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The worst is yet to come

Created on 28 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... Council who are set to lose another 1,000 staff on top of the 1,000 who have already left. The move equates to 1 in 6 members of the current workforce being made redundant or retiring and not being replaced ...

Showing our working out

Created on 22 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... how they are in a better place than many others in the room. One of the group asks them how they can get from where they are to where they need to be; their answer? “Well, you just have to do it. We ...

LGA Conference 2014

Created on 11 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... up, far from it in fact, just that the air of constructive conflict and tension had disappeared, to perhaps be replaced by an air of practicality and pragmatism. I saw and spoke with people doing some ...

Is economic growth an imperative for councils?

Created on 28 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... decision to cosy up to the international digital elites while poverty spreads on its own doorstep to the effective displacement of social tenants in the regeneration of Southwark's Elephant and Castle ...

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 ...

The local government brain drain

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... add far more value than we are willing to pay for. 2)      2) Freedom Local government is still, despite some changes, a buttoned down risk averse place. Staff are constantly restrained from coming ...

First day at my new school

Created on 10 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... tiring. It'll also be fascinating. Besides a few years very early on in my working life when I worked for Army 'n' Navy, I've never spent any time in a modern workplace in the private sector. Don't get ...

Ten things I know about Local Government

Created on 29 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... and blinkers, none of which are intentionally put into place (with great efforts going in to breaking down these walls wherever they can be) but which nevertheless do still exist. Practically speaking, ...

Local – Central: Time to sum up

Created on 16 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... need look at the graveyard of community budget projects (Total Place anyone?) to know that the commitment is real. And yet, despite this commitment, progress is glacial.’ Our series was predicated ...

Taking Paternity Leave

Created on 16 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... a short-term replacement my three month period is a bit awkward for the council; not long enough to get someone in and for them to usefully do anything but not short enough to be easily ignored. Thankfully, ...

Different Votes for Different Folks

Created on 06 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... understanding the impact of national policies on a country which is part of a global economy, but getting them to understand how their votes will influence real changes in the places where they live and ...

Central – Local 10: Testing the assumption

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... cuts accompanying the disagreements but this point seems well made. As a non-politician it’s not really my place to comment but if there are to be changes to improve relations between local and central ...

Local - Central 9: Yes Minister; Yes Councillor

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... of place. What does this mean for aspiring young people in government? For young, ambitious public servants experience of central and local government is essential. Secondments can be a useful tool ...

Reflections on #UKGC14

Created on 28 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... There are exceptions of course, but not often enough are staff encouraged to spend time together outside of the more formal workplace. It might not be for everyone, but spending some time just talking ...

Central-Local 5: It’s good to talk

Created on 13 December 2013. Posted in Our blog

... not enough face-to-face engagement between Whitehall and Town Hall. Engagement does happen, more often than not taking place when there is a problem. There have been some welcome developments requiring ...

Central - Local 4: The Public Sector Transformation Network

Created on 06 December 2013. Posted in Our blog

... that forward thinking places across the country are taking the initiative themselves on behalf of their local residents. Staffordshire, Leeds City Region, Tyneside, Cornwall and Suffolk spring to mind. ...

Local – Central 3: Sharing the policy making process

Created on 23 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... co-design is replaced by ‘consultation’ and Government ‘consultation’ is a far different beast. Although there are notable exceptions to this the standard Government consultation works something like ...

Central - Local 2: Secondments

Created on 03 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... Well, we'd set it up as a series of job swaps; instead of these being set secondments (with all the budgetary confusion and pain to the line manager these bring) every person moving would be replaced with ...