Archive for Local government
I rather liked this photo taken by Nigel Bishop at the recent Councillor Camp: You can read about my presentation (on how to tell if your local council gets digital) here.
From the Evening Standard: Haringey has spent £1.72 million on suspended staff since April 2009, including £718,000 in 2009/10, giving it the highest total spend of all London town halls. And that’s not including the pay-offs that Haringey Council has a habit of making. You can read the full story here.
Having a vision for an important public service is a good thing, whether you are the sort of person who laps up visions for breakfast or the sort of person who hankers for a golden pre-jargon age when vision meant something to do with your eyes. Either way, knowing what you actually are trying to [...]
The Ham & High reports: Auditors criticised the mortuary for its haywire record keeping, after a routine visit in May revealed oversights including not properly recording the locations of bodies. The blunders were so serious the auditor immediately ordered Haringey Council – which runs the supposedly state-of-the-art facility, opened amid much fanfare in February 2009 [...]
Look round the room at the next Liberal Democrat event you attend and ask yourself how many people in the room will have their names recorded in places that future political historians can find. A few, certainly, especially if they have been elected to public office. For most, however, their contribution to a political party [...]
From the Office for Budget Responsibility: Last year’s budget deficit has been revised down by almost £6 billion to just under £120 billion. Local authorities spent less than we and the ONS expected in 2011-12, adding £2.6 billion to their reserves rather than drawing them down. First sentence is obviously good news. Second sentence however [...]
The Manchester Evening News reports: Members of Greater Manchester’s axed police authority are to toast their own demise – with a taxpayer-funded bash at the five-star Lowry Hotel. About 100 people are expected for a three-course meal at the swish city-centre venue to mark the scrapping of the authority. Set up to hold Greater Manchester [...]
An update on controversial Lewisham Labour councillor Stephen Padmore – a local newspaper is now calling on him to resign: Councillor Stephen Padmore turned up to sign his name at a planning meeting in June – the first he had attended in six months – before quitting the room without explanation. It’s alleged he only [...]