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MEETING PEOPLE IS EASY

At BDO we know that user involvement is a key part of any commissioning process or service redesign.  Nonetheless I recently had a unique experience working with patients as part of a review of an integrated care programme.  This engagement was particularly challenging as many of the patients were frail, elderly or had complex health […]

DOCTOR FEELGOOD

We’re approaching the six month milestone of Public Health officially moving back to Local Government and the launch of Health and Wellbeing Boards. Here at BDO, we’re lucky enough to have a fantastic Healthcare Advisory practice which sits alongside our Local Government team and together we have been exploring the impact of the changes to […]

APARTMENT NO. 9

Ever since I read Lynsey Hanley’s fantastic book “Estates”, I have been fascinated by the policy and political issues surrounding social housing.  As a tenant of a privately owned council flat there is perhaps an element of soul searching here as I question my own right to occupy a space originally intended for those with […]

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, […]

TURN AND FACE THE CHANGES

We are excited to be working over the next few months with three districts in the South East to develop and pilot some behaviour change interventions to encourage customers to access and receive council tax services online. The main idea is to understand the behaviour which drives customers to currently either come into the town […]

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 […]

SURPRISE, SURPRISE

Did you see the ‘Dispatches’ programme on Channel 4 last night? It was a quite astonishingly lazy, largely regurgitated, one-sided romp through the results of yet more Freedom of Information requests on Council spending. The title ‘How Councils waste your (or was it ‘our’) money’ should give you a clue that this wasn’t some critical […]

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 […]

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