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Finance settlement: transitional cash for revenue grant phase-out

09/02/2016Finance settlement: transitional cash for revenue grant phase-out

Councils across England have had a significant share of their concerns addressed as communities secretary Greg Clark MP confirmed he will provide transitional cash to help authorities concerned a... more >
Public sector pay cap brings wages to lowest level in 25 years

08/02/2016Public sector pay cap brings wages to lowest level in 25 years

The government’s intention to give most public sector workers a 1% pay rise every year “may prove difficult to sustain” and will create difficulties for employers trying to recr... more >
Council leaders call for fully funded concessionary bus fares

04/02/2016Council leaders call for fully funded concessionary bus fares

Fears raised by new research about upcoming £27m cuts to local bus services have prompted new calls from council leaders for fully funded concessionary fares. The research, from the Ca... more >

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Why metro-mayors matter to the devolution agenda

08/02/2016Why metro-mayors matter to the devolution agenda

In five years we might be asking not whether metro-mayors are too powerful, but whether they are powerful enough, argues Alexandra Jones, chief executive of the Centre for Cities think tank, in t... more >
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TfN aims to take the burden off under-pressure councils

14/12/2015TfN aims to take the burden off under-pressure councils

David Brown, the recently appointed chief exe... more >
A more unified approach needed for devolution: Lord Kerslake

08/12/2015A more unified approach needed for devolution: Lord Kerslake

Lord Kerslake, who chairs the All-Party Parli... more >
‘LGA will have to earn its corn’: Interview with Mark Lloyd

03/12/2015‘LGA will have to earn its corn’: Interview with Mark Lloyd

Mark Lloyd, the new CEO at the Local Governme... more >
Single-word judgements ‘inappropriate’ for complex children’s services

13/10/2015Single-word judgements ‘inappropriate’ for complex children’s services

Alison O’Sullivan, president of the Ass... more >

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Tackling fuel poverty – a partnership approach

22/12/2015Tackling fuel poverty – a partnership approach

Christine Tate, head of corporate s... more >
Academisation: The rhetoric and the reality

21/12/2015Academisation: The rhetoric and the reality

Independent schools adviser Stephen... more >
National procurement strategy – one year on

18/12/2015National procurement strategy – one year on

Cllr David Simmonds CBE, who chairs... more >
Transforming empty homes into affordable alternatives

18/12/2015Transforming empty homes into affordable alternatives

Helen Williams, chief executive of ... more >

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01/12/2015Public notice

As PSE was going to press, we were still awaiting the local government financial settlement. This has rarely made for happy reading in recent years.  With the number of rabbits-pulled-out-of-hats that George Osborne managed in the Spending Review, perhaps we should be more confident than usual about what the DCLG and Treasury have in store for local authorities, and the citizens who depend on and make use of their services?  Or perhaps not. This government and its... read more >

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What’s needed to make public services more responsive to local needs?

What’s needed to make public services more responsive to local needs?

Nehal Davison (pictured), senior researcher at the Institute for Government, discusses how a new project will explore what attempts have been mad... more > more last word articles >