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Showing our working out

Created on 22 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... a few separate sums to get each component correct and then recombining them at the end to get to the answer; I just sort of do it all in my head and blurt something out. My teachers hated teaching me as ...

LGA Conference 2014

Created on 11 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

It’s not often that I struggle to find the right words to describe something.  I take pride in being able to step back, look at a situation from a number of angles and work out the best way to juggle language ...

Reflections on LocalGovCamp 2014

Created on 23 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... the best of local government. Over the years it’s become something of a tradition to record a few of my own take-away thoughts from camp events, so in no particular order here are my own recollections ...

8 things I learnt whilst on paternity leave

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... of writing something a bit too soppy, and recognising that this will be very familiar territory to any parents reading this, here are a few lessons I learnt whilst on additional paternity leave. 1) Baby ...

The local government brain drain

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... many of the people with the best ideas are not remaining in councils and that this might be emblematic of something mildly troubling. Is there something about local authorities that mean that the best ...

First day at my new school

Created on 10 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... my mind clear so it'll be easier to absorb as much as possible on this first day whilst still bringing something of myself to the table. It might be a long day ahead, but in the spirit of National Work ...

Ten things I know about Local Government

Created on 29 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... make it any less frustrating. Many are the times I’ve just wanted to get on and do something, knowing that instead I would need to wait for approval from several layers of hierarchy and perhaps a number ...

Sort-of-goodbye

Created on 09 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... the digital tools available to them and the websites which are so important to get right, and can’t wait to get started. Fingers crossed, this is the start of something very exciting indeed, and I hope ...

‘First past the post' - National Planning Practice Guidance

Created on 31 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... cooperate and the NPPG approach to unmet need, let us just get something important out of way - guard railing. Yep that’s right, guard railing. Presumably this item of street furniture weighs heavily ...

Local – Central: Time to sum up

Created on 16 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... not support more co-operation people really want to get involved. Whenever we spoke to people we were left with the impression that if something was in place to help build these relationships they would ...

Different Votes for Different Folks

Created on 06 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... up rather than something you do only if you have to. Local government elections could very easily become the way of proving this on a much wider level. It might be hard to start getting young people ...

S**t - I've been hacked!

Created on 17 February 2014. Posted in Our blog

... issue of the more human side of interventions is something I do understand and can grasp with both hands.   In my eyes, much of the implications of being hacked in the same way I was are managed ...

Reflections on #UKGC14

Created on 28 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... blogging discussions has changed somewhat. Is this because we’ve all moved on to something new? Is it because we are working more closed off than we were? Is it because people simply got out of the habit ...

Local – Central 8: Development days

Created on 05 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... work better together then something like regular development days between the sectors surely have to be part of the solution.   What do you think? We welcome feedback on this and all the other posts ...

Local – Central 6: Trust

Created on 05 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... is serious and help them achieve their aims by working together. Taken together, this is a call for something hard to define and even harder to deliver; trust. Central government needs to trust local ...

Central-Local 5: It’s good to talk

Created on 13 December 2013. Posted in Our blog

... lack the confidence that they should be mixing in such circles and that they have something worthwhile to say.  While the policy making process within Whitehall to varying degrees is too inward looking, ...

Central - Local 4: The Public Sector Transformation Network

Created on 06 December 2013. Posted in Our blog

...  One of the best things about writing this blog is when people get in touch with us to correct something we’ve written, to disagree a little or just to point us in the direction of something we weren’t ...

Local – Central 3: Sharing the policy making process

Created on 23 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... co-design is replaced by ‘consultation’ and Government ‘consultation’ is a far different beast. Although there are notable exceptions to this the standard Government consultation works something like ...