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WYCA makes ‘ambitious but deliverable’ £200m devolution bid

16/10/2017WYCA makes ‘ambitious but deliverable’ £200m devolution bid

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) has submitted a £200m bid to the government seeking funding for public services and greater devolution in the region. The Autumn Budget submission includes calls for a £100m investment i more >
DCLG clear that pan-Yorkshire devo deal will not be considered

09/10/2017DCLG clear that pan-Yorkshire devo deal will not be considered

The ‘One Yorkshire’ full county devolution deal will not be considered by DCLG, despite the breakdown of the South Yorkshire deal last month. Ahead of Keighley MP John Grogan debating the possibility of the deal in Parliament tomor more >
Union ballots members over striking against public sector pay cap

09/10/2017Union ballots members over striking against public sector pay cap

One of the UK’s largest public sector unions has launched a consultative ballot to find the views of its members on whether to take industrial action over the government’s controversial 1% pay cap. The Public and Commercial Service more >

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More than half of Conservative councillors concerned about children service cuts

23/10/2017More than half of Conservative councillors concerned about children service cuts

Over 50% of Conservative Party councillors surveyed in a recent poll have said that central government funding cuts made it harder for their council to support services for children and young peo... more >
Making the devolution revolution work

23/10/2017Making the devolution revolution work

It’s time we take the politics out of devolution to ensure deals are dictated by local need, writes Mike Cherry, national chairman at the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). One in t... more >
United we stand, divided we fall

23/10/2017United we stand, divided we fall

David Pearson, Nottinghamshire County Council’s corporate director of adult social care and public health and the sustainability and transformation partnership (STP) lead for the region, ar... more >
An opportunity to join two agendas

23/10/2017An opportunity to join two agendas

Ahead of the King’s Fund annual conference in November, Dr Durka Dougall, the organisation’s senior consultant, says the health and care sector now has the chance to join up populatio... more >
Mayor James Palmer: A remarkable chance to do things differently

23/10/2017Mayor James Palmer: A remarkable chance to do things differently

Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough James Palmer reflects on his first six months in office, from the successes already achieved to the remaining challenges ahead. Being elected as the ... more >
Bridging the Gap

23/10/2017Bridging the Gap

Guy Battle, CEO of Social Value Portal, dispels the six big myths surrounding social value ahead of the national conference taking place in Birmingham on 14 November. There is no doubt that ... more >
Five million public sector workers paid less than private sector counterparts

23/10/2017Five million public sector workers paid less than private sector counterparts

In 2016 five million public sector workers were paid less than the equivalent private sector staff, according to figures obtained by the GMB. The figures come from a freedom of information r... more >
LGO finds ‘significant problems’ with care for special needs children

23/10/2017LGO finds ‘significant problems’ with care for special needs children

The LGO has criticised the “disproportionate burden” put on the families of children with special educational needs (SEN). In its first 100 investigations into the 2014 Education... more >

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Tower Hamlets taking steps to reverse the decline of LGBT+ venues

16/10/2017Tower Hamlets taking steps to reverse the decline of LGBT+ venues

Tower Hamlets council has recently confirmed that the former site of a popular gay bar, the Joiners Arms, must include an LGBT+ club for the next 25 years. Many people will be pleased to note that the council voted unanimously to ensure that any demolition of the building would only be approv more >
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‘The HSCN is the realisation of industry best practice’

30/06/2017‘The HSCN is the realisation of industry best practice’

Keith Smith, public sector business developme... more >
HSCN: The enabler for a more joined-up public sector

26/06/2017HSCN: The enabler for a more joined-up public sector

Mark Hall, Chief Assurance Officer at Redcent... more >
Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

25/04/2017Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

Ahead of this year’s mayoral elections,... more >
New social care funding misses the point

13/04/2017New social care funding misses the point

Clive Betts MP, chair of the Communities and ... more >

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Making the devolution revolution work

23/10/2017Making the devolution revolution work

It’s time we take the politic... more >
United we stand, divided we fall

23/10/2017United we stand, divided we fall

David Pearson, Nottinghamshire Coun... more >
An opportunity to join two agendas

23/10/2017An opportunity to join two agendas

Ahead of the King’s Fund annu... more >
Support for councils following Grenfell

04/09/2017Support for councils following Grenfell

Ian Moore, CEO of the Fire Industry... more >

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14/08/2017Time for reflection

A lot has happened since the last edition of PSE was published. In particular, the snap general election delivered an astounding result that many of the pollsters and political experts could not have predicted when Theresa May initially called for it back in April. Chris Painter, Professor Emeritus at Birmingham City University, provides a fascinating analysis of the campaign, and assesses the aftermath of the election on pages 26-28. It is a must-read article.  During the... read more >

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The importance of openness after Grenfell

The importance of openness after Grenfell

Following the recent Grenfell Tower tragedy, Lord Porter, chairman of the LGA, argues that if the public are going to have faith in the safety te... more > more last word articles >

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