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Right to Buy extension policy is 'entirely speculative' and unclear

29/04/2016Right to Buy extension policy is 'entirely speculative' and unclear

In yet another harsh blow to the government’s flagship Housing and Planning Bill, the Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has dismissed plans to extend Right to Buy to housing associati... more >
Councils failing to support children with mental health problems, say MPs

28/04/2016Councils failing to support children with mental health problems, say MPs

Looked-after children with mental health problems are being failed by local authorities and health services, according to a new report from the Education Select Committee. The report found t... more >
Departments told to ‘get a grip’ on temporary staffing spend

25/04/2016Departments told to ‘get a grip’ on temporary staffing spend

All government departments are required to immediately adopt a new standard for agreements with temporary staff and consultants and produce five-year workforce plans by the end of the year in ord... more >

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South Yorkshire police face further questions after Hillsborough verdict

28/04/2016South Yorkshire police face further questions after Hillsborough verdict

The suspension of the chief constable of South Yorkshire police force after a jury ruled that the 96 Liverpool supporters who died in a crush 27 years ago were killed unlawfully is opening the fo... 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 >