Faith Should the UK take a “leap of faith” and invest in the infrastructure to support a ‘Northern Powerhouse’? John Cridland, former director of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), now leading the government quango looking in to the matter, Transport for the North (TfN), believes so. In a speech delivered to a small business […]

HMRC cracking down on Councils over travel expenses for Councillors

2015 was a significant year for local government, which culminated in the Spending Review and Autumn Statement in November. Below, we examine some of the issues which are likely to be at the front and centre of debate in 2016. Devolution Devolution was a focus for local government in 2015. 38 devolution bids were submitted […]

Today, the Public Sector Consulting team at BDO released its Local Government social media report, Whats-appening in #LocalGov Social Media. The last few years has seen a large uptake in the use of social media by councils and it is now part of the daily workings in many local authorities.   This year we are […]

Today the Chancellor of the Exchequer set out his spending plans for the next four years in the Spending Review. Key announcements included: Central government funding of local government will fall from £11 billion in 2015/16 to £5.4 billion in 2019/20. To compensate, locally raised funding (primarily through Council Tax and Business Rates) is expected […]

The BDO Local Government Social Media Survey 2015 has now gone live! Our annual survey is in its fourth year reinforcing  our position as thought leaders for social media usage across local government in the UK. This year we will be exploring the linkages between senior leadership buy-in and effective organisational uptake of social media, […]

If you haven’t seen today’s Daily Telegraph (1 June) I would encourage you to track one down and read the front page article on the use of agency staff in the NHS. The article descends into some slightly cheap journalism describing the nice houses that the bosses of the companies providing agency staff live in (I […]

Local government is a key issue in today’s General Election. The sector continues to face cost pressures, and so it is essential for councils to innovate in order to be sustainable. To that end, it is tempting to only look for innovation and good practice from the usual suspects. This means that councils sometimes miss […]

The state-centric philosophy at the heart of GDS is driving risk, says Jack Perschke, Head of Central Government Consulting at BDO, following the publication of the BDO Government Digital Service report 2015. The Government Digital Service (GDS) has been to government’s massive systems integrators what Alexander’s sword was to the Gordian Knot, but now their […]

This blog originally appeared in the Municipal Journal, here. The use of social media is increasing at a phenomenal rate. Many commercial businesses have quickly seen the benefits of engaging with customers through social media channels and local government is no different. Over the last three years, we’ve been tracking the social media journey of […]


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