Weekly message from John Lynch, Finance Director

It doesn’t bode well with lockdown measures being imposed in some parts of the country, curfews after 10pm, several authorities stating they will have trouble setting a balanced budget and asking for help, a large number of redundancies on the horizon to help meet budget cuts and possible reorganisations of the local government structure are … Continued

Weekly message from Peter Sass, ADSO Vice Chair

ADSO Awards 2020: The judging panel of Steve Garratt from Civica, Sue Keogh, ADSO Qualifications Manager and John Lynch, ADSO Finance Director were grateful to everyone who submitted entries into the Awards this year.  We had a brilliant response with the highest number of entries ever, so thank you! We were very impressed with the … Continued

Weekly message from Susan Biddle, Director for Training

Training Programme As you will know we had to suspend our open training programme at the end of last year to enable us to secure a new training support provider.  This we achieved and we intended to re-start our programme in June 2020 – and then there was CO-VID.  Since then we have been assessing … Continued

Weekly message from Peter Savage, ADSO Company Secretary

At a time when once again black lives appear to still be noticeably mattering less, it seems slightly lame to talk about the internal democracy of ADSO.  But at the end of the day I guess the fact is that improving and maintaining good, transparent and accountable democracy is more vital than ever.  We can … Continued

Weekly message from John Austin, ADSO Chair

August is flying by. We have local lockdowns, quarantine, the exam fiasco, and still a doubt about schools fully opening. And I’ve just heard that my local Pizza Express is closing! But the big question (at the time of me writing this anyway) is “Where’s Boris?”. I find it incredible that a Prime Minister could … Continued

Weekly message from John Austin, ADSO Chair

After all that has gone on in the last 6 months or so, I hope you are all getting some respite during August and are having or planning to have some time off with your family and friends. I’m pleased to say that ADSO is busier than ever with record membership levels. September is going to … Continued

Weekly message from John Lynch, ADSO Finance Director

ADSO Webinar on the LGA Draft Code of Conduct – 7th August 12 noon You may have seen on social media etc that ADSO is holding it’s very first webinar. The subject is the Draft Code of Conduct and it will take place at 12 noon on Friday 7th August. The event will be chaired by … Continued

Weekly message from Susan Biddle, Director of Training

I am really delighted to be able to write the introduction to the newsletter this week – selfishly because it means I am recovered from my operation and back to full capacity, if rather home based, which none of us could have predicted.  However in all challenges there is opportunity and I have been hearing … Continued

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