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I TALK THE WAY I WANT TO TALK

As kids we all will have felt the pain of being left out of a conversation because we weren’t up to speed on the latest TV programme or whatever. Almost half a century on, I still vividly remember when, for a period, cars became the main talking point in the school playground. My family didn’t […]

ALL THIS AGGRAVATION AINT SATISFACTIONING ME

Working closely with local government as I do, I had to come to terms a long time ago with the acute (and sometimes frustrating) impact that public opinion can have on policy making. The big areas of responsibility for local authorities are those which can spark the most emotional and personal community responses – schools, […]

The winner takes it all…?

Last week I attended an event hosted by Reform, where Clive Maxwell, Chief Executive of the Office of Fair Trading, was talking about competition in public services. I found it surprising that there was no debate about whether competition in public services is the right thing or not – there was a lot of consensus […]

Schools Out?

Schools. What to do about schools? Or, more specifically, sold services for schools. Amidst all the other changes going on at the moment, the eclectic bunch of services that authorities trade with schools probably isn’t a Council’s top priority. That’s not helped by the fact that these services are often hidden away as bits and […]

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TODAY TO MAKE YOU FEEL PROUD?

A couple of weeks ago at the second Young and in Gov event (which Rebecca Cox from the LGA captured brilliantly in her recent blog), we asked everyone in the room to write down something they had achieved in their local government role recently. The idea was that, in a room of peers, we would […]

GUEST BLOG: IS PUBLIC HEALTH COMING HOME?

Today, after months of integration, public health officially becomes the responsibility of local government once again. Many of those working in local government see this as “public health coming back home.”  To understand the weight behind this statement it is important to question why public health moved from its ‘home’ originally. To understand this question […]

AIN’T WHAT YOU DO

In the past few weeks MPs have been criticizing the seemingly slow progress of the Work Programme, and laying some of the blame at the door of its Payment by Results model. Margaret Hodge, Chairwoman of the Public Accounts Committee has said that the mechanisms which were supposed to prevent providers from concentrating on the […]

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