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Local – Central 6: Trust

Created on 05 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... an issue which is a combination of both but has become so entrenched that it is basically a structural issue now; that of trust between the sectors. Simply put, central government does not really trust ...

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 ...

Our Day

Created on 13 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

... simply unaware of and sharing them can hopefully bring some wider understanding of the sector. There are parts of my council that even now I don’t know much about and I work for a local authority. Can ...

Internet dating for the bureaucrat

Created on 04 August 2013. Posted in Our blog

... policy development or just simply to get an informed outsider’s views on a tricky work problem. Over time the level of understanding between sectors would grow and with it the opportunities for closer, ...

Template tantrum

Created on 04 August 2013. Posted in Our blog

... templates. Instead, send the officer who needs to complete the template a blank sheet of paper (well, maybe an e-mail or IM) asking them to detail whatever it is they need, to do so simply so that everyone ...

The challenge of complexity

Created on 22 May 2013. Posted in Our blog

... brought about quickly and relatively simply. For every new arrangement councils enter into that ability to drive through change is constrained. A new shared service, or even a cut in service provision, ...

What can Local Government learn from football

Created on 22 May 2013. Posted in Our blog

... for an early lunch. Commentators – Any open plan office would be enhanced through the appearance of some local government pundits with pearls such as “Julie’s phone manner is simply sublime”, “Oh my ...

It's a no from me

Created on 19 May 2013. Posted in Our blog

... into a negative brand which sends people running to the hills, yet without some of the things it alluded to local government and the core of services we need to provide simply will not be able to cope ...

20 and Out

Created on 09 May 2013. Posted in Our blog

... made regarding certain payments to a certain agent and as a result simply refused to speak to the BBC for quite some time. However, eventually he agreed to bury the hatchet metaphorically speaking and ...

Working for a ‘best achieving’ council

Created on 28 April 2013. Posted in Our blog

... local authority simply because of the people who work there. I wrote about this, albeit anonymously, in the past and many of the comments we got were best described as ‘sceptical’ but I am genuinely impressed ...

Your local online High Street

Created on 17 April 2013. Posted in Our blog

... goes back into the local economy) and that does more to improve local areas than the same levels of spending at large chain stores. However, if you decide to buy online usually you simply go with Google. ...

12 Things I learnt about podcasting

Created on 03 April 2013. Posted in Our blog

... (which you should really have a listen to). The idea is that it will look at the world of local government in the same way as our blog posts, but simply in an audio form. So far, so easy. Well, there’s ...

Tax increases on the poor – Why?

Created on 29 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... decisions at local level simply means they don’t get the meta-scrutiny they deserve. All of the above provides a lament about central government actions. However, it assumes that we can unquestionably ...

Dear ITV

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... and clock off at 4.00pm is frankly ludicrous and borderline offensive.  The actor who portrayed this smug, self satisfied and seemingly content jobsworth in your show quite simply can never have met any ...

The TPA strikes again

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... of the TPA there is simply no way that all existing staff will decide to stay in their posts (and who could blame them).  This leaves a sector desperately in need of stability, leadership and experience ...

Being Critical

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... to be managed by you – although ironically the uber-critical are for some reason the least self-aware about themselves, their work or often their team. Critical thinking is good; being simply critical ...

Bingo!

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... or phrases which we are getting a little tired of hearing thrown around meetings, usually by someone attempting to sound more clever than they actually are. Some or jargonistic, others are simply meaningless, ...