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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 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 ...

Tales from a winner

Created on 13 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

... vulnerable people. We even took part in a training exercise run by Breckland Training Services that involved playing the part of a fictional management team of two merging councils. Common themes came ...

In the grim darkness of the far future...

Created on 03 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

... from central government to balance out low income areas. This will in turn lead to far greater discrepancies between areas in terms of services and quality standards. The two-tier council structure as ...

Service Before Self

Created on 23 September 2013. Posted in Our blog

... become more complex and a shopping trip (his only time out of the house each week) takes two hours instead of one. She referred this to her care agency; that in turn referred it to social services who ...

Tales from the NHS

Created on 15 September 2013. Posted in Our blog

... services she provides, skilled and most of all scathing of NHS management. I’ve always been a little sceptical of my Mum’s scepticism. As I know form local government it is an easy default when things ...

Internet dating for the bureaucrat

Created on 04 August 2013. Posted in Our blog

22nd August: Many times over the past few years myself and Glen have talked about the lack of connectedness between local government officers and our counterparts in other public services. How many ...