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Can’t buy me (well, consultants) love

Consultants are used to getting flack, it comes with the territory, but today I read an article which I thought was unduly negative about the role that consultants can play in public sector reform. This article highlighted the appointment of Paul Rogers, a managing partner of US firm Bain & Company, to the Department for […]

KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE PRIZE

Hands up those of you who are aware of your Authority’s new obligations under the Social Value Act, which came into force on 1st January. Keep those hands up if you’ve seen (and read) the Cabinet Office’s guidance note on the Act, which was published at the end of December. From the various conversations we […]

SKILLS TO PAY THE BILLS

This week Norfolk County Council announced that their Chief Executive, David White, will be standing aside in April 2013 to make space for a successor with the different skill sets needed to fulfil the Council’s corporate plan.  This change in the Council’s most senior management appears quite amicable and has been described by Mr White […]

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, […]

ARE PENSION FUNDS THE ANSWER?

Here’s the dilemma.  You’re in government and the economy is flagging.  You need to invest in infrastructure.  For that you need to borrow long term.  Banks stopped doing that a few years ago.  The only insurance company that was providing similar loans (Aviva) has just hit its FSA –imposed limit for unsecured loans. Who else […]

THIS TRAIN CARRIES LOSERS AND WINNERS

Whether you like Richard Branson or not, and as someone who fondly remembers Tubular Bells and his Virgin mail order ads in NME from when I was growing up, I have to admit that I, like all of us who work in local government, should be very grateful to him this week. Had it not […]

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