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CHRISTMAS IS COMING

Here in the BDO Local Gov offices we are getting excited for Christmas and what better way is there to spread the Christmas joy, than to think about what the future of local government holds in 2014? Based on this exciting premise, we will be releasing a series of micro blogs over the coming weeks […]

THE PRICE YOU PAY

Starbucks decided that Christmas started this week, Boots were playing Christmas songs when I went in at the weekend, and I sit here in Leeds today on a lovely sunny day noting that the Christmas lights are to be switched on this evening. So, if it’s Christmas, it must be time for another bonkers guide […]

THE FINAL COUNTDOWN

The furore around Ministerial reshuffles has all but disappeared which surely provides our new Ministers with some much needed space to start thinking about setting their agendas for the duration of this political term.  DCLG in particular have seen some considerable turnover with the departure of Housing Minister Mark Prisk, Communities Minister Don Foster and […]

ALL THIS AGGRAVATION AINT SATISFACTIONING ME

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, […]

LEAN ON ME

We knew there wasn’t going to be much good news for local government in today’s Spending Review, and sadly, this has proved to be true. According to the Chancellor, the Secretary of State is “a model of lean government” who “has set an example to all his colleagues in reducing the size of his department […]

IT’S ONLY WORDS, AND WORDS ARE ALL I HAVE

There are very few days of my working life when I don’t find myself in the middle of a conversation far too similar to this Thick Of It sketch about the ‘quiet bat people’. This very week, a Head of Service asked that I changed some innocent wording in a report because he felt some […]

SO, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN TELL, HEAVEN FROM HELL?

Yesterday I spent some time thinking about the projects that I worked on back in the days when we were still getting excited about Gershon efficiency, and the idea of 30% budget reductions across the board would still have been a hilarious joke in the mineral water stocked meeting room. It struck me that on […]

HE’S MAKING A LIST, HE’S CHECKING IT TWICE

It’s that time of year. Those of us of a certain age will remember the anticipation and then the excitement of learning which tracks had made it to the top of John Peel’s ‘Festive Fifty’. Newspapers, magazines and TV channels will be full of the ‘top 10 Christmas gifts for that troublesome aunt’ or the […]

COLD COMFORT FROM THE AUTUMN STATEMENT

As may be apt for an autumn statement, the announcements today from the Chancellor show no let up in the freeze on local government funding, and there is an even frostier outlook for the years ahead. If you’ll forgive the terrible metaphor, here are some of the key points from today’s statement. Firstly, in terms of […]

AND I BELIEVE IN A PROMISED LAND

Yesterday I read in my local newspaper that Bradford Council is proposing to bring grounds maintenance services for parks and cemeteries, which have been outsourced for almost 20 years, back in house when the current contract expires next year. The driver for the proposal is not cost, although the Council is expecting a marginal saving, […]

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