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FOI in five words

Created on 19 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... but a response as well I was on a high! “Wow!” I thought, “these guys are really on the ball! I know it wasn’t a complicated request but I didn’t expect them to respond quite so quickly!” However. Imagine ...

Tattoos are a choice you will need to live with

Created on 18 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... visible tattoos would carry a degree of stigma. It’s a strange thing really. Obviously, when people meet someone of a different gender, ethnicity, age, physical ability or other attribute we’d like to ...

Speed Dating and Magic Beans: Social Care in 2014.

Created on 11 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... complex and skillful jobs they deliver. Hospitals should be a place of last resort. The problem is that the gap between political expectation and reality is widening at pace and the electorate aren’t yet ...

Cricket and Councils; more alike than you'd think

Created on 29 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

...  3.       Captains are more important than most people realise Alistair Cook has come under a lot of flak recently for poor captaincy (and rightly so in my opinion), but some people feel he should be ...

Showing our working out

Created on 22 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... I’d usually get the right answer, but rarely adequately showed my working out. The reason I mention this is that I came across a similar situation recently at an event which really got me frustrated. ...

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 ...

Can contract management be sexy?

Created on 28 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... say, the next 5 years. On the contrary there are always negotiations to be had and adjustments that can be made.   It’s not sexy but unlocking £150m of savings really doesn’t need to be.  ...

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

... but I look back on the weeks with not a single drop of regret. My son has changed so much in the last three months (as babies do) and it's been great to be a part of that from really close up. In lieu ...

The local government brain drain

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... have left and are still working alongside the sector have a real public service ethos and are not purely, as far as I can tell, money motivated. However, there are areas where freelancing or the private ...

Are our heads in the digital sand?

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... are a number of very interesting points in there, each of which is really enough to write a separate piece on. To start with though I’m going to focus on the digital element of the findings as that was ...

World Cup Sweepstake: Local Government Version

Created on 11 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... blueprint; tipped for future good things whilst stepping up to the big stage. UKIP Councillors: Chile Still haven’t won anything but have the potential to really mess it up for one of the other ‘bigger’ ...

First day at my new school

Created on 10 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... of toast. "I remember when I started at my new school I was really scared, are you scared?" She asked this today, as 10 June is the day I begin my new job with The Stationery Office after eight years ...

Ten things I know about Local Government

Created on 29 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

Today, Friday 30 May, is not only my last day in my current job, it is also my last day in the public sector. I am leaving local government’s ranks and joining a really exciting company to work on digital ...

Sort-of-goodbye

Created on 09 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... Well I have; my first draft involved space travel, excitement, adventure, riches beyond my wildest dreams and a short commute from home. My second draft at a (slightly) more realistic list was more down ...

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

... son just seemed right. However, the more we looked into it the more we realised that our decision was fairly unusual. Not only am I the only man that we know taking additional paternity leave but when ...

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 ...