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Triple shared services

Three councils to share services. Everything is on the table. This could be real transformation using economies of scale to deliver most cost effective services. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/2032bfcc-ddb2-11df-8354-00144feabdc0.html?ftcamp=rss

Posted in Local government, Shared Services

Local government and total place

The total place pilots have reported: here’s a useful collection of them all. They are worth reading alongside the NLGN recommendations on how Whitehall and local government should work together.

Posted in Central government, Local government

Management consultancy government framework

Very interesting to see who is on and who is not on the new £4bn management consultancy framework for government. No McKinsey, for example and Accenture only for HR consultancy. Also no Oakleigh / Dbi who I was talking to

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Posted in Central government, Local government

Code list management service

Interesting work by the Police on standard taxonomies and controlled lists, but how does it relate to what NPEP was doing and what local government has done?

Posted in Experience sharing, Local government

Westminster salaries

Despite it most likely being a pre-election salvo, I’m very keen on wider publication of salaries. I think the bizarre UK obsession with obfuscating what we earn (even between friends) is partly to blame for all sorts of discrimination and

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Posted in Local government

Public sector is not paid more

Despite the gotcha graphs in the Sunday Times, some focused forensics shows that their comparators are invalid, so the conclusions are suspect at best. There are more part time jobs in the public sector, so the total pay to the

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Posted in Central government, Local government

Shared services growing in local government

I think on balance we will be seeing more deals like Essex’s with IBM (whether you believe in it or not). There are smaller examples: Wales and social services (unusual) and smallest: Lewisham and Bromley sharing IT. However, it isn’t

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Posted in Local government, Shared Services

Local government data

Openlylocal is doing a great job of bringing together local government information in a comprehensive and easily digestible manner. On drilling down, I am disappointed not to recognise any of my safer neighbourhoods team!

Posted in Local government

Localism and cuts

Reform says that local authorities need to make significant cuts in frontline staff. The LGA suggests that the cuts required reach £11bn. Elsewhere, Smarter Government seems to have linked up with Total Place and is fêted.

Posted in Local government

Essex / IBM transformation deal confirmed

Essex has confirmed a substantial transformation deal with IBM. £5.4bn over eight years is quite something. Looks like the speculative investment in Southwest One is paying off.

Posted in Local government