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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 ...

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

... the contract they are actually using or if costs change massively just paying a reasonable price for those services. Secondly, just because a contract is signed doesn’t mean that the issue is moot for, ...

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

... discussions about cuts to spending, cuts to services and impending economic doom. These days it seems that because we survived for a bit and a lot of people didn’t notice too much, that we’re through the ...

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

... services, will require more joined up working rather than less.   We hope that our small series will have helped contribute to the debate about how we can take that forward.  ...

Local - Central 9: Yes Minister; Yes Councillor

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... from Local Government. • We all need to be proactive in seeking out cross-sector experience. • And; whichever sector we work in, we need a deeper appreciation of what it means to deliver public services ...

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

...  Of course we should not exclude those from the business, voluntary and social enterprise sectors. The business of government and the delivery of public services is diverse affair; though there are some ...

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 ...