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GET INTO THE GROOVE

Here in BDO’s Management Consulting team, I’ve recently been supporting one of my private sector clients – Cathedral Group PLC – to implement an ambitious regeneration scheme in Hayes, West London. At the heart of this mixed use development is a plan to make Hayes a centre for entrepreneurial activity. We aim to achieve this […]

APARTMENT NO. 9

Ever since I read Lynsey Hanley’s fantastic book “Estates”, I have been fascinated by the policy and political issues surrounding social housing.  As a tenant of a privately owned council flat there is perhaps an element of soul searching here as I question my own right to occupy a space originally intended for those with […]

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 […]

OUR HOUSE IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR STREET

Last week the UK economy narrowly missed slipping back into a triple dip recession causing the coalition Government to breathe a collective sigh of relief. There is currently a large onus on local authorities to stimulate growth and the Secretary of State for Local Government, Eric Pickles and Planning Minister Nick Boles are seeking to […]

Somebody else’s money?

Following on from the publication last year of our report on social investment, several of our clients are now beginning to consider whether a Social Impact Bond could be an effective way of financing innovative models of service delivery. Essex County Council is leading the way for testing Social Impact Bonds (or SIBs) in local […]

HOW WILL WELFARE REFORM AFFECT LOCAL COMMUNITIES?

Yesterday BDO Local Gov attended Res Publica’s report launch “Responsible Recovery: A social contract for local growth”. The speakers were: • Stephen Timms MP, Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions • Kate Green MP, Shadow Minister for Equalities • Jess Steele, Director of Strategy, Locality • Shiv Malik, Correspondent, The Guardian • Julian Dobson, Res Publica […]

GUEST BLOG: IT’S NOT EASY BEING GREEN

…but it’s worth it if you want to save money and do your bit for the environment. The public sector could cut 25% from heating and lighting bills with no upfront costs. So why is it doing so little to improve energy efficiency? Our little boy Marcus won’t eat green vegetables. His mother and I […]

BDOLocalGov’s response to NLGN’s “Commissioning Dialogues” report launch

Last night we tweeted our way through NLGN’s report launch “Commissioning Dialogues” by Adrain Harvey with Claire Mansfield and George McFarlane. The report examines the growing trend of commissioning and argues that dialogues between Local Authorities and their partners in the third and private sectors need to be improved for a more successful commissioning future. […]

AND I BELIEVE IN A PROMISED LAND

Yesterday I read in my local newspaper that Bradford Council is proposing to bring grounds maintenance services for parks and cemeteries, which have been outsourced for almost 20 years, back in house when the current contract expires next year. The driver for the proposal is not cost, although the Council is expecting a marginal saving, […]

GOING ON THE TOWN NOW LOOKING FOR EASY MONEY

It’s budget time again, and we’re hardly expecting the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement or the Local Government Finance settlement to be putting us in the mood to don the party hats and head out for an early Christmas celebration. There will, no doubt, be even more discussion about the need for radical review of the role […]

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