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Are our heads in the digital sand?

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... 61% and 75%. I’m no statistician, but that’s quite some difference. In some ways it doesn’t matter who is right or who is wrong, and whether or not the services actually exist; the fact that over 7/10 ...

World Cup Sweepstake: Local Government Version

Created on 11 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... people are questioning whether they can live up to their previous success; perhaps unlikely but that’s still a pretty damn good team (oops; that was a bit sycophantic; I’m obviously getting ready to be ...

Ten things I know about Local Government

Created on 29 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... of boards, groups, committees and management teams. Residents rarely grasp the complexities of things (and some would ask whether they even should have to), which often leads to a sense that the council ...

Local – Central: Time to sum up

Created on 16 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... on the idea that by understanding the barriers and then proposing some modest ideas for how these could be overcome we could contribute to a debate that needs greater prominence. Whether we have achieved ...

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 ...

The death of policy?

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... replied saying: ‘depends what you call policy. To me it’s as much relationships, evaluating, innovating as process and docs.’ I tend to side with Ann but wonder whether the difference between Dom’s ...

S**t - I've been hacked!

Created on 17 February 2014. Posted in Our blog

... over whether using a 12 or 15 character cryptographic hash function to generate a salted password is enough is beyond me – I barely understand that very sentence, nor know whether it is correct – but the ...

Reflections on #UKGC14

Created on 28 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... these approaches. Everyone simply took it all in their strides and focussed on making sure that lasting connections were made one way or another; truly, technology (whether electronic or traditional) was ...

Local – Central 8: Development days

Created on 05 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... in this series and would welcome more guest posts to contribute to the debate whether you think we are right and have some ideas to contribute or believe we need to change course totally. Either way please ...

Local – Central 6: Trust

Created on 05 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... to the debate whether you think we are right and have some ideas to contribute or believe we need to change course totally. Either way please just drop us a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ...

Central-Local 5: It’s good to talk

Created on 13 December 2013. Posted in Our blog

... but other specialists whether in finance, ICT or communications etc. Collaborating not only on the day to day business of government but also to provide opportunities for the more informal contact. This ...

Local – Central 3: Sharing the policy making process

Created on 23 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... sure that whether it is housing regulations, pension rules, grant settlement formulas, complex reforms to social care or any number of other things the design and policy making could be done in real partnership ...

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 ...

Service Before Self

Created on 23 September 2013. Posted in Our blog

... are hundreds of stories like Rachel’s and the people she cares for that I don’t even know about. I constantly ask myself whether my work matters anywhere near as much as hers and feel shame that she doesn’t ...

Who comments?

Created on 25 August 2013. Posted in Our blog

12th September 2013 Say what you like about local government officers but some of them are extremely well trained professionals. They are therefore likely to be well placed to comment on all sorts ...

Internet dating for the bureaucrat

Created on 04 August 2013. Posted in Our blog

... in the interests of their own public services. This is great, and a real improvement on how many of these public service relationships have existed in the past. However, I wonder whether there is a need ...

Hope over experience?!

Created on 04 August 2013. Posted in Our blog

... or deploy. The odd thing is that my answer seems to change depending on whether I’m thinking about my own career or thinking about other people’s careers and ideas. Let’s start with my career; I am aware ...

What can Local Government learn from football

Created on 22 May 2013. Posted in Our blog

... which are renewed years in advance. The less effective staff get that annual meeting with the ‘Gaffer’ to see whether there are going to be on the retained list – finally an appraisal with teeth! Transfer ...