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Central - Local 1a: Abolish the DCLG?

Created on 03 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

...  Would the loss of the DCLG damage local government? Initially at least, almost certainly. Do I believe that other structures could be put in place that could do the role that the DCLG currently does? ...

Central - Local

Created on 26 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

... the local and the central. One only 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.  ...

Tales from a winner

Created on 13 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

... in promoting localised corporate social responsibility. The 'plus' part focuses on the frameworks and networks that need to be in place to enable businesses, communities and local government to link effectively ...

In the grim darkness of the far future...

Created on 03 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

... skylines and sunlight onto the ground, the only direction will be down. Local government will have massively more power to determine its own fate. More local taxes will be in place, with minimal handouts ...

Service Before Self

Created on 23 September 2013. Posted in Our blog

... made the country a better place by any measure. I am so proud my grandparents were part of building it and love them all the more for it. In 1945 they created wonderful things with the country in a heap ...

Tales from the NHS

Created on 15 September 2013. Posted in Our blog

... her NHS trust the resulting process was so mad it a) put local government to shame and b) deserved to be told. So without further ado here is my Mum’s attempt to change her place of work. My Mum works ...

Who comments?

Created on 25 August 2013. Posted in Our blog

12th September 2013 Say what you like about local government officers but some of them are extremely well trained professionals. They are therefore likely to be well placed to comment on all sorts ...

Template tantrum

Created on 04 August 2013. Posted in Our blog

... would I do to replace the templates? I work from the theory that a template is provided to officers for one of three reasons; 1)      Because we don’t trust them to provide all of the necessary information. ...

A Busman's Holiday

Created on 04 August 2013. Posted in Our blog

... from noticing the impact of the local council in the places I visit. It’s nice to be able to see local government at work outside of the context of your own home (I just want my bin collected) or the place ...

The Guardian Local Government Network is no more - sort of

Created on 16 June 2013. Posted in Our blog

... local places and our coverage will reflect this, and also bring you the wider picture. Let us know your views on local leadership at the usual address. This is, in many ways, a really positive thing. ...