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LGA Conference 2014

Created on 11 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... really exciting things, thinking bigger than ever before and talking about how they would actually get things done rather than necessarily who they needed to ask for permission. The session on income generation ...

Reflections on LocalGovCamp 2014

Created on 23 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... number (and quality) of the posts, along with the thinking behind them. LocalGovCamp seems to have enabled people to reach out towards concepts and ideas which have been tantalisingly intangible for a ...

8 things I learnt whilst on paternity leave

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... care really is a woman's world With (good?) reason nearly everything in the world of baby-care is dominated by women. I think I knew this when I took my time off but the extent of it did surprise me ...

The local government brain drain

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... government as a whole) I can’t help but think that this is, in some ways, emblematic of a wider trend in local government where many of the best young people end up leaving. As @paulhayes01 noted on ...

Are our heads in the digital sand?

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... at Councillor and Officer levels and what the public thinks is possibly the most worrying of the statistics. If you read this report with no wider awareness you might end up thinking that councils are ...

Ten things I know about Local Government

Created on 29 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... and I get to ask them what they think we do. Usually they are able to name potholes, rubbish collection, street lights and maybe youth clubs, but none get anywhere near the breadth of work the average ...

Nesta Launch Civic Exchange

Created on 28 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... our own thinking caps on to see how we can contribute to this, so be sure to do that too. Introducing Civic Exchange Here at Nesta, we’ve launched Civic Exchange to help improve public services by ...

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. ...

Taking Paternity Leave

Created on 16 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... have an element of trepidation. Although I like to think that I done my fair share of child care duties since our son was born I am self-aware enough to recognise that my wife has definitely been in charge. ...

Different Votes for Different Folks

Created on 06 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... which sings out to me; in fact, I think the report could go even further. It highlights the fact that information pre and post elections is sporadic at best, non-existent at worst, and that there is no ...

The death of policy?

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... did policy (the implication being that local government wasn’t quite as good). Thinking that this disparity was only going to grow as the teams that do policy are reduced I tweeted it out. We got a couple ...

S**t - I've been hacked!

Created on 17 February 2014. Posted in Our blog

... people with plans to think through how they might respond should this happen to them.  ...

Reflections on #UKGC14

Created on 28 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... interesting work I pitched a session to discuss something I’m interested in thinking through a little and feared I’d be sitting in a room with one or two others for twenty minutes before deciding to ...

Local – Central 8: Development days

Created on 05 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... come and work alongside us in local government for two weeks. I think they worked in social care policy and therefore frontline social care experience, or at least understanding how it works in local government, ...

Local – Central 6: Trust

Created on 05 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... months before a general election, is just the time to start.   What do you think? We welcome feedback on this and all the other posts in this series and would welcome more guest posts to contribute ...

Central-Local 5: It’s good to talk

Created on 13 December 2013. Posted in Our blog

... their memberships to embrace the other. ·         Think Tanks could renew their efforts to bring both central and local government officials together through their work. ·         Whitehall departments ...