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Adult social care staff want to manage demand, and councils should capitalise on it

I've visited eight adult social care departments this year, and talked with front line staff in all of them.

October 16, 2018

Reflections on my year as a Deputy Director of Children’s Services: Models of Distributed Leadership

As a consultant, every council I have worked with has battled the same Gordian knot on senior management and leadership.

September 4, 2018

Reflections on my year as a Deputy Director of Children’s Services: The need to Stop, Collaborate and Listen

Working at a senior level in local government showed me that the need for coordination, integration and collaboration across the council is more important than ever.

September 4, 2018

Reflections on my year as a Deputy Director of Children’s Services: Exploring how our own decision-making can generate demand

I have found it both cathartic and helpful to reflect on what it is like to work on the frontline of local government to support children and families.

September 4, 2018

Resilience is largely irrelevant. Local government needs to focus on productivity

The recent LGC article (‘Divisions over resilience index but officers open to new approach’) raises some interesting questions about how…

August 10, 2018

DfE’s response to the fostering stocktake

We’re delighted that Nadhim Zahawi has accepted all the recommendations made in the independent report 'Foster Care in England'.

July 20, 2018

Matt Hancock: what the new Secretary of State brings to the role

After the longest serving Health Secretary left for the Foreign Office, Matt Hancock has been promoted to one of the most important Cabinet jobs.

July 10, 2018

How productive is local government?

It was going to happen sooner or later, and in reality, given the scale of the challenge that local government…

February 13, 2018

Budgets, behaviour and Brexit: the results of our 2018 survey

At the start of this year, we surveyed people working across local government to ask their views on some of…

February 6, 2018

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