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Government will not increase devolution safeguards

27/05/2016Government will not increase devolution safeguards

The government has denied accusations that its devolution process is failing to take into account the needs of communities in its response to a critical report. The DCLG said it was rejectin... more >
Over 80% of council CEOs believe essential services at risk

26/05/2016Over 80% of council CEOs believe essential services at risk

Over 80% of local authority CEOs believe that some councils will fail to deliver essential services in the next three years, according to a new survey. The 2016 Local State We’re In su... more >
North Yorkshire CC approves controversial fracking plans

24/05/2016North Yorkshire CC approves controversial fracking plans

North Yorkshire County Council's planning committee has approved plans for Third Energy to undertake fracking for shale gas in Ryedale, despite local opposition. Hundreds of protestors gathe... more >

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Government spend with SMEs: A review of the PAC report

25/05/2016Government spend with SMEs: A review of the PAC report

Ian Fishwick, commercial director at Innopsis, the public sector technology trade association, reviews the Public Accounts Committee report on government spend with SMEs.  When the Cons... more >
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Joint ventures: Are we better together?

19/04/2016Joint ventures: Are we better together?

Vivien Holland, local government advisory dir... more >
London needs a new deal to tackle the housing crisis

13/04/2016London needs a new deal to tackle the housing crisis

Tackling the capital’s housing crisis w... more >
What would Brexit mean for UK public agencies?

07/04/2016What would Brexit mean for UK public agencies?

Anand Menon, professor of European Politics a... more >
Local government as a platform: The power to transform

16/02/2016Local government as a platform: The power to transform

Leigh Whitehouse, joint chief executive at Ro... more >

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Connecting the capital through a Supercloud

22/04/2016Connecting the capital through a Supercloud

The London Grid for Learning (LGfL)... more >
The future of shared services

19/04/2016The future of shared services

The chairman of the LGA’s Imp... more >
Learning lessons from council outsourcing and searching for alternatives

11/04/2016Learning lessons from council outsourcing and searching for alternatives

Heather Connolly, senior lecturer i... more >
County potential to unlock housing development remains unrealised

11/04/2016County potential to unlock housing development remains unrealised

Cllr Martin Hill, leader of Lincoln... more >

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01/02/2016Weather warning

This edition of PSE goes to press just as Storm Imogen begins to subside. This latest barrage of winter weather caused yet more disruption to transport and power networks, but thankfully less permanent damage than earlier storms in late 2015 and the beginning of this year.  The fourth and fifth ‘named storms’ of this season, Desmond and Eva, were responsible for some of the most catastrophic flooding and devastation we have seen for years, with damage estimates for the... read more >

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A sustainable health and care settlement is as far away as ever

A sustainable health and care settlement is as far away as ever

Helen McKenna, senior policy adviser at The King’s Fund, analyses what the Spending Review means for health and social care. A few wee... more > more last word articles >