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The worst is yet to come

Created on 28 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... service reductions.’ The below chart shows the looming gap between funding and expenditure.   I recommend that readers go and check out the whole document but there is one other chart that caught ...

Political interference

Created on 27 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... would be that Mayor Rahman had wanted to ensure that a complex grant process did not deny community groups which he knew were good service providers from getting funds. In both circumstances isn’t that ...

Showing our working out

Created on 22 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... books whilst delivering all of the services needed to those who need them. A few members of the group are taking part as they have been invited to speak as experts, sharing their stories and describing ...

talkSPORT and the centralised country

Created on 16 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... to do anything much regionally at all. We don’t have regional banks, regional supermarkets, a regional health service, or much infrastructure that can be really described as regional. It even happens in ...

LGA Conference 2014

Created on 11 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... to identify, and it’s infuriating. Compare and contrast this year’s event with just 12 months ago, when the 2013 conference in Manchester saw the unveiling of the Rewired Public Services document which ...

Is economic growth an imperative for councils?

Created on 28 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... (both council tax and business rates), provide work for their local population and to protect local services. If we assume that the local politicians and officers have read their local situation correctly ...

Can contract management be sexy?

Created on 28 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... years by renegotiating its contract with Capita. The council's cabinet is being asked to approve the continuation of the Service Birmingham contract with Capita "in return for substantial savings".   ...

Reflections on LocalGovCamp 2014

Created on 23 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... sector who I look up to and defend, no matter what the quality of service they deliver. I work within my remit to improve our communities according to the desires of our elected officials, and therefore ...

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

... and 61% of Chief Executives agree their council is confidently embracing the opportunities new technology offers to deliver better local public services. However,” and this is where it gets really interesting, ...

Ten things I know about Local Government

Created on 29 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... we should go digital and started asking how we can make it happen. Social media has been a big driver here, but it’s not the only driver. Local government has woken up to the fact that service users ...

Nesta Launch Civic Exchange

Created on 28 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... our own thinking caps on to see how we can contribute to this, so be sure to do that too. Introducing Civic Exchange Here at Nesta, we’ve launched Civic Exchange to help improve public services by ...

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 ...

Local – Central: Time to sum up

Created on 16 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... was ever the case, that local and central government are providing different services to tackle different problems. Instead as our society becomes structurally more diffuse the ability of either central ...

Different Votes for Different Folks

Created on 06 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... on the services they and their families use is much more likely. The difference between voting for an MP who then goes off to Westminster (other parliaments are also available) and voting for a local councillor ...

Central – Local 10: Testing the assumption

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... were three key arguments that I picked up from the panel against our presumption: 1) There are lots of people in the civil service that have previously worked in local government and vice versa This ...

Local - Central 9: Yes Minister; Yes Councillor

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... a graduate starting out on a career in public service, the Byzantine structure of UK governance can be daunting. Yet somehow we have to navigate it, and we Hertfordshire County Council grads thought we ...