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Northamptonshire report to propose splitting region into two unitaries

17/08/2018Northamptonshire report to propose splitting region into two unitaries

A report on the future of the debt-ridden Northamptonshire region due to be published this afternoon will likely recommend replacing all eight local authorities with two unitary councils. Public consultation results and the report itself will more >
Fight against Dorset merger ends as Christchurch council accepts defeat

14/08/2018Fight against Dorset merger ends as Christchurch council accepts defeat

Christchurch Borough Council has agreed not to take its legal fight to the Court of Appeal following the refusal of its Judicial Review application, with leader Cllr David Flagg apologising for the authority’s unsuccessful battle. The dr more >
At-risk Leicestershire councils team up to evaluate ‘rushed’ merger plans

30/07/2018At-risk Leicestershire councils team up to evaluate ‘rushed’ merger plans

District and borough authorities at risk of being axed due a potential merger into a unitary authority have declared that they will adopt a “collaborative approach” for the future of services in the area. The leaders of Blaby Distr more >

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  • 13/08/2018Understanding the apprenticeship levy

    YPO has launched the first national apprenticeship framework this month, allowing the UK public sector to access apprenticeship training across all standards from a range of local and national suppliers. Lizzy Grayson, category manager of corporate...
  • 12/07/2018LGO upholds 60% of investigations against councils

    Article by Callum Wood of Public Sector Magazine The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) upheld almost 60% of the detailed investigations it dealt with last year, which is up from just over half the previous year. Its annual report...
  • 05/07/2018Foehn achieves UK Government G-Cloud 10 Certification

    It has been confirmed by the Crown Commercial Services that Foehn is included as a supplier in the category of ‘Cloud hosting, software and support’ on the G-Cloud 10 procurement framework, part of the Government’s Digital...
  • 25/06/2018Can Intelligent Connectivity transform the public sector?

    ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Danny Longbottom, director local government & health at BT Business & Public Sector, reminds organisations that having the right tech in place will help save time and money in the long run – and Intelligent...
  • 12/06/2018G-Cloud 10: small changes, big opportunities

    Rafael Cortes, Foehn head of marketing, explains how G-Cloud 10 should be a catalyst for innovative solutions and not a source of complacency. It was Margaret Thatcher who once said, “you can’t buck the market.” On that occasion...
  • 04/06/2018Targets and tribulations

    David Willett, corporate director at The Open University, walks us through the university’s research into the apprenticeship levy, as well as its flexible approach to learning on-the-job. The UK is in a precarious position. Despite some...
  • 30/04/2018The legacy of Grenfell

    PSE’s Seamus McDonnell looks at the reactions of councils and the government to the Grenfell Tower fire, from the immediate aftermath to the most recent developments. In March this year, the Metropolitan Police announced that one of Grenfell...
  • 27/04/2018Inquiry warns of ‘lack of transparency’ around child sexual abuse failures

    There has been a “lack of transparency” around some leaders’ lack of transparency on the failure of their institutions to protect children from sexual abuse, it has been revealed. The Independent inquiry into child sexual abuse has...
  • 23/04/2018Are we moving closer to health equality?

    Reporting from the LGA’s Annual Public Health Conference 2018, PSE’s Sacha Rowlands considers the age-old question: are longer lives necessarily better lives, or do we still have some way to go to achieve true health equality? This year...
  • 03/04/2018Is your organisation considering a spend recovery audit?

    ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Hannah Bennett, marketing executive at Audit Partnership, the latest named supplier on the Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS’s) Spend Analysis and Recovery Services II framework, provides an insight into spend...
  • 26/03/2018Using Software Asset Management as a key enabler for GDPR compliance

    Ben Eagling, of License Dashboard, looks into why it is so important for public sector organisations to be able to account for their technology assets in order to fall in line with incoming GDPR regulations. The EU General Data Protection Regulation...
  • 19/03/2018Making a mission impossible, possible

    XMA, one of the UK’s leading providers of technology products, services and solutions to the public sector, discovers how it really is possible to save energy, money – the world, even – one monitor at a time… Your mission...
  • 19/03/2018Software asset management in the education sector

