While I am plugging things (a la blogs in da house), check the next event Public Sector Forums have organised for next week. Ian Dunmore, presently laid up with badbackitis, has excelled himself again. I've heard that Carrie Armitage is speaking - she alone will be worth the price of admission, train ticket and whatever else it costs you (and given admission is free, you really have no excuse here). But there are others too, like Chris Haynes (Socitm, ODPM and various past lives in local authorities) and yet more. Go book.