Launch our latest research publication 'Governance, Neighbourhoods and Service Delivery', at our one day seminar at Old Trafford today. INLOGOV have done an excellent job with this research.
Participated in a Strategic Commissioning Masterclass today at the Admiralty Arch in London, with the National School of Government.
Peter Housden the Permanent Secretary at DCLG opens up and outlines the Governments views on commissioning. He talks about how services improved by 25% from 2001 but at the same time public satisfaction fell. I question him about this anomaly and we agree that maybe CPA wasn't designed with public opinion fully in mind at the time but was based around Government priorities. He understands the arguments around investing in refuse collection and the highly visible services but that the high spenders of education and social services soaking up resources and investment.
At the LGA conference this week in Bournemouth and its the usual gathering of the great and good from the local government world.
Arrive down on the Monday night and once we have dropped of our exhibition stand its straight into the networking opportunities that are so useful at this type of event. Go out for something to eat with a long standing friend who is a local authority chief executive and we catch up on what has been happening in recent months around reorganisation, commissioning and the upcoming white papers themes.