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Central – Local 10: Testing the assumption

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... some of the lack of cross-fertilisation further down through the civil service and town halls. However, I still believe that this relationship between local and central government and their staff needs ...

The death of policy?

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... wonder whether this might be one of the positives of the current austerity drive. Local authorities have always been under-staffed policy wise compared to their central government colleagues and that ...

Local - Central 9: Yes Minister; Yes Councillor

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... Graduate scheme - Meinir Jones, Oliver Barnes and Tom Johnson – the event sought to give an insight to young staff in both central and local government about how the other half live. Here, they sum up ...

S**t - I've been hacked!

Created on 17 February 2014. Posted in Our blog

... it could leave them with a group of followers who actually appreciate that when things go wrong Council staff will work quickly and efficiently to put them right.   And it might hopefully leave a few ...

Reflections on #UKGC14

Created on 28 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... There are exceptions of course, but not often enough are staff encouraged to spend time together outside of the more formal workplace. It might not be for everyone, but spending some time just talking ...

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 ...

Central-Local 5: It’s good to talk

Created on 13 December 2013. Posted in Our blog

... expert speakers, including from local government, to give staff talks to provide an external perspective to their work. ·         The Local Government Association could provide a limited number of free ...

Central - Local 4: The Public Sector Transformation Network

Created on 06 December 2013. Posted in Our blog

... appreciation of the challenges that dedicated front line staff face.   There are some changes government can make to make it easier. Some recent measures have been positively received. For example, ...

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 2: Secondments

Created on 03 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... staff in the two parts of government which could have a profound effect. Despite the above belief last week we took a small detour into some of those political elements and discussed the future of the ...

Our Day

Created on 13 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

... of ‘Our Day’. However, just for completeness Our Day is a celebration of local government which asks staff working for councils up and down the country to tweet what they are doing. Promoted by the Local ...

In the grim darkness of the far future...

Created on 03 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

... have relatively few staff; being primarily custodians for the local area rather than service providers. All public services will be provided privately. It’ll be impossible to close a paddling pool or ...

Tales from the NHS

Created on 15 September 2013. Posted in Our blog

... been relying on bank staff to fill the vacancy which still my Mum was meant to have filled. As my Mum still hadn’t been given her contract by the east team she hadn’t handed in her resignation. Because ...

Internet dating for the bureaucrat

Created on 04 August 2013. Posted in Our blog

... areas that other people have tried and failed in the past but let me drop in my own little idea; speed dating for bureaucrats. The idea is that much like we sometimes encourage staff to find themselves ...

Hope over experience?!

Created on 04 August 2013. Posted in Our blog

... been reflecting on these two competing positions recently for two reasons; firstly as I reflect on my own work and career and secondly as I talk about other staff and ideas that we might want to employ ...

The Guardian Local Leaders Network respond

Created on 23 June 2013. Posted in Our blog

...  Like WLLG, we do not believe that splitting out leaders from the rest of local government staff makes any kind of sense. Our network is, indeed inclusive, and, as Gareth noted, is widening – in future, ...

The Guardian Local Government Network is no more - sort of

Created on 16 June 2013. Posted in Our blog

... out the leaders from the rest of the staff does not, in my mind, make for the best network nor reach out to the many many staff who don’t really have any other alternatives, even more so now that the k-hub ...

The challenge of complexity

Created on 22 May 2013. Posted in Our blog

... After all, every member of staff works for the council and the entire budget of that council is also under the control of the councillors to use as they see fit. In this hypothetical world change can be ...

What can Local Government learn from football

Created on 22 May 2013. Posted in Our blog

... staff member is poached. This would incentivise authorities to develop their in house talent so they could cash in on being a selling authority and the rich authorities can rip up their pay-scales to develop ...