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Local – Central 8: Development days

Created on 05 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... Executive in my authority organised an opportunity for members of staff to shadow their equivalents in some private sector organisations that provide services to our council. It was an opportunity to understand ...

Local – Central 6: Trust

Created on 05 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... local government to deliver services in the interests of the populations it serves and local government does not trust central government to stop interfering in its work. In the first instance this leads ...

Central-Local 5: It’s good to talk

Created on 13 December 2013. Posted in Our blog

... but not before you're read today's post: From my civil service days I recall a visit to a local authority in the south west, accompanied by a colleague from another government department. Although a ...

Central - Local 4: The Public Sector Transformation Network

Created on 06 December 2013. Posted in Our blog

... smaller. That is not the case. Welfare, debt interest and pensions are forecast to rise squeezing spending on unprotected public services. That matters because it means that the different parts of the ...

Local – Central 3: Sharing the policy making process

Created on 23 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... in partnership with local government staff.   In local government circles we often talk about co-design and co-production of services; in effect arguing that the services we provide would be far better ...

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

Created on 23 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... mean an additional £4.1 billion flowing to England, largely at the expense of the public services of Scotland and Northern Ireland. Rather surprisingly, especially as I am an English local government ...

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

... of the department making the cuts. The latter comment just says what you already know; if the public aren't fighting for the services you provide the politicians won't feel the need to stand up for them. ...

Central - Local

Created on 26 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

... rather than specifically structural. After all, Governments of all stripes have made noises about greater devolution of powers to local authorities and more importantly about linking up services between ...

Our Day

Created on 13 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

... ‘Our Day’ is an opportunity for people who work in local government to write about their working day and the services they are providing. This is valuable; from the binman to the social worker to the housing ...