All change in local government

As the funding cuts start to bite, things are changing rapidly in local government. But this is only the start. My own local authority, for example, managed to find savings of £17.5m in 2011/12 and needs to identify another £30m by 2015. And if the trend continues, they estimate that they will have to cut expenditure by a further £39m by 2018. This will leave the Council with only half of the resources that it had in 2010/11. Continue reading “All change in local government”

How will you use your ‘bonus’ day?

With 2012 being a leap year, tomorrow is 29th February. No news there. But if you think about it, tomorrow is a sort of ‘bonus’ day, one that we wouldn’t usually get. I call it a ‘duck realignment day’, because it gives us a chance to get all of our ducks back in a row. So why not make the most of this windfall and take a bit of time out to do something that you’ve been meaning to do for ages, but haven’t yet got around to? Here are three suggestions. Continue reading “How will you use your ‘bonus’ day?”

Infographics: Turning numbers into action

You will remember from school that ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’. It will come as no surprise, then, to learn that this works with performance information, too. At the basic level, we can use things like graphs and charts to translate numbers into images. But infographics take this to a whole new level. Continue reading “Infographics: Turning numbers into action”

Getting the message across

From the moment we get up in the morning to the time we go to bed at night we are bombarded with information. Most of it gets ignored. Some of it gets registered and filed away for future reference. Only a tiny fraction of the information that comes our way actually makes us get up and do something about it. Continue reading “Getting the message across”