The best local government blogs of 2013

Michael Harris /   June 29, 2015 at 8:38 PM 4,157 views

Here’s our own selection of the best blogs we’ve published this year in local government. Thanks to all of the frontline and independent bloggers who’ve kindly agreed to publish with Guerilla Policy in 2013 – Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to them all. Service before self “Above all I want the work that I do to matter and make a difference to people’s lives; only then will the internal critic of self-doubt and guilt quieten down for a while.” A guest blogger at We Love Local Government describes the very human impact of the cuts. Posted in September by a guest blogger at We Love Local Government Councils using zero hours, casual staff and the work programme “This post lists the results of an FOI I recently sent to councils to get a rough idea of how many people councils employed on zero hours contracts or zero hours-type working arrangements and how many councils were using the work programme.” Kate Belgrave investigates the increasing use of zero-hours and casual work contracts in local authorities. Posted in September by Kate Belgrave Should a consultant be a local government leader of tomorrow? “So, if the local government leader of tomorrow is from the private sector that does concern me… particularly if it is indicative of an irreversible erosion of civic values at the expense of private profit.” Toby Blume is depressed that a private sector consultant has won the Local Government Leader of the Future Award. Posted in August by Toby Blume at random musings from civil society How to be strategic in local government “Being strategic is not big and clever. If you want to improve the lives of service users just saying things about the arrangement of words on a page isn’t enough.” System thinking for girls rails against “strategic prattle” in local government. Posted in August by System thinking for girls The benefit cap: the real cost to local authorities “If the Local Housing Allowance caps of 2012 made preventing homelessness difficult, the Benefit Cap will make it impossible.” Romin Sutherland explains the conflict between two of the Government’s policies – and how it will hurt vulnerable families. Posted in May by Romin Sutherland at Red Brick Finding the source “No matter how good you or your people are, these horrid consequences will occur when you throw targets into the mix. Is that apparent short term ‘improvement’ really worth the overall long term damage to the system?” Simon Guilfoyle identifies the problem with targets in local government. Posted in April by Simon Guilfoyle at InspGuilfoyle Rich pickings in foster care “…the language of the balance sheet rather than the review form sticks in the craw and masks the realities of caring for vulnerable children to the standard they deserve.” Abe Laurens warns about the advance of private companies further into foster care. Posted in March by Abe Laurens at The Not So Big Society Government is not the same thing as a business, and should never be run like it is one “Recognising the differences between running a business in its purest sense, and running government under the delusion that it can be run as business has never been more essential for today’s politicians…” Adam Tugwell urges policymakers to remember the basic differences between business and government. Posted in March by Adam Tugwell Cooperative Councils – the blueprint for Miliband’s Labour? “Cooperation is riding the crest of a political wave right now. So it makes sense that politicians start by practicing what they preach, by collaborating with others outside their parties.” Toby Blume considers “the quiet revolution taking place in local government” that Whitehall could also learn much from. Posted in January by Toby Blume at random musings from civil society Rehabilitating politicians “…local government…interests me more than parliamentary politics probably because you can “touch it” more readily.” Emma Daniel wonders whether national politicians could be rehabilitated by learning from local government. Posted in January by Emma Daniel at Huxley06

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