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Kevin Jump
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All round polynerd, webist and wannabe circus act
All round polynerd, webist and wannabe circus act

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(nearly all) Local Council Website homepages on May 5th 2016 - Local Elections, Police & Crime Commissioner, London Assembly (& Mayor) Welsh and Scottish elections.

As a result not all councils are having directly representative elections, but something will be going on.
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Termdates: Lots of councils do really good clear things with term dates, but It's still a frustration to me (and i am sure others) that you have to put the 'schools set their own dates' line on the page-  it effectively says - we are probably wrong you need to go to the school and check - it's a failed task.

I have come close to knocking up some sort of school term date app a couple of times, something all council the school dates could be loaded into so the council site could then display the right dates for your school (with a nice API and widgety things, to make it platform nice:) ) 

I know that some councils have the data, cornwall have a pdf with the dates in somewhere and most education depts have the spreadsheet of inset days. 

The thing that has put me off and makes me unsure if this is a problem that can be fixed is the academy thing. With all schools becoming academies - dates might not even be reported to councils anymore? 

So asking around (i.e here) I suppose the question is do you think education depts are still going to get enough term date/inset information for this to be a problem worth spending some time on? or is it just another victim of councils losing control of the information. (whole aside collating information from area not public body....) 
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Thinking about making those clean task focused homepages a bit less static.
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UK Council websites, on May 7th 2015 - The homepage only tells half the story, Lots of council's don't look like they are having elections today, and of those that do, the content is often very poor. 
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New localgov websites in august 

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Last week the US Launched it's Digital Services Playbook, on the surface it's just like the GDS Digital Principles, but the way the US Service is set-up leads to some interesting questions (which i then don't address in this blog post - because i am trying to avoid the elephant in the room.... ),

anyway I thought i would start by looking at the differences between the playbook and the principles and seeing if their is anything to learn from what's in or out.

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The guidelines for domains names for local government have been updated. The're not new - they've been around for years. 

but looking at the Naming strategy section  - 

"Registrants must use the appropriate name within .gov.uk, as their primary domain. Use of non-government domains (eg .co.uk, .org.uk, .org etc.) must only be for defensive purposes and must be redirected to the primary government domain."

there are a few places where this isn't true and the two sites that spring to mind for me are dorsetforyou.com and iwight.com - both sites would appear to be in breach of this guideline.

So do we care and does it matter? 

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