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Tattoos are a choice you will need to live with

Created on 18 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... of us and one less of them.” In the modern age, for many people with a tattoo this holds true. Tattoos can be a symbol of a person’s individuality, of their own personal style, thoughts, attitudes and ...

Speed Dating and Magic Beans: Social Care in 2014.

Created on 11 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... Those are the moments when we can sit back and be happy that people know they can send them to us (and you can too, you know), safe in the knowledge that they will see the light of day. With that in mind, ...

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

Created on 04 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... economic growth and population movements, identify troubled families and elderly people in need of support, and cut fraud. They want to copy sophisticated customer analysis techniques developed by retailers ...

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 ...

Showing our working out

Created on 22 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... in number), when it comes to organisational and cultural development it is possibly the most dangerous and/or useless stance to take when people come to you asking for advice. It leads the questioner to ...

talkSPORT and the centralised country

Created on 16 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... blog has, for many years, debated the peculiarly centralised British state, and argued that we need far more devolution to local councils and local people. This hasn’t really happened so far and despite ...

LGA Conference 2014

Created on 11 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... to the local government agenda. Perhaps it was the sessions I attended. Perhaps it was the people I spoke with. Perhaps it was simply the slightly surreal sight of the British Sprinkler Alliance having ...

Is economic growth an imperative for councils?

Created on 28 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... falling with the cuts). If you can get this balance right then you don’t need to abandon the poor to pursue economic growth. Indeed, if you are brining jobs to the area and then helping people get back ...

Reflections on LocalGovCamp 2014

Created on 23 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... take a look at some of the brilliant blog posts that have already been coming up as a result of so many fantastic people coming together in the same place at the same time. I’m really heartened by the ...

8 things I learnt whilst on paternity leave

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... mens and womens. It makes total sense but nonetheless did surprise me a little. I wouldn't want this to seem as if people were unfriendly; indeed, the opposite is the case. Everyone I met was lovely ...

The local government brain drain

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... government as a whole) I can’t help but think that this is, in some ways, emblematic of a wider trend in local government where many of the best young people end up leaving. As @paulhayes01 noted on ...

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

... people are questioning whether they can live up to their previous success; perhaps unlikely but that’s still a pretty damn good team (oops; that was a bit sycophantic; I’m obviously getting ready to be ...

First day at my new school

Created on 10 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... with young people specifically or with the wider public more generally, so this new role is a bit of a carer change. Not one totally out of left field, but not one where the only difference between it ...

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

... that has happened over that time. I’ve gone from being a youth worker through to leading community engagement and innovation at a different council, and had the chance to work with some amazing people ...

Sort-of-goodbye

Created on 09 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... group of people who don’t accept mediocrity regardless of who they are being measured against. Oh, and that short commute from home option made it through to this draft too. Brilliantly enough, right ...

Local – Central: Time to sum up

Created on 16 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... or local government to do anything on their own is constrained and limited. Only by better working together can the two parts of our democratic structure ensure that the outcomes demanded by the people ...

Different Votes for Different Folks

Created on 06 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... my career as a youth worker, so spent many years surrounded by children and young people. Some were mature and able to make informed decisions based on facts and evidence, while others were either immature, ...