Daniel Heaf discusses the outcomes of Rewired State, the government-data-hacking session that took place last weekend. Not just from local pride, I particularly like the Brighton outpost’s Transparency Machine, which takes the Council’s PDF meeting papers and makes them searchable. If you could add that to text searching within the Council’s webcasts, you might have […]
Local government has been thinking a lot about community engagement and reputation management, and one of the unexpected side-effects has been an increased focus on how council communications support the democracy and participation message. Press releases are more focused on residents’ experiences, and repeat key messages about the council’s activities. Process description is kept to […]
Two posts on Sarah Palin in a row – that’s not what we’re meant to be about here. So let’s talk about the state of central/local relationships in UK government. As the case of Baby P showed, the political field of combat in the UK is definitely at national rather than local level. Over the […]
Local Government has been in the news for putting money into failed Icelandic banks of one kind or another. Not everyone has been hit, and many charities and other public sector bodies are in the same boat, but the criticism has been particularly focused on councils. Some commentators have even been saying that these losses […]
Council meeting webcasting starts today in the Society’s home city of Brighton. Live from 1630 and in archive form thereafter, the webcasts are available here, at Public-I’s website.
I spent much of Monday at a conference in Brighton with the same title as this post. Organized by the university of Brighton, the conference (as these things do) is taking a range of papers on the topic from various academics.
It has so far been an interesting event, stretching my brain in a different direction from normal.
Monday late afternoon there was a passionate attack on democracy by Isabell David (Technical University of Lisbon) who argued for meritocracy over what she saw as a populist, media-driven liberal democracy.
The consultation on the Empowerment Fund – the £7.5m pot to be doled out by the Government in support of the Empowerment White Paper’s aims – has been published. The contents aren’t good news for small, community organisations – at least, not directly. To bid for the fund at all organisations have to demonstrate a […]
Not much of a story in national terms, perhaps, but a lot of local newspaper websites are about to get better. Roy Greenslade reports that Newsquest, who own a slew of regional and local titles, including our own Brighton Argus, are rolling out a new website design, shown here at the Lancashire Telegraph. From a […]
A local referendum in Haywards Heath, just up the road from the Society’s base in Brighton, has been won overwhelmingly (17 to 1) by the Yes campaign, who were protesting against the redevelopment of the rather shabby area around the station. The referendum is non-binding, and turnout was only 22%, so it will be interesting […]
The UK’s Department for Communities and Local Government has published a guidance document on creating local charters (also called community contracts). These are arrangements between local communities and public sector service providers, containing promises from both sides on service standards and tailored service provision. In other words, charters are deals between the state and its […]