APSE's Performance Networks seminar is always a highlight in the local government calendar as it takes place in December in Blackpool and has had in excess of 400 performance management anoraks attending for the last seven years. This year was no exception and the place was buzzing with delegates by the time I arrived. The seminar is unusual in that it's a working event with all delegates split into workshop groups which means they have to contribute over the course of the 24 hours, rather than slipping out for a ride on the donkeys.
Attended another Chatham House rules event in London tonight and it felt a bit like being in the biblical tale mentioned above. The event was organised by PWC on behalf of DCLG and was a launch for the report on 'developing the local government services market'.
Went to a session on the impact of the White Paper on the workforce at UNISON towers in London today. The meeting is with the local government team and along with APSE, the local government information unit and the new local government network are represented.