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Central – Local 10: Testing the assumption

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... be. You can’t expect central government to engage with all 400ish local authorities on every policy. Instead they rely on relations with a few trusted contacts and peak organisations such as the LGA. Whether ...

Local - Central 9: Yes Minister; Yes Councillor

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... on the frontline.   Finally, there was much to be gained simply by pulling such a diverse range of people from across government and the private sector into one room. Ideas were shared, and soft networks ...

S**t - I've been hacked!

Created on 17 February 2014. Posted in Our blog

... an official account. Those incidents need to be dealt with as well, though using somewhat different tactics as was done by Walsall Council some time ago after just such an incident. They quickly identified ...

Local – Central 8: Development days

Created on 05 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... each year to keep their qualification than for those doing other ‘unstructured’ activities such as ‘work shadowing a colleague’ or ‘visiting other departments or organisations’ each of which require more ...

Local – Central 6: Trust

Created on 05 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... can feel justified in launching new guidance on issues such as regularity of bin collections (this guidance had money attached), parking in town centres and local authority magazines to name but three ...

Central-Local 5: It’s good to talk

Created on 13 December 2013. Posted in Our blog

... dialogue such as local area agreements, community budgets and ‘City deals’; while the Department for Communities and Local Government has its locality teams, replicated on a smaller scale in some other ...

Central - Local 2: Secondments

Created on 03 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... DCLG but this week we are back on programme looking at the cultural elements that impact the people who work in the two sectors. As such, this week we want to discuss secondments. I think it is fair ...

Central - Local 1a: Abolish the DCLG?

Created on 03 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

5th November 2013 Last week we started a little series of posts about how we can build better relationships between local and central government. We argued that relations and understanding between the ...

Our Day

Created on 13 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

... Government Association (LGA) and friends of the blog such as Councillor David Harrington ‘Our Day’ is an opportunity for just a few of the c1.5 million local government staff to tell their story. To take ...

Tales from a winner

Created on 13 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

... such as looking at ways to manage change in a period of significant uncertainty in Bournemouth, to the practical, such as working with the London Fire Brigade to reduce accidental fires in the home for ...

In the grim darkness of the far future...

Created on 03 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

... wealthy and others that are fairly undesirable (I’ve definitely watched too many dystopian type films). Maintaining community assets such as parks and community spaces will be the number one role of ...

Service Before Self

Created on 23 September 2013. Posted in Our blog

... earn a fair living wage.  Organisations such as the care provider she works for and the Local Authority are responsible due to available finance and terms and conditions of contract. MPs, who are familiar ...

A Busman's Holiday

Created on 04 August 2013. Posted in Our blog

... where you work. As such, I thought it would be nice to tell a few tales of local government success in and around the UK. Westward Ho! I haven’t been to Westward Ho! (the only place in the UK with ...

The challenge of complexity

Created on 22 May 2013. Posted in Our blog

... addition, we add into this mix a whole array of new service delivery models such as Local Authority Trading Companies (LATCs), trusts, mutuals and other arm’s length management structures. Some of these ...

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 ...

Working for a ‘best achieving’ council

Created on 28 April 2013. Posted in Our blog

... didn’t want to reveal ourselves in such a flagrant way.   There was another deeper reason though; we didn’t believe that people wanted to read about our personal comings and goings (we saved that tedium ...

I can't remember

Created on 24 April 2013. Posted in Our blog

... apart, but what happened instead was a talented group of youngsters took the opportunity to step up to the mark and raise their own games even higher to compensate. Where such talent exists this can work, ...