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Disruptive Innovation and Procurement: Do UK Local Government Chief Executives Still Not Get It? By Colin Cram

Will Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, go down as the person who transformed UK local government? When the coalition government came to power, the Local Government Association had been arguing that, with more freedoms, local authorities could be more efficient. 676 more words

Editor Commentary

Suffolk stubbs it out

Last Thursday I was up early to head to London for a meeting at the LGA in Smith Square before rushing back to Ipswich via Liverpool Street Station to be as Suffolk County Council’s Full Council Meeting. 355 more words



Landing at LaGuardia Airport freaks me out! It really freaked me out the first time. Now I’m somewhat used to it, but somewhere in the back of my head I’m screaming “Water…Water….WATER, DUDE!” 8 more words

Random Thoughts

The LGA Conference Part 2

Last Wednesday and Thursday at the LGA Conference in Bournemouth was the usual sea of plenary and breakout sessions, causal chats with colleagues and lots of networking discussing the coming election and the future role of local government. 296 more words

Local Government

Off to Bournemouth via Ipswich

Last Monday I covered some mileage, firstly attending a Conservative group meeting at Suffolk County Council about strategies to deal with the budget gap, then off to Bournemouth for the LGA Conference. 292 more words

Local Government

Flying Down To Rio

It came as no surprise to us at Leaky Towers to hear that a small delegation of Wirral Council bigwigs had taken flight (especially when we heard it involved The Deadly Davies Duo, Pip & George) 126 more words

Food Choices

Last Thursday week I was in London to chair a conference at Local Government House called ‘Food for thought: joint approaches to safe food and healthy eating – organised by the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing team of which I am a Board member. 517 more words

Local Government