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Local – Central 8: Development days

Created on 05 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... come and work alongside us in local government for two weeks. I think they worked in social care policy and therefore frontline social care experience, or at least understanding how it works in local government, ...

Local – Central 6: Trust

Created on 05 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... policy making process. It’s quite a list and ranges from the cultural elements we believe are absolutely crucial to more structural issues that are far more difficult to fix. Today, we wanted to address ...

Central-Local 5: It’s good to talk

Created on 13 December 2013. Posted in Our blog

... management) and working practices (e.g. policy development) as well as common public policy goals and challenges such as the ageing population. So why doesn’t face to face engagement happen more often? ...

Central - Local 4: The Public Sector Transformation Network

Created on 06 December 2013. Posted in Our blog

... aware of. Today is one of those days. After our post about co-designing the policy process Robert Pollock, Director of the Public Sector Transformation Network got in touch with us to say the equivalent ...

Local – Central 3: Sharing the policy making process

Created on 23 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... could call examples of shared policy development. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Central government could, if they wanted to, commit to the idea of co-production and co-design of policy; making ...

Central – Local 2a: The LGA lays out its priorities

Created on 23 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... uncharitable response would be that this is a Tory councillor looking to use the Barnett formula as a useful policy distraction instead of dealing with the larger impact caused by a Tory government. However, ...

Central - Local 2: Secondments

Created on 03 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... the staff in question. Local government is very much about delivery whereas many elements of the civil service are about policy development. Neither are better than the other but both are linked but subtly ...

Central - Local 1a: Abolish the DCLG?

Created on 03 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... circles," writes Gareth Young. "I often feel that despite spending a lot of time thinking and writing about local government and central government policy impacts upon us I know relatively little about ...

Central - Local

Created on 26 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

... amount of scepticism in local government circles. Likewise, I often feel that despite spending a lot of time thinking and writing about local government and central government policy impacts upon us I ...

Tales from the NHS

Created on 15 September 2013. Posted in Our blog

... of this her team manager refused to advertise the post she was vacating on the open market. Apparently, there is a policy that they don’t advertise a role until the resignation has been formally accepted. ...

Internet dating for the bureaucrat

Created on 04 August 2013. Posted in Our blog

... policy development or just simply to get an informed outsider’s views on a tricky work problem. Over time the level of understanding between sectors would grow and with it the opportunities for closer, ...

A Busman's Holiday

Created on 04 August 2013. Posted in Our blog

... of the planning team in Torridge Council; both in terms of paying for the green itself and with the planning policy detailing how it should be supplemented by private developments. I thought it was great ...

Book review – Hard Change by Dawn Reeves

Created on 10 June 2013. Posted in Our blog

... in the midlands and confronting a series of all too common public policy problems. Chief amongst these are a budget crisis, the regeneration of a town and the blight that alcohol can have on local communities ...

Excuses, excuses

Created on 21 April 2013. Posted in Our blog

... comments. 6.       Didn’t want to commit anything to paper because of political sensitivity 7.       I can't see which policy this comes from, perhaps you could find it for me 8.       I can't email ...

Anecdote corner – Week 1: Working with Members

Created on 14 April 2013. Posted in Our blog

We all know the expression ‘you can’t make policy based on anecdote’; usually deployed when a politician somewhere inputs into a complex policy debate by referencing their cousin’s next door neighbour. ...

How to outfox a local government chief executive

Created on 09 April 2013. Posted in Our blog

... Executive: 1)      Focus on really small details when discussing big policy issues. Chief Executives are often great with the big picture but can’t be expected to keep on top of all of the small details. ...

Tax increases on the poor – Why?

Created on 29 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... of Council Tax Support (instead of Council Tax Benefit) is the latest in the ‘localism with strings attached’ policy toolkit from the DCLG. As the New Policy Institute explain: From April 2013 Council ...

I'm sorry

Created on 27 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... to explain his thinking in developing the above pieces of policy, the rationale he followed, the unintended consequences he missed and the assumptions that undermined the policies. It was, in its own ...