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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

Top 10 most productive councils in England: 2018

Which councils are spending their money most effectively and getting the best outcomes for citizens?

November 22, 2018

Reflections on NCASC: ‘Cras es Noster!’

How discussions on the future of children’s services are changing

November 21, 2018

Primed Performance Management: providing a service-wide view of performance

When you’re one of only four consultants delivering an implementation programme in an adult social services department with over 100…

November 9, 2018

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

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