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Dorset council merger strengthened as authority withdraws opposition

14/12/2017Dorset council merger strengthened as authority withdraws opposition

Purbeck District Council is to withdraw its opposition to the reorganisation of Dorset’s councils. This week the council has agreed to write to Sajid Javid, communities and local government secretary, to inform him of its decision. The co more >
Staffordshire council CEO suspended following general election controversy

28/11/2017Staffordshire council CEO suspended following general election controversy

Two officers from Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council have been suspended following the results of a review into almost 1,500 people who were unable to vote in the general election. The constituency – which saw the successful Labour MP more >
Second devo deal for West Midlands approved as more finally on the way

22/11/2017Second devo deal for West Midlands approved as more finally on the way

The government has agreed a second devolution deal “in principle” with the West Midlands mayor and combined authority to address local productivity barriers, and has also committed to looking into further devo deals across the country. more >
Government must encourage council scrutiny ‘culture change’

15/12/2017Government must encourage council scrutiny ‘culture change’

The government has to encourage a c... more >
London council to cut sick pay in cash-saving bid

15/12/2017London council to cut sick pay in cash-saving bid

A London council has proposed to stop... more >
Burnham announces major 2018 GMCA transport overhaul

14/12/2017Burnham announces major 2018 GMCA transport overhaul

The mayor of Greater Manchester, An... more >
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  • 14/12/2017Driving inclusive growth in the West Midlands

    PSE’s Josh Mines reports from the Social Value Conference 2017, where mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street explained how social value is benefitting his region. One of the values behind the combined authorities that have been set up over the...
  • 14/12/2017The King’s Fund Annual Conference 2017: looking to the future

    PSE’s Seamus McDonnell reports from the King’s Fund Annual Conference 2017 in London, which covered the latest developments in integration, prevention, and the future of health and social care during 29-30 November. Against the backdrop...
  • 13/12/2017National Social Value Conference 2017: Doing something revolutionary

    At a time when local government is looking to squeeze extra value from procurement, original thinking can make all the difference. PSE’s Josh Mines reports from the National Social Value Conference 2017, where delegates heard all about the...
  • 11/12/2017Public sector cyber security needs to fight back

    Getting security wrong during the transition from paper to digital could mean a loss of public confidence in new services, argues Graeme Stewart, director of public sector at Fortinet UK&I. From ransomware attacks against the NHS, to...
  • 08/12/2017Tracing next of kin

    Chief executive of Hoopers Genealogists, Kevin Edmondson, reflects on how the increasing number of public health funerals and recent changes to the Government Legal Department’s (GLD’s) policy on unclaimed estates affect the public sector...
  • 13/11/2017Visual.ONS: How to compete with the big data aggregators

    Advertisement feature By Christopher Gallagher, Public Sector, SAS.  I have been really impressed by Visual.ONS from the Office of National Statistics. – the team at the Office for National Statistics. They are responsible for exploring...
  • 10/11/2017Social value: A fresh way of approaching investment

    In an age of austerity, council leaders are always looking to squeeze everything they can from finite budgets. Trafford Council CEO Theresa Grant explains to PSE’s Josh Mines how social value can offer local authorities an innovative new way to...
  • 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 the Social Value Act 2012 is transforming the relationship...
  • 11/09/2017Make the census meaningful again

    Christopher Gallagher, Public Sector – SAS, reveals the key to building richer pictures of society and the economy faster, more accurately and at a lower cost. As someone who is passionate about the role data plays in society, I fully...
  • 30/08/2017Time to revisit community engagement and rebuild trust

    The Grenfell Tower disaster revealed a number of sizeable flaws in building health and safety regulations in the UK. PSE’s Josh Mines talks to Dr Karen McDonnell, occupational health and safety policy adviser at the Royal Society for the...
  • 30/08/2017An opportunity or a self-inflicted wound?

    A year after the UK voted to leave the EU and months since Article 50 was triggered, it’s still unclear what direction Brexit is going to take. PSE’s Josh Mines reports from the Public Sector Show about what the opportunities and...
  • 28/08/2017Who is health devolution for?

    The general consensus in local government is that health localism is a force for good. But have we taken a moment to listen to the voices of the people outside town halls? PSE reports. Simon Stevens is one of the few national health leaders who...
  • 28/08/2017Local solutions to local problems

    PSE’s Josh Mines reports from Public Sector Show 2017, where DCLG director general for local government and public services Jo Farrar (pictured) discussed the importance of localism in driving integration and sustainability in...
  • 23/08/2017Developing a diverse Civil Service

    A number of factors are placing increasing strain on the Civil Service and wider public sector. But speaking at the Public Sector Show, Rupert McNeil (pictured), chief people officer at the Cabinet Office, claims that we should also see the...
  • 21/08/2017A more promising system shake-up?

    Over the years, the NHS has become known for its love of restructuring. But are sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) promising enough to stick around? PSE’s Luana Salles reports. For almost 30 years, the NHS has worked on the...
  • 21/08/2017Now more than ever we need long-term strategic economic management

    While the government still deliberates the feedback to its industrial strategy consultation, the independent Industrial Strategy Commission has identified a number of key foundational themes to make it a success. PSE’s David Stevenson...
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Whole of government must act together to fulfil the ambition of the Industrial Strategy

11/12/2017Whole of government must act together to fulfil the ambition of the Industrial Strategy

Jen Rae, head of innovation policy at Nesta, says the aims in the government’s new Industrial Strategy are ambitious, but will require a shift in policymaking in order to be realised in full. Last Monday saw the long-awaited launch of the UK’s new Industrial Strategy, the governme more >
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Are we taking a risk on education?

14/12/2017Are we taking a risk on education?

Adrian Prandle, director of economic strategy... more >
A fantastic opportunity awaits you

11/12/2017A fantastic opportunity awaits you

Eight months on from the government’s a... more >
This is Manchester, we do things differently here

10/12/2017This is Manchester, we do things differently here

Joanne Roney OBE, chief executive of Manchest... more >
Andy Burnham: the crisis unfolding in front of our eyes

10/12/2017Andy Burnham: the crisis unfolding in front of our eyes

With homelessness on the rise across the coun... more >

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Introducing the Facilities Management Marketplace

14/12/2017Introducing the Facilities Management Marketplace

The new Facilities Management (FM) ... more >
Meet Pepper, the social care robot

14/12/2017Meet Pepper, the social care robot

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has... more >
Quality, not quantity, is what matters

14/12/2017Quality, not quantity, is what matters

Luke Sibieta, research fellow at th... more >
NCSC: A new and adventurous agenda

11/12/2017NCSC: A new and adventurous agenda

Ciaran Martin, chief executive of t... more >

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25/10/2017Take a moment to celebrate

Devolution, restructuring and widespread service reform: from a journalist’s perspective, it’s never been a more exciting time to report on the public sector. That’s why I could not be more thrilled to be taking over the reins at PSE at this key juncture. There could not be a feature that more perfectly encapsulates this feeling of imminent change than the article James Palmer, mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, has penned for us on p28. In it, he highlights... 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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