Here you’ll find a range contributors seeking to widen the debate on local government issues, while others will be taking a sideways look at things and hopefully make you laugh.
If you write a blog and would like to contribute to the site, please e-mail the LocalGov publisher.
Michael Burton's MJ Blog
Michael Burton has been commenting on UK local government for more than 20 years and is editor of the leading news magazine for local government, The MJ (Municipal Journal). He is a regular speaker and chairman at conferences and public events as well as on radio and TV and has interviewed every single Cabinet minister responsible for local government since 1989. He has also been an external examiner in public administration for Cardiff University’s renowned journalism school. He trained as a journalist on local papers before specialising in local government.
Cato The Younger
Brendan McCarron is a well-known writer, consultant and trainer around local public services in the UK and abroad. His interests include decision-making, leadership, strategic performance management, project management and service system improvement.
The Local Democracy Blog
News and comment on policy and politics from a local government and local democracy viewpoint from Andy Sawford and the team at LGiU, the local democracy think-tank
We Love Local Government
‘We love Local Government’ is written by a team of local government officers and aims to take a sideways look at working for a local council.
Paul O’Brien has been the Chief Executive of the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) for the past eight years. Based in Manchester the organisation has 250 local authorities in membership from throughout the U.K. He has more than 24 years experience in local government and prior to his appointment with APSE, Paul worked with South Lanarkshire Council in the areas of CCT and Best Value.
The Great Emancipator
The Great Emancipator is written by is Mick Phythian, a research student at De Montfort University in Leicester on Electronic Government and IT Manager at Ryedale District Council in North Yorkshire.The blog is intended as a discussion point around various topics in the realm of electronic or transformational government, particularly the use of metrics.