As you know, Lewes District Council started a food waste collection service in June to double recycling rates over the next 12 months with the ambition of creating a Zero Waste culture. You will have already received your food recycling bins and hopefully started recycling your waste. We have found a site that we think you […]
This is the first in a series of posts setting out our initial thoughts about Demsoc’s membership arrangements and governance. Our membership is growing, and we want to make sure that we are practising what we preach and being the flexible, networked, and democratic organisation we tell government to be. We’ll be sharing our ideas […]
Demsoc are providing independent facilitation for the consultation events around the North Street Quarter redevelopment. The first consultation events took place last month. The second set of consultation events will take place in the summer. The first consultation events saw 632 people attend, with 278 questionnaires and 358 other comments left. The final report on what […]
This column originally appeared in the Local Government Chronicle. For the last month or so, I’ve been working on one issue – how to take decisions openly – in two different projects, one in Whitehall and one in Lewes District Council. The contrasts are fascinating. With the Cabinet Office I’ve been running a discussion about […]
The EU Transport White Paper sets out transport aspirations our political system is entirely incapable of delivering. Norman Baker, the Lib Dem transport minister, gave a response to the new White Paper that was classic Bore at the Golf Club Bar. He said, and I paraphrase, “EU, eh? Brussels, eh? Banning cars? Crazy or what? […]
Here’s a question to which I really want an answer, because I think I must be missing something obvious:
Does timebanking work in times like the present?
There’s a long post from Nat Wei on his blog, on timebanking and the Big Society. Here’s an illustrative extract:
The Guardian’s map of the public sector workforce (available here) is a beautiful thing, but its visuals imply that you can tell where the public sector job cuts will have the most effect. But because local government boundaries are so permeable, you can’t.
The plans of three inner London boroughs to merge their services under a single chief executive (FT report) has attracted a lot of comment, most of it negative.
Many people are worried about cuts to services and lost jobs, which is hardly surprising given the public statements that have been made.