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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 […]

GOD REST YE MERRY GENTLEMEN

2014: The year of further cuts 2014 will be the year where local government ramps up its response to the ongoing financial challenge and become increasingly confident and vocal in its dealings with central government. Despite the pressure and scale of changes still to come, I sense a quiet optimism and steely determination overtaking the […]

Event: The State of Local Government 2014

BDO and ComRes would be delighted if you could join them along with senior officers, councillors and partners at an upcoming event to discuss the findings of our wide-ranging survey on ‘The State of Local Government’.  The event will take place on 11th February 2014 at BDO, 55 Baker Street, London W1U 7EU. At the […]

ON THE TENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS

The second in BDO Local Gov’s series of Christmas micro blogs comes from our Partner, Andy Mahon. 2014: The year of opportunity 2014 will see a landscape of real opportunity for local government.  Some of the current budget gaps are so great that almost nothing will be off the table.  Re-defining the role of local […]

Sustained connections

I attended an event last night on the subject of networking, organised by the Young MCA (Management Consultancies Association) which energised me so much that I had to blog about it! Not only do I believe this topic is crucial to everyone’s personal and career development, it’s also an area that is incredibly relevant and […]

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 […]

Health and Happiness

While on my commute home recently, I was fascinated to learn of a new social movement on the rise: the Quantified Self (QS). Originally from California, it’s also known as ‘life-logging’ – a trend where individuals collect and analyse data about their physical or mental state using mobile technology. In contrast to those who worry […]

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