Monthly Archives: April 2011

Community Budgeting – What a disappointment

In 2009 the LGA worked with the Treasury to undertake a fundamental review of the way that the public sector delivered services within our community. I have blogged on the ‘Total Place’ concept before as I have blogged about ‘Community … Continue reading

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A Few Philosophical Thoughts!!

I am taking a day off from campaigning in Liverpool to clear up some business inLondon. As ever the work of local and national government grinds on more quietly whilst in election purdah but still remorselessly. I will be meeting … Continue reading

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MOVE TO PILOT POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONERS A “BIG STEP FORWARD”

Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Local Government, Cllr Richard Kemp, has welcomed the move today by two leading Liberal Democrat peers, Baroness Hamwee and Lord Bradshaw, for Police Commissioners to be piloted in certain areas before it is rolled … Continue reading

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Democratic Services – the Heart of the Council

I have spent a fascinating day today with two colleagues, Graeme Creer of Weightmans LLP and John Austin the chair of ADSO and John Austin judging the Democratic Services Award as part of the MJ Awards which will be announced … Continue reading

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So you want to be a councillor do you!

I have just come in from a few hours campaigning in my own lovely Church Ward and two others. My little feet are aching and my old back likewise but I’ve had a great day! I was pondering during the … Continue reading

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Thank you for remembering me LGC!

So now I am out of the top 50 because I am standing down as LGA vice Chair. A swift passage indeed from ‘Never Was’ to ‘Has Been!’ But I did get a consolation prize. I came third in the … Continue reading

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Every family needs an Aunty Mary

Last week I heard an excellent presentation from the Chief Executive of Swindon Council where he outlined the innovative ways in which the council and its partners were dealing with the problems of ‘difficult families’. This is not the first … Continue reading

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