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Weak leadership exposes social care to worst green paper risks 

19 Sep 18

By Colin Slasberg and Peter Beresford The Local Government Association’s (LGA) contribution to the impending social care green paper, due to be published this autumn, shows how far the sector’s leadership falls short of securing the confidence of…


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the (comms) strategy is delivery 

11 Sep 18

How many communications strategies have you written in your time? How many of them worked and how many disappeared through the cracks due to competing and reactive work demand? This new guest post gives valuable insight into how one government …


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it’s party time… 

9 Sep 18

  The arrival of autumn signals the start of the party conference season.


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workplace by facebook – this much I know 

5 Sep 18

There are many ways to create an environment where great internal comms thrives.


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50 days of human comms #52: London Underground tube boards 

5 Sep 18

Just last week I wrote about what the first 50 days of blogging examples of human comms looks like.


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Birmingham needs thousands more school places to prevent shortage 

5 Sep 18

Local Government Association warns Birmingham needs more than 8,000 new secondary school places…


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launching the epic, the unique, the bestest – the one and only UnAwards 

5 Sep 18

The 5th annual UnAwards launch TODAY.


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university clearing – if you’ve nothing nice to say, avoid trash talking on social 

1 Sep 18

You’ll have seen many a spat on social media over the years.


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NATURAL COMMS: Being human is an outside-of-London thing and what I’ve learned after 51 days blogging human comms 

31 Aug 18

Back in 1999, when a mere 200 million people were using the internet some big thinkers gathered on a web forum.


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50 days of human comms #51: Devon and Cornwall Police and a Hot Fuzz image 

30 Aug 18

Sometimes, the mix of image and text works brilliantly.


News
New era of integrated health and care to better support people to lead healthier lives 

29 Aug 18

HEALTH and care services across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are embarking on a new era of integrated working to ensure people are better supported to lead healthier and more independent lives.


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Jeremy Corbyn’s plan to save local and regional news 

22 Aug 18

The Labour leader wants to provide funding for local news organisations to report on public services, local government and more…


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should I leave my job? #askingforafriend 

19 Aug 18

  Switching jobs.


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learning from the ‘hospital’ experience 

19 Aug 18

For a communications team the thought of letting a TV crew behind the scenes could be daunting.


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The number of people who complained about Birmingham City Council last year and why 

19 Aug 18

Official watchdog Local Government Ombudsman has published figures for 2017/18…


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how often do you make the media feel special? 

18 Aug 18

We know how important it is for our communications activities to be insight-led.


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video and social content is re-shaping the comms job description 

17 Aug 18

One comms professional moved from broadcast to comms a decade ago and is surprised to find himself working as a producer again with the video and social content he is making.


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we should celebrate those who don’t shout about it 

17 Aug 18

Shouldn’t we celebrate with an award those who do great things but don’t shout about it? One comms person thinks so.


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30 days of human comms: #50 students celebrate A level results on a council Facebook Live 

16 Aug 18

A level results are here.


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30 days of human comms #49: Barnsley Football club contact a fan by letter they saw having a hard time on social media 

14 Aug 18

Good human comms doesn’t have to be digital.


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30 days of human comms #48: Hertfordshire County Council’s Monday morning tweet 

14 Aug 18

Be human.


News
Government pledges £100 million to end rough sleeping, which will help the rising numbers of homeless people on the streets in Birmingham. 

14 Aug 18

The Government has pledged £100 million to end rough sleeping, which will help the rising numbers of homeless people on the streets in Birmingham.


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SHODDY NEWS: How to complain about bad journalism 2.0 

12 Aug 18

Just lately, more than a few people have been complaining about journalists just recently.


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what we need is a video – and 15 other things comms teams hear every week 

9 Aug 18

This one is the gift which keeps on giving.


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a level playing field – why introducing a service level agreement is a must 

6 Aug 18

Demand and expectations increase, resources and time decrease.


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FOG WARNING: Why looking at data – lots of it – gives you a clearer picture 

3 Aug 18

When I was a kid my Dad would take us walking in the Lake District.


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challenging press coverage on foster case was difficult and time consuming – but worth it 

3 Aug 18

by Andreas Christophorou Last summer, one of our foster cases was splashed across The Times’ front page for three consecutive days.


