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Local government and the EU elections

My recommendations for how local government should respond to the outcomes of the election.

May 21, 2019

Why I was nervous about ‘Which councils are best at adult social care?’

Our top ten councils for adult social care analysis was the cover story of the MJ five weeks ago, and despite being somewhat nervous beforehand, I've been really pleased with the response.

April 2, 2019

The BBC’s ‘We Are Bradford’ project: reflecting a local focus on community strengths

Bradford has been in the news last week thanks to the BBC’s ‘We Are Bradford’ project – held to ‘celebrate the great things about [Bradford] which aren’t always part of the news’. The BBC takeover was visible throughout the town centre and reporters filming in many different parts of the city.

March 18, 2019

A plea to councils: put behaviour change at the heart of transformation

I joined the LGA’s ‘Behaviour Change’ conference this week. I was there to share our impact in Ealing through the Better Lives programme, and in particular how applied behavioural science has led to a massive 39% reduction in referrals from the front door to adult social care teams.

March 14, 2019

Why more needs to be done to understand the cross-cutting drivers of demand

In a time of growing demand and diminishing resources, it is time to widen the lens in order to better understand and manage demand.

February 8, 2019

The ‘Value for Money’ agenda should focus on maximising outcomes

Crucially, value for money isn’t about efficiency

January 15, 2019

Is the illusion of control in public services crumbling?

We spent some time this week using  to analyse some of the day-to-day challenges being faced by colleagues in the…

December 10, 2018

The value of making better quality decisions

How can councils make difficult decisions stick?

December 4, 2018

What councils are and do needs radical change

Earlier this week Melanie Dawes, Permanent Secretary at the Department for Housing, Communities and Local Government told the Commons’ public…

November 29, 2018

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