Local government is a key issue in today’s General Election. The sector continues to face cost pressures, and so it is essential for councils to innovate in order to be sustainable. To that end, it is tempting to only look for innovation and good practice from the usual suspects. This means that councils sometimes miss […]

The state-centric philosophy at the heart of GDS is driving risk, says Jack Perschke, Head of Central Government Consulting at BDO, following the publication of the BDO Government Digital Service report 2015. The Government Digital Service (GDS) has been to government’s massive systems integrators what Alexander’s sword was to the Gordian Knot, but now their […]

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 […]

When 50% of Adult Social Care Directors suggest current delivery models will lead to service shortages and financial difficulty, then the sector is clearly ripe for change. Couple this with the fact that the population aged 85 or above is set to double over the next 20 years, and the scale of the challenge is […]

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 […]

BDO Local Gov will shortly be launching our annual survey of how local authorities use social media. Back by popular demand, the Local Government Social Media Survey 2014 is celebrating its third year by going global. This year we’ll be joining forces with our colleagues in New Zealand to find out what our two nations […]


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