Tag Archives: local government

Around the World

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 […]

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 […]

SCHOOLS OUT FOR SUMMER

The educational landscape in England is seeing its greatest period of change in a generation, which is having a profound effect on the relationship between schools and local authorities. The BDO local government team is passionate about supporting councils to embrace and adapt to this new landscape.  In order to provide cutting edge intelligence on […]

PRESS RELEASE: Behavioural economics’ success achieved in pilot scheme for Kent Councils

The BDO Local Gov team recently carried out a successful behaviour change pilot with three councils in Kent using “nudge” techniques to influence customer behaviour and manage demand for council tax services. We supported the Kent Customer Services Group to carry out a three month pilot, which used insights from behavioural economics to promote online services which […]

Freedom

The Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) published its Condition of Britain report last week. Whilst benefit reforms proposed by the Labour Party as a result of the review have grabbed the media’s attention, it’s the section on ‘persistent centralisation of power and responsibility’ that has piqued our interest. What is the state of financial […]

The Sharing Song

At BDO we’re passionate about the potential for integrated services to improve quality and make savings. Yesterday we attended a dialogue session on the future of sharing outcomes, budgets and risks, hosted by the New Local Government Network (NLGN), the CBI, and Pinnacle PSG. We’ve blogged previously on the barriers to integrating services at a […]

Better Together

A roll out of service integration on the scale envisaged by the Whole Place Community Budgets programme could save up to £7.9 billion. Yet the pace of integration between councils and their partners has been sluggish. With a recent LGA survey suggesting councils have reached the “end of the road” in finding efficiencies, what steps […]

GUEST BLOG: GETTING BETTER ALL THE TIME

The Better Care Fund is a pooled fund that will be issued to CCGs and Local Councils. It is money which must be spent on implementing integrated health and social care and the tagline is that it will provide an opportunity to transform local services whilst providing people with better integrated care and support. I […]

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 […]

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