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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 […]

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, […]

HIT THE ROAD JACK

The US is often ahead of the curve on technology matters and we’ve spotted a brilliant App that empowers citizens to self serve whilst simultaneously improving service delivery. The City of Boston has released an App which allows residents to report potholes automatically when driving around the city.  When the Street Bump App is activated, […]

HOW WILL WELFARE REFORM AFFECT LOCAL COMMUNITIES?

Yesterday BDO Local Gov attended Res Publica’s report launch “Responsible Recovery: A social contract for local growth”. The speakers were: • Stephen Timms MP, Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions • Kate Green MP, Shadow Minister for Equalities • Jess Steele, Director of Strategy, Locality • Shiv Malik, Correspondent, The Guardian • Julian Dobson, Res Publica […]

GUEST BLOG: REFLECTIONS ON #CLLRCAMP

I was pleased to be part of #cllrcamp on 12th January 2013.  It was a great opportunity to share knowledge and experience and explore the potential of social media in local government with fellow councillors.  About 100 of us gathered at Facebook HQ on a Saturday, representing pretty much the full English spectrum –most political […]

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 […]

RESOLUTION TIME

As everyone is frantically planning their new year’s resolutions, I thought I’d take the opportunity to celebrate how many brilliant online community networking organisations there are across the UK.  If you’re at a loss and are looking for some (perhaps slightly London centric) ways to increase your participation in the big society next year, have […]

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 […]

STAND UP FOR YOUR (COMMUNITY) RIGHTS

The Community Rights programme empowers local communities to take on a direct stake in their local environment.  Local organisations can bid to win contracts to provide public services; take over ownership of local assets; commission much needed local buildings and influence future development by setting up a neighbourhood plan.  By putting local people into the […]

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