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The local government brain drain

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... some of my more cynical colleagues might. Yes, interims are well paid and consultancies the same. Indeed, often these day rates can cause serious gnashing of teeth. However, most of the people I know who ...

Are our heads in the digital sand?

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... “when we asked the public the same question, only 29% agreed… Clearly, local authorities still have some way to go when it comes to meeting the digital expectations of the public.” 29%, as opposed to ...

First day at my new school

Created on 10 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... to where I could sit today – we sort-of-hotdesk, though many people sit in the same places each day. I was then handed my equipment; a nice shiny laptop and a blackberry, which both worked out of the box ...

Ten things I know about Local Government

Created on 29 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... through the same challenges their predecessors grappled with but without the benefit of firsthand experience and hindsight. We spend too long comparing ourselves against each other We all love a good ...

Sort-of-goodbye

Created on 09 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... to deliver services to local government and needed someone with a working knowledge of digital along with the same for local government. Voila! Technically speaking, it means I will for the first time ...

Different Votes for Different Folks

Created on 06 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... uninterested or unable to grasp the complexities of the voting system or the policies laid out before them. Since then I've gone on to work with all ages within the community, from those same children ...

S**t - I've been hacked!

Created on 17 February 2014. Posted in Our blog

... issue of the more human side of interventions is something I do understand and can grasp with both hands.   In my eyes, much of the implications of being hacked in the same way I was are managed ...

Reflections on #UKGC14

Created on 28 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... resources. And that was just one session. Too often in our day jobs we work in the same small teams with the same people and miss out on the opportunity to bounce ideas off others in a larger group setting. ...

Central - Local 4: The Public Sector Transformation Network

Created on 06 December 2013. Posted in Our blog

... the same budget certainty as departments at the next SR; local government was spared from additional cuts, given more borrowing power for housing and the flexibility to sell assets to spend on one off ...

Local – Central 3: Sharing the policy making process

Created on 23 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... departments I like to think that they make sure that there are civil servants from all departments involved. The same should apply when the policy effects local government. Officers and councillors should ...

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

Created on 23 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... same way it is now. What’s to stop Eric Pickles pulling out his ‘spending power’ calculator (a calculator that is more trixy than the enigma machine) and simply reducing the grant accordingly once more ...

Central - Local 1a: Abolish the DCLG?

Created on 03 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... national policy making in quite the same way. Instead of manning the barricades we've generally fought hard to make the most of our position. This is admirable but doesn't argue for the ongoing relevance ...

Service Before Self

Created on 23 September 2013. Posted in Our blog

... no-one cares the subtext is always the same.  Rachel’s story and the work of thousands like her matters jack shit to them.  This angers me intensely and then you read that Daniel Pelka died weighing 1.5 ...

Tales from the NHS

Created on 15 September 2013. Posted in Our blog

... a job came up in that area she asked for a transfer. Bearing in mind that although separate both teams have the same management and are in the same trust she assumed this role could just be granted to ...

Who comments?

Created on 25 August 2013. Posted in Our blog

... The politicians who run our councils are the publically elected filter who are meant to take the expert input of the officers and then to make decisions in the public interest. The same restriction applies ...

Internet dating for the bureaucrat

Created on 04 August 2013. Posted in Our blog

... to get beyond the transactional relationship. We all know the benefits we gain by sitting in the same office as colleagues who work in slightly different areas to us. We bounce ideas off each other, ...

The Guardian Local Government Network is no more - sort of

Created on 16 June 2013. Posted in Our blog

... into the same trap of focusing on the ‘leaders’ and not the rest of the staff; it’s one reason why the LGA felt ok to propose killing the k-hub and one reason why many local government staff feel isolated ...