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Pickles accuses councils of, errrr, acting prudently?

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:38 PM 707 views

Alongside the publication of Local Authority finance statistics, came an Eric Pickles press release which – even by his standards – is grounds for raising an eyebrow over. In it he accused councils of “amassing secret stockpiles of taxpayer money”. Secret? Really? But not…

Al-Madinah inadequacies highlight wider weaknesses

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:37 PM 685 views

The Ofsted report into the Al-Madinah school in Derby is damning. Extremely damning. Inspectors highlighted a catalogue of shortcomings that have resulted in the school being taken into special measures. Every single category that Ofsted examine was rated ‘inadequate’ and the…

Changing communities – reflections on catalysing community evolution

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:33 PM 590 views

Alice Casey’s recent article on Nesta’s Systemic Innovation discussion series raises some interesting questions about the future of communities and public service reform. I like Alice’s suggestion of three promising ways that innovation is happening in practice: Structures that value collaboration,…

Cooperative Councils – the blueprint for Miliband's Labour?

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:32 PM 831 views

The recently published pamphlet ‘Towards co-operative councils: empowering people to change their lives’ by the Cooperative Councils Network – which I was a contributor to, may represent an important milestone in the run up to the next general election. The…