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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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Message in a Bottle

This blog originally appeared in the Municipal Journal, here. The use of social media is increasing at a phenomenal rate. Many commercial businesses have quickly seen the benefits of engaging with customers through social media channels and local government is no different. Over the last three years, we’ve been tracking the social media journey of […]


Local government commissioners and procurement professionals have had to adhere to the Social Value Act since it came into force in January 2013. The BDO Local Gov and Not for Profit team are researching the impact of the Act to see what changes have occurred and whether we can start to measure any benefits. Please take a few […]


The BDO Local Government Social Media Survey 2014 is now live! Our annual survey is now in its third year and is fast becoming the benchmark for social media usage across local government in the UK. This year we’ve teamed up with our colleagues at BDO New Zealand to identify best practice both at home and […]


Having been an intern in BDO Management Consulting for just a week, I was given the opportunity to attend my first event alongside two members of the Government Services team. The focus of The Whitehall & Industry Group (WIG) event was a scheme by London Ventures called ‘Innovation in Delivery Series: Improving Public Services’. The […]


At BDO we’re passionate about working with councils to help them deliver great customer service. So we were delighted to attend the launch of a new report from the Institute of Customer Service, ‘Citizens and Customers: Further building the case for customer service in the public sector’, earlier this week. The report raised some interesting […]


The Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) published its Condition of Britain report last week. Whilst benefit reforms proposed by the Labour Party as a result of the review have grabbed the media’s attention, it’s the section on ‘persistent centralisation of power and responsibility’ that has piqued our interest. What is the state of financial […]


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


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