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Reflections on LocalGovCamp 2014

Created on 23 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... while, talk them through with others and coalesce them into actionable, exciting plans and inspirational thoughts. It’s relit a lot of fires, and captured the essence of what is so amazing about many of ...

8 things I learnt whilst on paternity leave

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

...  4) And concentrating on anything else is tricky I had thought that I would catch up on some box sets and stuff while I was off but it was absolutely impossible to concentrate on anything else whilst ...

Are our heads in the digital sand?

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... people thought they weren’t is a damning indictment of where local government is today. According to the report, when asked “In the last month, have you interacted with your council in the following ...

World Cup Sweepstake: Local Government Version

Created on 11 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... your team we thought we’d lay out a few recommendations for prominent local government figures: Eric Pickles MP: Italy You may not like their style of football but there is no mistaking the fact that ...

First day at my new school

Created on 10 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... any similarities or differences. I'd be fascinated to hear your own stories of first days too, either in local government or having recently left it. You can tweet some thoughts to us @welovelocalgov, ...

Local Government Strategic Leaders Forum – A WLLG field trip

Created on 09 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... Leaders Forum’ we agreed to give it a go. We’ve never done this before so we thought we should canvass a little opinion about what sort of things people would like us to do in our ‘official’ role. The ...

Sort-of-goodbye

Created on 09 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... again all things local government and sharing my thoughts and opinions, even if the only outcome of that is to start a debate as to why others may disagree with me. I may find myself drawn more towards ...

Different Votes for Different Folks

Created on 06 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... up with our thoughts being recorded for posterity. Today is one of those days, as we have the chance to discuss a subject very dear to our hearts; local elections. A paper released today (Friday 7 March ...

Central – Local 10: Testing the assumption

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... whether they agreed with the premise of the question. Surprisingly to me, most of the panel disagreed with the premise and said that, on the contrary, they thought that relations between central and local ...

Local - Central 9: Yes Minister; Yes Councillor

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... a graduate starting out on a career in public service, the Byzantine structure of UK governance can be daunting. Yet somehow we have to navigate it, and we Hertfordshire County Council grads thought we ...

Reflections on #UKGC14

Created on 28 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

I accept that it would have been useful to have written these the day after UKGovCamp, which was held this year at City Hall on 25 January. However, with a hangover of camping proportions and a house full ...

Central-Local 5: It’s good to talk

Created on 13 December 2013. Posted in Our blog

... to create ‘safe spaces’ for public servants across central and local government to get to know each other better and his piece is a thoughtful analysis of the current position and what can realistically be ...

Central - Local 1a: Abolish the DCLG?

Created on 03 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... we/I wrote and draw that conclusion misunderstands what we were trying to achieve. However, as we were quoted in the debate we thought we'd add a post about the DCLG to our planned series about central ...

Central - Local

Created on 26 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

... a lot. However, as this is a blog we thought it might be something we could usefully write a bit about and in many ways the perfect topic to do some serious thinking about. A few months ago we published ...

Our Day

Created on 13 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

... make a statement I thought it was worth laying out my thoughts on why supporting an initiative like ‘Our Day’ is worthwhile. The words ‘Our Day’ can mean two different things. In its most basic sense ...

In the grim darkness of the far future...

Created on 03 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

... than caught. These predictions - some big, some small - set out some of the things he thought the world would be like by the year 2014. Time has inexorably ticked on and whilst not all have come off ...

Internet dating for the bureaucrat

Created on 04 August 2013. Posted in Our blog

... I’ve always thought we need to do something to informally break down the silos in local government and the differences between the different sectors is surely even starker. I’m sure this is one of those ...

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 ...