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Tattoos are a choice you will need to live with

Created on 18 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... they are pretty much irreversible and something which says something about the wearer. A recent BBC article asked the question whether or not people with tattoos should be protected from anti-discrimination ...

Speed Dating and Magic Beans: Social Care in 2014.

Created on 11 August 2014. Posted in Our blog

... perfect. They do not always adapt to meet the needs of the individual. Appalling abuse, neglect and system failure has a relentless place in every Serious Case Review. When things go wrong, they go spectacularly ...

Cricket and Councils; more alike than you'd think

Created on 29 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... often quoted lines when anyone mentions cricket is “but it’s so boring!” In fact, nothing could be further from the truth; if you take a step back and look at a match rather than every second of it. Yes, ...

The worst is yet to come

Created on 28 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... moved away from the problem and moved firmly into the solutions. And yet, if anything, the cuts are now biting even harder than they ever had. This is for two reasons. Firstly, many councils have already ...

Political interference

Created on 27 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... things, the grant process to award funds to the Big Society Network was unduly pressured by Government Ministers. To quote the paper: Two senior figures on government grant awarding bodies have also ...

Showing our working out

Created on 22 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... from A to B, or more appropriately 294 to pi. The trouble is that in my head, I just do it. I don’t quite remember how I developed all of the techniques of chunking things up, rounding them up, doing ...

talkSPORT and the centralised country

Created on 16 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... to do anything much regionally at all. We don’t have regional banks, regional supermarkets, a regional health service, or much infrastructure that can be really described as regional. It even happens in ...

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 ...

Is economic growth an imperative for councils?

Created on 28 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... freeloading would last for ever) but if I learnt anything this week it is that councils have a duty to be more than just service providers. What is more, for many councils this duty is now a pressing ...

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

... company employing him have got themselves the perfect person to work with their new local government clients. Despite this definitely being a good thing for all involved (Glen, his new employer, local ...

Are our heads in the digital sand?

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... little or no importance at all? There are literally thousands of different things and measurements you could track for a typical council website, but all too often we get caught up with the basic headline ...

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

... and my last role is where the kitchen is and which report template to use. Starting anything new can feel daunting as it is a step into the unknown. Today will entail me meeting dozens of people who's ...

Local Government Strategic Leaders Forum – A WLLG field trip

Created on 09 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

10th June 2014 As readers of this blog will know we are the sort of people who will try anything once and so when we were asked to be the official media partners for the upcoming ‘Local Government Strategic ...

Ten things I know about Local Government

Created on 29 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... having ten seems the right thing to do... Things take time It’s funny how on occasions progress is lightning fast; everyone is on board, you have clear boundaries and goals and the resources to make ...

Nesta Launch Civic Exchange

Created on 28 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

If there are two things we love here at WLLG Towers they are biscuits and a well formatted spreadsheet. And if there are two other things we like as well, these are a good guest blog post and a good idea. ...