Weekly message from Wayne Chandai, Director of Communications

So another interesting week in UK politics, and as detailed in the democracy direct, the Cabinet reshuffle was originally trailed as heralding major changes to departmental structures and recognition of climate change as an issue meriting significant status within those structures, however the reshuffle will be remembered for the resignation of Chancellor Savid Javid as the PM … Continued

Weekly message from Peter Savage, Company Secretary

Democracy, or the impact of it, is never far from the news. This country and the world are dealing with so many issues which reflect on democracy or the lack of it.  I’m thinking of, inter alia (as we used to say in Roman times): Climate crisis and different governmental responses: different nations are reacting … Continued

Weekly message from Peter Sass, ADSO Vice Chair

Now that the Christmas decorations have been put back in the loft and ‘Dry January’ is over, all Councils will now be heavily involved in budget setting meetings, whichever form of governance your Council has. If you operate scrutiny, I’m sure backbench and opposition Members will be carefully reviewing the Executive’s budget proposals and preparing … Continued

Weekly message from Sue Keogh, ADSO Qualifications Manager

I am delighted to be asked to provide an update for ADSO members on the qualifications this week. As you are probably aware, we reviewed and updated both the Certificate and Diploma in 2017 and both take up and progress since then have been very good; 43 learners have completed the Certificate  and 7 the … Continued

Weekly message from John Lynch, ADSO Finance Director

My life is somewhat busier than normal having moved house to East Sussex 2 weeks ago. I’m still unpacking various boxes which seem never ending and trying to get things fixed in the house so you will have to excuse me if I seem to be rambling. There are still a large amount of membership … Continued

Weekly message from John Austin, ADSO Chair

A somewhat belated happy new year to all. I hope you had a good festive break particularly after the stresses and strains of the recent election. Things are getting back to normal and this is the first Democracy Direct for 2020. I have mentioned in a previous bulletin that we have been preparing a survey of … Continued

Weekly message from John Austin, ADSO Chair

As I write this week’s democracy direct, I am conscious that many of you will be working hard in the polling stations across the country and perhaps getting ready for a long night at the count. When you read this however, it will thankfully be all over! I voted in my local station earlier today … Continued

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