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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 […]


Our Education colleague James considers how public sector policy makers can benefit from the theory behind lean tech start-ups: I’m working on a really exciting project with the Greater London Authority and property developers Cathedral Group PLC, aiming to establish the world’s leading centre for digital manufacturing start-ups in West London. As a result, I’ve […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]

Winds of change…

Earlier this week I attended a Council’s Corporate Management Team meeting. They were grappling with the thorny issue of leadership of change, and we discussed several challenges and approaches which are relevant beyond this particular council to many others. None are particularly new but they are as important as ever in this era of continuous […]

Can’t buy me (well, consultants) love

Consultants are used to getting flack, it comes with the territory, but today I read an article which I thought was unduly negative about the role that consultants can play in public sector reform. This article highlighted the appointment of Paul Rogers, a managing partner of US firm Bain & Company, to the Department for […]


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