Nine New Authorities

Earlier this week the DCLG announced the results of the bids for unitary status that had been made earlier in the year by many councils up and down the country. The successful bids are: Councils Submitting  Proposals Proposed unitary structure Bedford Borough Council Bedford Unitary Chester City Council 2 Unitary Read more…

Councillor Personality Types

The IDeA have published a report on the personality types of councillors and how they differ from the general population (hat-tip Mike at OpenEye). Councillors are more likely to be extravert (sic – IDeA are obviously followers of Jung) – 68 per cent compared to the general population’s 52 per Read more…

Bit of a B**ls up

It seems as though people emailing schools might have some trouble getting through according to Tony Attwood, moderator of the Education Marketing news group. An update he sent about changes in Government were blocked by a number of school filter systems because it contained "a forbidden word". What, or rather Read more…

Phishy business

I received this email this morning from BusinessLink: From: alerts@businesslink.gov.uk [mailto:alerts@businesslink.gov.uk] Sent: 09 July 2007 11:07To: shane@gallomanor.comSubject: Business Link has an improved registration system – please upgrade Dear registered user As we add new interactive services to our website, we upgrade our security framework to ensure your information is always Read more…

Rosling rolls on

Hans Rosling has presented at TED again.  More statistics, more original views of world poverty and development and an extraordinary way to finish a presentation. It is well worth spending 20 minutes watching. (Hat tip:  Andrew Brown)

Consultation consultation

The Cabinet Office launched a consultation on consultation a couple of weeks ago and I’ve finally made it through the document – Effective Consultation: asking the right questions, asking the right, people, listening to the answers. My main feeling is that it really lacks ambition and I suspect this reflects Read more…