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What’s in Store for 2015

2015 and the years to follow will be the most challenging for the public sector. Austerity has resulted in local government being at the forefront of the government’s budget reduction programme and, for those of us who admire and support the benefits local authorities bring to all communities across the country, it is a depressing […]

What’s in Store for 2012?

The New Year starts with the Prime Minister warning of “worse to come” with respect to the UK economy. For those who work with and for public sector organisations we know ‘how bad it is’ and we know we are nowhere near the bottom of the public sector consultancy economic cycle! Times have been hard […]

Health as We Know it? Or will it be?

It’s back to the Committee stages with the scrutiny of 160 government-inspired amendments to the original Health and Social Care Bill. But will it make any difference? I think it will, even if it is not possible to be certain exactly what some of the amendments mean or what might emerge out of this scrutiny […]

Budget June 2010

Ouch!  Well, here it is and, in many respects, no surprises.  And despite the fact we knew it was coming it still comes as quite a shock – and so it should.  Without being apocalyptic, it really could see the end of the state as we know it.  The private sector takes us to the […]

Is Happy New Year an oxymoron for those in public service?

If 2010 is going to be one of the most challenging periods for those involved with the public sector then 2011 is going to be a potential disaster.  With the election now looking like May – with the Prime Minister’s hint at an April Budget – the 2010-11 financial year may provide more protection than […]

Is social enterprise the answer to exclusion?

We have been working with a local authority recently to identify the gaps in their services and one gaping hole is in opportunities for those who fall out of the current eligibility criteria for support and work opportunities. In many of our colleges of further education are people with learning disabilities who began college courses […]

Performance Management – part of the day job

We all know performance management has to be embedded throughout a business.  It has to be adopted by all levels of an organisation, and be part of the daily routine.  A number of people in your organisation will tell you that of course they include performance management in their daily work– but do they?  Do […]

Effective Evaluation

We have recently been approached by an adult social care department about some work to evaluate the impact of their training on safeguarding investigations. Sadly this is an unusual request.  Rarely is the impact of training and development evaluated, despite the large amount of time and money that is invested, year after year by every […]

Adding Value to Public Services

If anyone really did believe that working in the public sector provided safe and secure employment then think again! Two of our local authority clients recently ‘lost’ their chief executives and neither were due to retire or had been appointed to another post! It is a precarious business running multi-million pound organisations with political leadership […]

LCS Limited is a general management consultancy specialising in change and performance improvement

We offer consultancy and interim management to local authorities, other public and not-for-profit organisations and providers of public services. We specialise in change management and performance improvement, provide organisational diagnostics and benchmarking and we specialise in adult social care and regulatory services – supporting authorities and social care providers facing unprecendented budget reductions and the […]

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