Paul Deegan, Lead Partner, Local Public Services

Working as a strategic partner to the CCN is incredibly important to us. Our team comprises consultants who have worked either with or in local government for a large proportion of their careers. We are passionate about the importance of the sector and its centrality to some of the most progressive agendas in our society today.
While we work with councils of all types, a lot of our recent work has been with county and unitary councils. The relationships we formed with many stakeholders in these councils catalysed the relationship we have now developed with the CCN. This has already led to the publication of a number of landmark reports.
In 2020/21 this included our report on the importance of scale when considering proposals for local government reorganisation, as well as additional work on this topic with many member councils. We also continue to support transformation programmes, service specific changes, strategy and technology implementation programmes.
Over the coming year we intend to continue to provide the support, expertise and capacity that our clients have told us they value so much. We will also continue to champion the sector and work with member councils to challenge our collective ambition. We are delighted to be working with the CCN to shape this thinking through our work on the Future of Local Government – a collaborative research project which has the potential to shape the future of the sector.
The demands of the past twelve months have been unprecedented, and now more than ever local government needs to be at the heart of helping the country rebuild, as we look forward to a brighter future.


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