Tag Archives: policy

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 […]

DON’T SHOOT THE ACCOUNTANT

Over the past few months I’ve been approached by a number of people with the same question.  “[insert your local authority] are desperate for social housing.  We’ve got the site / money / expertise to deliver it, but the authority can’t do it because it would be on their balance sheet. I’ve got a great […]

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 […]

LET YOUR MIND GO, LET YOURSELF BE FREE

The BDO 2013 social media survey demonstrates the popularity of social media policies within local authorities.  As many as 70% of our survey respondents report that their authority has put in place “standards/guidelines for using social media for corporate use”. Social media policies are primarily designed to support internal council staff to ensure their online […]

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 […]

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