Five reasons to attend the last User Group of 2014

December has nearly arrived, and this means we're all looking forward to enjoying some festive celebrations, and maybe even a little bit of snow. But before we all head out of our offices to enjoy the holidays, we've got a Public-i User Group for you to attend on the 17th of December. So why should you ...

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What people are saying about devolution in Birmingham?

In October Birmingham City Council held its Highbury 4 Democracy event on devolution After the Scottish referendum and the promise to grant greater powers to the Parliament in Edinburgh, Birmingham - along with other cities in England - is exploring how best to devolve power to city level from Whitehall and to bring greater power to district and neighbourhood ...

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The Right to Report, Webcasting and Devolution

On 6th August Eric Pickles signed a Parliamentary order allowing press and public to film and digitally report from all public meetings of local government bodies. It is an update on Margaret Thatcher’s 1960 law allowing written reporting of council meetings. We briefly spoke about the implications for local authorities in our last post but with ...

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It’s time for digital leadership

This week local authority chief executives and senior managers arrive in Liverpool for the Solace Summit. As regular visitors, we know just how much this annual get-together has changed. Recent events have felt pragmatic - with leaders concentrating on delivering first-class public services at a time of huge cuts to local-government funding. In some ways this conference won't be ...

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