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Reflections on LocalGovCamp 2014

Created on 23 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... class/middle class/working class sketch, replacing upper class with the voluntary and community sector (“I am made up of the people who really care, who are motivated by higher ideals than money and who ...

The local government brain drain

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

17th June 2014 This blog’s co-author Glen has left local government and taken up a cool job working with a digital company who work alongside local authorities. Its great opportunity for Glen and the ...

First day at my new school

Created on 10 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... tiring. It'll also be fascinating. Besides a few years very early on in my working life when I worked for Army 'n' Navy, I've never spent any time in a modern workplace in the private sector. Don't get ...

Ten things I know about Local Government

Created on 29 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... councils put their Members at the front, or are simply forced to by proactive Councillors working their socks off to get involved anywhere and everywhere they may be able to make a positive difference. ...

Sort-of-goodbye

Created on 09 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... to deliver services to local government and needed someone with a working knowledge of digital along with the same for local government. Voila! Technically speaking, it means I will for the first time ...

Local – Central: Time to sum up

Created on 16 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... or local government to do anything on their own is constrained and limited. Only by better working together can the two parts of our democratic structure ensure that the outcomes demanded by the people ...

Central – Local 10: Testing the assumption

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... government were good. What’s more they were of the opinion that there was actually a lot of movement between the two sectors. Now, a panel speaking at an event about working in local and central government ...

Local - Central 9: Yes Minister; Yes Councillor

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... with experience working in the Civil Service and in the NHS on secondment. They offered intriguing reflections, which have given us all food for thought. The strengths offered by the Civil Service ...

Reflections on #UKGC14

Created on 28 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... blogging discussions has changed somewhat. Is this because we’ve all moved on to something new? Is it because we are working more closed off than we were? Is it because people simply got out of the habit ...

Local – Central 6: Trust

Created on 05 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... is serious and help them achieve their aims by working together. Taken together, this is a call for something hard to define and even harder to deliver; trust. Central government needs to trust local ...

Central-Local 5: It’s good to talk

Created on 13 December 2013. Posted in Our blog

... management) and working practices (e.g. policy development) as well as common public policy goals and challenges such as the ageing population. So why doesn’t face to face engagement happen more often? ...

Central - Local 2: Secondments

Created on 03 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... a shame. We learn a lot by osmosis and working alongside people from different areas would undoubtedly rub off on us and promote understanding between the sectors. It would also be good experience for ...

Central - Local 1a: Abolish the DCLG?

Created on 03 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... by the people working in and around the two sectors. If this discussion proves nothing else it is that the debate about relations between local and central is a live one that could do with a bit of thinking ...

Central - Local

Created on 26 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

... it is clear to us here at WLLG that there is a recognition that we need to foster a closer working relationship between the two sectors. And yet despite this recognition and general commitment to make ...

Our Day

Created on 13 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

... of ‘Our Day’. However, just for completeness Our Day is a celebration of local government which asks staff working for councils up and down the country to tweet what they are doing. Promoted by the Local ...

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

... will be done with a working virtual contact centre. Brent are just a few years ahead of their time. Local authorities will face a huge challenge around supporting employment as more and more jobs are ...

Service Before Self

Created on 23 September 2013. Posted in Our blog

... agency and mainly supports people with significant dementia in their homes. She is compassionate, sensitive, incredibly hard working and skint. In the winter she can’t afford to fill her oil tank. She ...

Tales from the NHS

Created on 15 September 2013. Posted in Our blog

19th September 2013 My mother is an occupational therapist working in the National Health Service. She is everything you would expect from someone working in the NHS; committed, passionate about the ...