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Sandwell’s £6,000 Boat Piss-Up! 

2 Aug 18

When the Local Government Association came to Brum recently it was inevitable that pathetic pygmy Steve “The Milkman” Eling and his arse-rimmer in chief would be attempting to “cut the big” in front of the great and good of Town Hall glitterati.


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30 days of human comms: #47 the Mayor of Sheffield turns a cinema into a party 

2 Aug 18

You may have come across the Mayor of Sheffield.


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30 days of human comms: Day #46 Anti-littering posters in Bray, Ireland 

1 Aug 18

Speaking human… you can recognise it when you see it.


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the return of the clip art police 

26 Jul 18

A crowd-sourced approach to enforcing the rules of good comms.


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VIRAL COMMUNITY: How the viral parking warden video started in a Facebook group… and what we can all learn 

26 Jul 18

If you’re not thinking about Facebook groups you’re missing a huge chunk of how the population is consuming the media.


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your ‘cut out and send’ letter for a boss who doesn’t get comms unplugged 

26 Jul 18

Comms Unplugged was pretty much the best work-related thing I did last year.


News
New vision launched by Together We’re Better health and care partnership for Staffordshire 

25 Jul 18

TOGETHER We’re Better has launched a new vision to provide clear direction on what the partners are working together to achieve.


Blog comment
As government bows to ‘fiscal hawks’, a former Conservative MP deplores the effects of austerity 

25 Jul 18

Matthew Parris has written, in the Times , “the cracks are showing in austerity Britain” We don’t think enough about local government one of whose jobs it is to mend potholes.


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a panacea for nhs comms? 

24 Jul 18

Following the NHS’s 70th anniversary, it’s a good time to explore the role of communications and social media to promote behaviour change as the pressures continue to grow.


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Local Government Ombudsman decision (13 014 096) 

24 Jul 18

Follow up sent to Birmingham City Council by Jim Sabe on 24 July 2018 .


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Local Government Ombudsman decision (13 014 096) 

24 Jul 18

Response by Birmingham City Council to Jim Sabe on 24 July 2018 .


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ten (11) reasons why you should come to academy 

23 Jul 18

Comms Academy has been a fixture in the public sector communications and PR calendar for over a decade.


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too aloof to be challenged? 

23 Jul 18

The recent Reading University tweet which not challenged critics of the establishment offering scholarships to 14 refugees, but specifically told them what they could go do, won a lot of fans on Twitter.


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10 years awake as a poacher turned gamekeeper 

22 Jul 18

Many have made the move from journalism to PR.


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DODGING HIPPOS: How to say ‘no’ to the highest paid person in the room without saying ‘no’ 

21 Jul 18

Its been a busy few months.


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we’re nothing without you… thank you from an outsider to comms people 

20 Jul 18

One man who works in insight and who has left the public sector looks back and says ‘thank you’ to comms people he worked with.


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what the amazing NHS at 70 campaign achieved 

20 Jul 18

It has been a big year for the NHS.


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PUNK ATTITUDE: Today’s comms person needs to learn three chords and form a band over and over to still have a job in 20 years time 

17 Jul 18

It’s funny how two things collide and you start thinking about things in new ways.


Blog comment
Learnings from LGA Conference 

16 Jul 18

The Local Government Association Conference (LGA) in Birmingham last week was, as always, an opportunity to learn and to understand what is going on across the country in our sector.


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what I have learned from croatia 

13 Jul 18

sports and communications have many parallels not least around the benefits of effective team work and leadership by Amanda Nash There are many things I’ve been blamed for in my life, but England losing to Croatia in the semi-finals was probably …


News
Your Care Connected – a new integrated electronic care record on the way for Staffordshire. 

13 Jul 18

A new way of providing health and care is on the way in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.


Blog comment
Game: I don’t live in a 90% (or 100%) Labour city 

12 Jul 18

Well, last week certainly had its excitements, didn’t it?  First, that penalty shoot-out business.


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one team’s journey to campaign-based communications 

11 Jul 18

We know that great communications campaigns can have a big impact and deliver lasting change.







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