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talkSPORT and the centralised country

Created on 16 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... fivelive) and as far as I am aware if you don’t have a digital radio the station is still marooned on medium wave. However, the more I thought about it the more this makes sense. In many other countries ...

LGA Conference 2014

Created on 11 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... floor for questions he still didn’t look like he was in anything other than bland broadcast mode, trotting out stats and lines which rarely if ever came close to answering questions whilst cracking jokes ...

Is economic growth an imperative for councils?

Created on 28 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... growth was being driven by a small group of managers. The vast majority of staff were, as far as I could tell, still working on delivering the services they always had (although obviously this number was ...

Reflections on LocalGovCamp 2014

Created on 23 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... of course. Also, no matter how good the tools, there is still far too much needed around changing the culture of openness, transparency and honesty. Despite what we will all say to the contrary, none ...

The local government brain drain

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... have left and are still working alongside the sector have a real public service ethos and are not purely, as far as I can tell, money motivated. However, there are areas where freelancing or the private ...

Are our heads in the digital sand?

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... “when we asked the public the same question, only 29% agreed… Clearly, local authorities still have some way to go when it comes to meeting the digital expectations of the public.” 29%, as opposed to ...

World Cup Sweepstake: Local Government Version

Created on 11 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... blueprint; tipped for future good things whilst stepping up to the big stage. UKIP Councillors: Chile Still haven’t won anything but have the potential to really mess it up for one of the other ‘bigger’ ...

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

... blazing any trails. There is still a long way to go, not least in unpicking what is often over a decade of badly procured and random systems which refuse to talk to each other or even display a common ...

Nesta Launch Civic Exchange

Created on 28 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... than differences in the challenges faced by local governments but we still see lots of reinventing of the wheel when it comes to digital services, rather than scaling and improving on great ideas. Therefore, ...

Sort-of-goodbye

Created on 09 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... sector because, despite me sort-of-moving out of it I still firmly believe in it and the work local government does. This will be from as informed a position as possible, and will open up the opportunity ...

Local – Central: Time to sum up

Created on 16 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... together I think we can all agree that there is still massive room for improvement. The more we think about this the more we think that some of this might be cultural rather than specifically structural. ...

Different Votes for Different Folks

Created on 06 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... what? It works. I trust the system and use it constantly. Some don't, and these people are still able to go into the bank if they need to, but more and more people are using the more modern tools for the ...

Central – Local 10: Testing the assumption

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... been an assumption, which we still stand by, that relations between central and local government are less than optimum. Indeed, we believe them to be downright broken. However, what if this is not the ...

S**t - I've been hacked!

Created on 17 February 2014. Posted in Our blog

... door and closed windows can still be broken into, the idea is that it deters the casual burglar; the same goes with digital security. So where does this leave us? For me it left me with a longer and ...

Central – Local 2a: The LGA lays out its priorities

Created on 23 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... their members benefitted from the Government’s peculiar prioritisation. And yet, I still find the inconsistency hard to swallow. If we’re going to talk about money following needs then we should really ...

Central - Local 1a: Abolish the DCLG?

Created on 03 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... Yes. Do either of those models guarantee better central - local relations? Probably not. We argued last week that the barriers between the two are probably more cultural than structural and we still ...