    Ben Eagling of License Dashboard discusses the advantages of using Software Asset Management (SAM) in the education sector to ensure compliance in both higher and further education. When compared to businesses, software...
  • 16/03/2018Using SAM to seal the (best) deal

    Ben Eagling of Phoenix Software discusses the importance of using Software Asset Management (SAM) in contract renewals to improve planning and save money through preparation. Effective Software Asset Management (SAM) ensures no...
  • 09/03/2018Building SAM into every cloud project

     Craig Taylor of Phoenix Software discusses the importance of considering Software Asset Management (SAM) at every stage of your cloud migration to better monitor costs, manage the project, and maintain compliance. Change...
  • 22/01/2018How can cost-conscious organisations benefit from an imaginative provider?

    Advertisement feature Rafael Cortes, head of marketing at Foehn, discusses what cloud service providers can do to deliver innovative solutions for their clients. At some time or other, we’ve all met those over-used phrases that have been...
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High Court allows London council to fine and imprison illegal campers

17/08/2018High Court allows London council to fine and imprison illegal campers

A council has successfully obtained a High Court injunction allowing it to use greater powers – from fines and asset seizure to imprisonment and – against illegal travellers in the regio more >
Northamptonshire report to propose splitting region into two unitaries

17/08/2018Northamptonshire report to propose splitting region into two unitaries

A report on the future of the debt-ridden Northamptonshire region due to be published this afternoon will likely recommend replacing all eight local authorities with two unitary councils. Publi more >
Council forced to apologise after telling ‘intimidating’ football fans they were unwelcome

16/08/2018Council forced to apologise after telling ‘intimidating’ football fans they were unwelcome

A Lancashire council has apologised after sending a letter that stated football fans “will no longer be welcome” in the town centre for daytime matches. In a letter sent to Sheffiel more >
Northamptonshire to sell education centre ahead of plans for unitary council shake-up

16/08/2018Northamptonshire to sell education centre ahead of plans for unitary council shake-up

Northamptonshire County Council’s cabinet has agreed to sell its Longtown Outdoor Education Centre in an attempt to tackle a £70m budget shortfall, just a day before a report on the futu more >
Council halts non-urgent spending in bid to tackle ‘significant financial challenges’

16/08/2018Council halts non-urgent spending in bid to tackle ‘significant financial challenges’

Torbay Council has announced an immediate moratorium on spending as it tries to deal with financial trouble and a predicted £2.8m overspend at the end of March next year.  The counci more >
Councillor who described homosexuality as ‘immoral and wrong’ is suspended

15/08/2018Councillor who described homosexuality as ‘immoral and wrong’ is suspended

A Monmouthshire county councillor has been suspended for claiming that homosexuality is “unnatural, perverted, immoral and wrong.” Cllr Graham Down, an independent councillor for th more >

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Don’t horse around! Council finds new home for house-bound pony

13/08/2018Don’t horse around! Council finds new home for house-bound pony

A council that took four years in a legal wrangle to remove a pony from an Isle of Lewis house may have found the four-legged beast a new home. Western Isles council removed Grey Lady Too – a Connemara pony that was taken into the home by pensioner Stephanie Noble on Christmas Eve in 20 more >
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Modern policing: the future is bright

06/08/2018Modern policing: the future is bright

SPONSORED INTERVIEW The public sector, and... more >
Michael King: Time for Ombudsman reform

06/08/2018Michael King: Time for Ombudsman reform

Michael King first joined the Local Governmen... more >
Helping a city understand itself

06/08/2018Helping a city understand itself

SPONSORED INTERVIEW The urban landscape is... more >
Data at the heart of digital transformation

03/04/2018Data at the heart of digital transformation

SPONSORED INTERVIEW Grant Caley, UK & ... more >

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A new era of opportunity for the north

13/08/2018A new era of opportunity for the north

It’s time to stop seeing tran... more >
Council mergers: little gain, less democratic

13/08/2018Council mergers: little gain, less democratic

Dr Linze Schaap, associate professo... more >
Creating a council cloud-first approach

13/08/2018Creating a council cloud-first approach

Georgina Maratheftis, programme man... more >
The strength of districts

13/08/2018The strength of districts

Cllr Isobel Darby, member lead for ... 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 >