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For the past few weeks, we’ve been working with two councils and their partners (fire, police, NHS, third sector, universities etc) in the region, looking at opportunities to increase collaboration between the two areas, saving money and improving outcomes for residents along the way. As anyone who was involved in the Total Place initiative will […]


Last week, I was delighted to find out I had been voted as this year’s Guardian Local Government Future Leader. For those who have, up to now, managed to avoid my tweets and blogs on the subject, the selection process involved a nomination (from my boss), a short listing process (by the Guardian’s editorial panel) […]

Nothing else matters

Over the last couple of weeks we have been working with a unitary authority to help to identify ways savings can be made in services providing housing-related support to vulnerable people. These services are expecting a 10% cut in funding next year, and up to 20% over the next 3 years. That’s a staggering amount […]


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 […]


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 […]


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