Author Archives: bdolocalgov


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 […]

(Don’t) Take the Money and Run

HMRC cracking down on Councils over travel expenses for Councillors

The Changing Man

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 […]

I Need a Dollar

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 […]

Follow the Leader

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 […]


Thoughts, reflections and ruminations from the BDOlocalgov team. We don't always agree with each other. We'd love to hear what you think.


Part of the Public Health Family

An International company that offers private antique art sales to clients around the globe.

Parenting And Stuff

Not a "how to be a great parent" blog

Government Digital Service

Putting the public first in delivering digital public services


Welcome to Shropshire Council's Graduate blog!

Random thoughts from a human being

The only thing I've consistently said is that I'm inconsistent.


A blog about all things musical, and a little more besides...


Photographs from my world.

Bucket List Publications

Indulge- Travel, Adventure, & New Experiences


Mainly eating and drinking my way through London. Sometimes spontaneously. Sometimes with a spreadsheet of options mapped to occasion, season, acquaintance and mood.


A blog about work (#localgov), learning, family, friends, Shropshire, cake and things that are going on at Bentham Towers HQ.

Jon King

Musings from the world of public sector transformation - my views alone

Comms Creatives: training for PR and marketing professionals

Think like a creative, plan like a strategist

Unsafe Spaces

Highlighting abuse and safeguarding issues in psychological therapies. Campaigning for stronger regulation in counselling and psychotherapy.

a day without OJ - A comms, digital & PR blog by Ross Wigham

"A day without orange juice is a helluva long day."

Stuart Mackintosh

Communications / PR / Marketing / Journalism / Family

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