showing our working out

Created on 22 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... the same by tomorrow. Some may say “we were just lucky”, but in my experience there’s no such thing as luck; luck is simply preparation meeting opportunity. Being open as you go helps as you don’t then ...

LGA Conference 2014

Created on 11 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... a whole slew of new ministers and ideas which will affect local government, whichever party is more or less successful in their campaigning. In some ways I wish this opportunity had been taken to start ...

8 things I learnt whilst on paternity leave

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... the worst. It involves constant concentration and provides little opportunity to mentally take a break. Looking after a baby is similar. Although the average baby day is not exactly intellectually taxing ...

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

... have engaged online if given the opportunity, so a little more research here might throw up some very interesting nuances indeed. However, the discrepancy between what is thought by council leadership ...

Sort-of-goodbye

Created on 09 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... sector because, despite me sort-of-moving out of it I still firmly believe in it and the work local government does. This will be from as informed a position as possible, and will open up the opportunity ...

Taking Paternity Leave

Created on 16 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... months or so the idea of my wife taking the first six months and then me taking three seemed fairly natural. My wife loves her job and wanted to get back to it and the opportunity for me to bond with our ...

Different Votes for Different Folks

Created on 06 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... it's been difficult to make it on time and it's caused me a lot of worry for fear that I would miss my opportunity to vote. Having the option of online voting would take that pressure off, and allow me ...

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 ...