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The Signal and the Noise

March 12, 2015 by Jonathan Carr-West

Child sexual exploitation revelations over the last few weeks have been truly horrific and should give pause to all of us involved in public services.

Jigsaw, puzzle

Connected Localism

June 19, 2013 by Jonathan Carr-West

Connected Localism, a new collection of essays published by LGiU today argues for radical public service transformation through networks of local innovation.

Key in hand

Open Public Services and the Voluntary Sector

November 22, 2012 by Jane Sankarayya

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations together with a number of partner organisations have published a collection of think pieces and case studies sharing the voluntary sector’s experiences of the Open Public Services agenda, writes Mark Upton.

Measuring National Well-being

September 19, 2012

This briefing brings local authorities up to date on the Measuring National Well-being Programme. It introduces the early thematic reports and highlights those of immediate interest to local authorities. * This four year programme aims to measure the nation’s well-being, using subjective and objective data, and accessible to local authority…

New approaches in an age of massive demographic change

January 10, 2012 by Andy Sawford

Towards the end of last year, I spent some time travelling around the country meeting council leaders and chief executives to find out about new approaches in an age of massive demographic change. In the next few months, working jointly with Age UK, I will be publishing a review of…

Take a risk and reap a reward

January 5, 2012 by Lauren Lucas

A report by the LGiU and Zurich Municipal (pdf) published late last year found that councils are increasingly concerned about their management of risk. In a national survey undertaken with over 90 councils, 50 per cent of respondents described their organisations as ‘risk averse’. You might say that a certain…

Only 5% of the population blames their local authority for cuts

November 17, 2011 by Rob Dale

Over on the Guardian’s Local Government Network, Alex Aiken has just published his top 10 tips for how to run a successful communication strategy in local government. One thing he says is that councils “need to understand how their reputation really stands in their community”. This reminded me of the…

Is risk avoidance the biggest risk of all?

November 1, 2011 by Jonathan Carr-West

This article was first published on the Guardian’s Local Government Network. Mathematicians distinguish between uncertainty – which is unknowable and immeasurable – and risk, which can be calculated and managed. Local government faces a great deal of both: the toughest financial settlement for a generation; a rapidly changing policy environment;…

BBC News 24 coverage of LGiU’s Supporting People report

October 31, 2011 by Lauren Lucas

BBC coverage of LGiU’s Supporting People report from Rob Dale on Vimeo. New research published by the LGiU has found that almost 9 out of 10 local authorities say that cuts to housing support ‘will put vulnerable people at risk’ and ‘will create more costs elsewhere in the system’. But…

Localism and Austerity – One year on

October 28, 2011 by Andy Sawford

In these challenging times I had not expected ‘optimism’ to emerge as the main theme of our Localism and Austerity Summit yesterday. A year ago we brought people together to discuss the emerging new environment for local government and local public services.  The mood then was one of apprehension amid…

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