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First day at my new school

Created on 10 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... Out Loud week, highlighted to me by @austenhunter who is one of my favourite people on Twitter (and over a pint), I'll try to check in throughout the day and add some observations to this post as I notice ...

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

... in post for a year or so before finding a new job either internally or externally. Rarely was this for acrimonious reasons; usually it was due to the pace of change and the fact that local government is ...

Nesta Launch Civic Exchange

Created on 28 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

If there are two things we love here at WLLG Towers they are biscuits and a well formatted spreadsheet. And if there are two other things we like as well, these are a good guest blog post and a good idea. ...

‘First past the post' - National Planning Practice Guidance

Created on 31 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... of local government and as an interested observer also one of the most complex. Thankfully, we have been fortunate enough to receive a series of high quality guest posts to discuss elements of ever-changing ...

Local – Central: Time to sum up

Created on 16 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... who vote for them are delivered. And yet, too often this is not the case. As we said in our first post: ‘Despite this recognition and general commitment to make these parts of our government work better ...

Taking Paternity Leave

Created on 16 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

20th March 2014 Today is a pretty strange day for me. Later this afternoon I will walk out of my office and know that I won’t be returning for three months. I am not resigning, taking a long holiday ...

Different Votes for Different Folks

Created on 06 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... up with our thoughts being recorded for posterity. Today is one of those days, as we have the chance to discuss a subject very dear to our hearts; local elections. A paper released today (Friday 7 March ...

Central – Local 10: Testing the assumption

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

19th March 2014 Over the past six months or so we have been running a series of posts looking at how the relations between central and local government can be improved. Underpinning all the posts has ...

The death of policy?

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

11th March 2014 A few years ago, when we were churning out a new post every day, we wrote a post about the collapse of the corporate centre within local authorities.   In that post, which was three years ...

Local - Central 9: Yes Minister; Yes Councillor

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... the key messages from the event and draws out some lessons about the lessons for new public servants about local and central government. We hope you enjoy this post as much as we enjoyed the event. As ...

S**t - I've been hacked!

Created on 17 February 2014. Posted in Our blog

... finding out what was sent to whom and whether it was public or private would go some way to understanding the scope of the problem. If public, a deletion of the offending posts is worth doing (after ...

Reflections on #UKGC14

Created on 28 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... of blog posts within hours of it finishing, with people taking up the challenge of sharing five things they took away from the event. This year however it’s been a bit more sparse, and the style of the ...

Local – Central 8: Development days

Created on 05 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

21st January 2014 As regular readers of our blog will know we have recently embarked on a small mini-series of posts about the relationship between local and central government and how they can be improved. ...

Local – Central 6: Trust

Created on 05 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

7th January 2014 As regular readers of our blog will know we have recently embarked on a small mini-series of posts about the relationship between local and central government and how they can be improved. ...

Central-Local 5: It’s good to talk

Created on 13 December 2013. Posted in Our blog

... work better together. We are therefore delighted to feature a post from former Whitehall civil servant Mark Upton who in many ways helped stimulate the idea for this series. Mark believes that we need ...

Central - Local 4: The Public Sector Transformation Network

Created on 06 December 2013. Posted in Our blog

10th December 2013 As regular readers of the blog will know we’ve been running a series of post looking at relationships between central and local government and how they can be practically improved. ...

Local – Central 3: Sharing the policy making process

Created on 23 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

As regular readers of our blog will know we have recently embarked on a small mini-series of posts about the relationship between local and central government and how they can be improved. So far we’ve ...