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Karen JK Hart / June 29, 2015 at 8:36 PM 935 views

I live on the fourth floor in the East End. 70 stairs, no lift. No garden, no balcony. Directly above my early 20th Century flat is a huge flat roof covered in dozens of tall red chimneys. There are lots…

Only one argument!

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:35 PM 1,199 views

Sometimes in this job you have a week that is like no other you have experienced before and for me this is an important subtle reminder that you can never make any assumptions in social work. It is also a…

Ugh!! More from Ofsted

Chris Mills / June 29, 2015 at 8:35 PM 1,398 views

How depressing it is to read yet another glib document from Ofsted! I don’t know how many people will be fooled with this one, but it cuts no ice with me. I shall certainly be responding to the consultation and leaving them…

1%? No thanks!

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:34 PM 1,303 views

Today the national negotiators representing the employers of more than a million local government workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (the largest organised bargaining group in the UK economy) made a final pay offer of 1% with no strings,…

"Town hall Pravdas" once again

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:34 PM 1,403 views

Pretty much since the government published the latest version of the Code of Recommended Practice on Local Authority Publicity back in March 2011, Eric Pickles has been talking about putting compliance with the code on a stronger legal footing. At the moment under the…

Food stamps and the database state…

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:33 PM 1,648 views

The latest proposal for ‘food stamps’ has aroused a good deal of anger. It’s a policy that is divisive, depressing and hideous in many ways – Suzanne Moore’s article in the Guardian is one of the many excellent pieces written about it.…

Personal health budgets and their evil twin

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:32 PM 1,026 views

Like every good comic book hero, personal health budgets have an evil twin. There are personal health budgets as they have been developed through the pilot programme. Then there are personal health budgets as described by people who are, lets…