Tag Archives: sector

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, […]

AND THE SURVEY SAYS

Today the brilliant 2013 BDO Local Government survey has gone live! We’re looking for all public sector, third sector and social enterprises who have any sort of opinion on social media to take part.  You don’t need to use social media every day or even like it!  With trends changing fast in the digital world […]

EDUCATING THE PEOPLE

Last weekend, I had a familiar social encounter with a friend of a friend. As is usual when you meet someone for the first time, after a while I was asked what I did and with the mention of local authorities I braced myself for the almost replicable word-for-word exchange that I have had many […]

GUEST BLOG: IT’S NOT EASY BEING GREEN

…but it’s worth it if you want to save money and do your bit for the environment. The public sector could cut 25% from heating and lighting bills with no upfront costs. So why is it doing so little to improve energy efficiency? Our little boy Marcus won’t eat green vegetables. His mother and I […]

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 […]

I’LL TAKE CARE OF YOU

My mum once told me that the day (long ago, sorry mum!) she decided not to be a social worker any longer, was when a quirk in policy and process at her council meant that a highly distressed mother and vulnerable child clearly in need of help came through the door, and her main concern […]

SO WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?

This week figures were released for the Work Programme, the best known outcomes based commissioning programme in the UK. It has widely been reported that these figures represent failure. In the thirteen months between June 2011 and July 2012 a total of 837,000 people were referred to the programme. Of these, providers have achieved “successful […]

THOUGHTS OF A NOT-SO-NEW STARTER

Yesterday I attended my corporate induction here at BDO. To be honest, I was a little bit apprehensive and wondered how relevant the induction to an accountancy firm would be to somebody who works with local government. I’m pleased to report my fears were unfounded. Yes, the discussion of accounting practices and reporting techniques was […]

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