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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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Networked Councillor Update

Way back at the beginning of summer I blogged about my first experience of the Networked Councillor programme. This is a programme designed to give elected members the tools they need to effectively communicate, collaborate and co-produce with their communities in the digital world. When I joined the company, Networked Councillor was being delivered to ...

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