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Directly elected mayors, how council websites can do more and ideas on the Health & Social Care Bill

Heseltine backs ‘directly elected chief executives’ – There’s lots of debate today about elected mayors having chief executive powers. If councillors and community want directly elected mayors with chief executive powers then their introduction could work – however if these changes are imposed upon councils they have the potential to become a very expensive reorganisation that does little to strengthen local…

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GUEST POST: Using council websites to help local residents generate social capital

I attended the Netroots event last Saturday. there was a real conflict between traditional politics and the developing gov2.0 ideology (here’s a folder with some relevant commentary pieces that discuss this). To explore this debate further, over the next few weeks I’m hoping to invite some of the ‘vanguards’ of this new political literacy to write about how they believe…

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#localgov twitter lists

We’ve spent some time during the last week building up the LGIU’s following list and now that we are networked to over 1,300 profiles it’s quite clear that things need a bit of organisation. We are therefore going to experiment over the festive period building some nice twitter lists. So far, the plan is to create…

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*seminar* The ‘Online’ Councillor: behaviours for online collaboration & community engagement

The expectations are growing on councillors to engage, work openly, be more accountable and move quicker on issues – and social media represents an extraordinary opportunity to do this – Andy Gibson, Sociability.org.uk The LGIU has been working alongside its members, analysing the new forms of online political participation and taking positive steps to embed…

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Debate about Localism Bill isn’t very localist

The Localism Bill is now trending on Twitter – but how is the conversation spread around the country? According to Trendsmap, the #localism debate is heavily concentrated in and around London – so not very localist at all really. You can follow this link to trendsmap where you can view information on where the bill is being…

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So what is a community?

A couple of weeks ago we asked whether the local government twitter community could help CLG define what community is – now with the Localism Bill now just days away, I thought I’d better collate all the #ComDef suggestions (thank you very much to all who contributed) and see what key ideas and themes emerge. Many people that I’ve…

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What we’re reading – 6/12/10

Why wellbeing is a big deal. Warren Hatter draws together a plethora of different viewpoints to analyse the new ‘happiness’ measure. He explores the idea that this should ‘provide both local and national metrics, with a clear understanding that national wellbeing is the sum total of wellbeing in all localities, and that a course should be explicitly charted…

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More useful (and free) internet tools for sharing snow-related information

[googlemaps http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=102012504572852987592.0004965dc6045167b2757&source=embed&ll=51.457323,-0.196037&spn=0.038185,0.110035&output=embed&w=555&h=400]  (James Cousins’ ‘Gritting Wandsworth’ map) Just following up on my previous posts on how councils and councillors can use free internet tools to get information out to residents about snow-related services and disruption. I want to draw attention to James Cousins’ ‘Gritting Wandsworth’ piece – which tackles the tricky subject of meeting peoples…

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Lib Dems vote to publish results of serious case reviews

In Bournemouth today Annette Brooke MP (Shadow Minister for Children) updated the Lib Dem policy on child protection. The purpose is to renew their position following the tragic case of Baby Peter. The raft of new proposals includes a public awareness campaign to make child protection everybody’s business. Nobody would disagree with that, but more  controversially, they want the…

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Twitter Top 10 in local government

The Twitter explosion continues and the local government world is catching on fast.   A month ago I published the first ever Twitter top 10 in local government and it became our top blog post ever within a matter of days.   The top 10 informed local government media reports and comment on the increasing use of…

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