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Integrity, openness and fairness in building public trust

September 14, 2018 by Ingrid Koehler

“The language of politics has been debased. It is cruel, filled with insult, sneer and personal animosities as a result of the confusion that reigns. And everyone is shouting in more extreme language from the rooftops. I think that people are bemused, frustrated and cross. No one is listening to…

Nuffield Trust: Reconsidering accountability in an age of integrated care

August 11, 2015

What will the new models of care promoted in the NHS Five Year Forward View mean for accountability in health and social care? This briefing outlines a Nuffield Trust viewpoint which argues that local authorities must act now to ensure that local accountability is not weakened.

Service Transformation Challenge Panel

May 13, 2015

This briefing summarises and comments on two publications: a report on service transformation published by the Service Transformation Challenge Panel in November 2014, and the Government's response to it published in March 2015.

Who’s Accountable?

January 5, 2015

The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) published its report: ‘Who’s accountable? Relationships between Government and arm’s-length bodies’ on 10 November 2014. This briefing gives an overview of the conclusions and recommendations of the report. This briefing will be of interest to elected members and a broad spectrum of officers, in…

NAO report – Assurance to Parliament on local government funding

July 31, 2014

On 25 June, the National Audit Office (NAO) published a report “Local government funding: Assurance to Parliament”. The report examines funding granted to local authorities in 2013-14, considering the mechanisms in place to ensure value for money and that it is spent legally and “regularly” (including considering conditions attached to…

Open Government Partnership UK National Action Plan 2013 to 2015

December 16, 2013

The UK government published its Open Government Partnership (OGP) UK Action Plan 2013 to 2015 on 31 October 2013 at the Annual Summit 2013 in London. The action plan outlines twenty one government commitments to improve transparency, participation and accountability. The government published its first OGP National Action Plan in…

A White Paper on Social Media in Local Government

September 30, 2013

A White Paper on Social Media in Local Government considers what holds back senior council managers and staff from using social media more extensively, and looks at how West Midlands councils have used them to connect with the public, and “open up traditional public sector silos”.

On Your Radar April 2013

April 16, 2013

On Your Radar provides regular updates on information from central government and other key organisations; looks back over the last period, ahead at what could be hitting the headlines and comments on issues relevant to local government that will be influencing the political landscape over the coming months. Upcoming briefings…

Public Accounts Committee report – Implementing the transparency agenda

October 1, 2012

The Public Accounts Committee has published a report on the Government’s transparency agenda concluding that while it has met the majority of its commitments, large quantities of raw data are being released without ensuring that it is fit for purpose; with the Government yet to develop a full understanding of…

Pickles invites bloggers deeper into the Town Hall

August 23, 2012 by Rob Dale

Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Local Government and Communities, seems to love transparency. Back in June 2010 he asked councils to publish all spending data over £500. His department matched it and just last week announced they were lowering the threshold by half. Yesterday Mr. Pickles attacked the BBC,…