Category Archives: Local Government

Adaptable Leadership in the Public Sector: Courage to take the Strengths-based Approach for Key Outcomes

Introduction The early 2000s was a febrile period for public services in the UK when government expected improved outcomes for increased funding levels and regulatory inspection and audits were expanding in scale and reach. Direct or implicit intervention was an ever present risk if failure was suspected. Resilient and adaptable leaders were expected to craft effective responses to the challenges. Some interventions took the form of relatively ‘light-touch’ oversight of specific services. In other cases the interventions were more dramatic and included: Leadership teams excised from the organisation Interim leaders installed Governmental appointees sent to guide and oversee improvement Councillors… Read more
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Lester & Alexander – cock-up and now conspiracy?

As a senior level interim I have become transfixed by the ‘car crash’ that is the Lester case. The Municipal Journal has reported: “Senior local government officials face a potential Treasury probe into their personal tax affairs following revelations that the head of the Student Loans Company (SLC) avoided paying tax on his salary, under arrangements agreed within Whitehall. Ed Lester was not added to the SLC payroll when given a two-year contract in January 2011, and was paid through a private firm – a loophole which saved him an estimated £40,000 a year on his tax bill. His £182,000… Read more
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Open Public Services White Paper

The Open Public Services White Paper is in the consultation stage and SOLACE have produced their response on behalf of 1700 Chief Executives and senior managers. Acknowledging that a peace, of sorts, has recently broken out between the profession and Eric Pickles, this still seems to satisfy itself to move along the surface of the White Paper, tending to make thoughtful, conciliatory comments. Admittedly…it identifies some important points about the centrality of local government to the probable success of the eventual legislation and what local government is already doing in regard to aspects like competition and procurement, neighbourhood working and… Read more
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