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ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU

2014: The year of new partnerships 2014 will be the year where we redefine what local service provision means to us.  As councils move away from providing non statutory services and we see an increased variety of private and 3rd sector partners based across the UK delivering our services, we need to consider what is […]

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 […]

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 […]

TALK TO ME, TELL ME YOUR NAME

“there was more publicity on digital switchover to make sure the nation did not lose any episodes of Coronation Street than for the changes to welfare reform” As I read through the (excellent) select committee report on the impact on local authorities of the implementation of the welfare reforms last night, it was the above […]

BILLS, BILLS, BILLS

Today the Communities and Local Government Select Committee has published a report on the implementation of welfare reform by local authorities. The committee received 52 written evidence submissions, held three oral evidence sessions and has produced 31 conclusions and recommendations. You can read the full report here but in the meantime here’s our summary of […]

FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS

The Government’s planned welfare reforms come into force in April this year.  To help outline the impact on local authorities we’ve put together a short briefing.  Overall there will be changes to the following benefits: Universal Credit – Universal Credit will be phased in between April 2013 and 2017.  It will become the main means-tested  benefit for […]

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 […]

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING?

Returning to work on Thursday I was initially quite reluctant to walk through the front door. Not because I was still revelling from the Christmas and New Year breaks, but because I was listening to Melvyn Bragg’s rather good In Our Time show and I was about to lose my mobile signal. Yesterday’s show was […]

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