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BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIGGER CITY

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 […]

GOTTA SERVE SOMEBODY

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 […]

Freedom

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 […]

SCHOOL SPIRIT

I’ve written before about the plight of local authorities’ services for schools. On the one hand, financial cuts are encouraging the retrenchment of discretionary services, and many local authorities are looking to reduce non-core support for schools.  On the other hand, discretionary services offer the possibility of income generation to offset the cuts. The continuing […]

MONEY (THAT’S WHAT I WANT)

As the post-Christmas January haze begins to clear, the number of stories in the local government trade press about council tax increases are becoming more and more visible.  This week alone, we have been reading about political turmoil in Brighton as the Labour and Conservative groups oppose the Green party’s proposal to hold a council […]

IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS

2014: a year of increasing polarisation across local government? Local government is already a diverse collection of Councils of different size, locality and financial standing, but in 2014 I think this diversity will intensify. As ongoing service reviews continue to reshape council structures, alternative providers and delivery models will expand into new service areas. Given […]

BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE

2014: The Year of the Spin Out Company There has been an increase in recent years in the number of spin-outs from Councils. Trading Companies, mutuals and social enterprises all have increased in number across the country, and we know of many authorities who are actively considering further expansion of these models. Whilst there are […]

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