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Northamptonshire CC members vote in favour of unitary proposals

28/08/2018Northamptonshire CC members vote in favour of unitary proposals

Councillors at Northamptonshire County Council have voted in favour of proposals to create a unitary authority at its full council meeting today. The financially-struggling authority has had to make ‘radical’ cuts to services in or 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. 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 >

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  • 10/09/2018Make more of your local government digital transformation with Intelligent Connectivity

    Local authority budgets are being squeezed. Demand for services is rising. Meanwhile, today’s citizens expect more. In fact, 48% want a simpler and cleaner experience from local government digital services. Forward-thinking organisations are...
  • 10/09/2018Make more of your digital transformation with Intelligent Connectivity

    We believe in building better public services in the UK. Through people, places and ideas. Aligned with the Cabinet Office’s ‘Smarter working’ theme, we want to improve how people work together, where they work and what they use to...
  • 03/09/2018Cloud communications: making the case for investment in cost-saving technology

    Any new cloud system you adopt will become the beating heart of your business operations for years to come. It is therefore crucial to choose a long-term, trusted partner to help you along the way, writes Rafael Cortes, head of marketing at...
  • 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...
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Council controversially begins first monthly bin collection in England and Wales

25/09/2018Council controversially begins first monthly bin collection in England and Wales

Monthly bin collections have been introduced for the first time in England and Wales by Conwy County Council, despite major complaints from residents over piles of waste, rats and fly-tipping. more >
Nottinghamshire leader hits back: ‘We’re the most transparent and open council there is’

25/09/2018Nottinghamshire leader hits back: ‘We’re the most transparent and open council there is’

The leader of Nottinghamshire County Council has hit back against claims that the authority lacks transparency, claiming that the council is “the most open and transparent council there is.&rd more >
Exclusive: Notts leader rejects calls for council merger referendum, public decision due in May

25/09/2018Exclusive: Notts leader rejects calls for council merger referendum, public decision due in May

The leader of Nottinghamshire County Council has rejected calls from opposing councillors to put potential merger plans to a referendum, arguing that it could lead to opposing organisations attempti more >
Somerset council criticises financial resiliency index and media speculation on its finances

24/09/2018Somerset council criticises financial resiliency index and media speculation on its finances

Somerset County Council has expressed their concerns over the proposed financial resiliency index scheme, saying that “having a relative ranking of all authorities” will not improve anyo more >
Edinburgh council plans out £30m cuts to tackle four-year £106m black hole

24/09/2018Edinburgh council plans out £30m cuts to tackle four-year £106m black hole

Edinburgh Council have announced a wave of consultations and set out their four-year plan to tackle their budget gap and growing strains on services. The council are seeking resident’s vi more >
Cash-strapped Somerset council might still fail to set ‘sustainable budget’ despite massive cuts

24/09/2018Cash-strapped Somerset council might still fail to set ‘sustainable budget’ despite massive cuts

Somerset County Council might still fail to make sufficient savings to establish a “sustainable budget” even after the latest wave of major cuts were agreed last week. On the 12 Sep more >

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Social value: what is it and why?

14/09/2018Social value: what is it and why?

Ben Carpenter, chief executive of Social Value UK, discusses the worth of social value, and argues that, before we start measuring social value, we should ask clearly: what is it, and why? Social value is so much more than a value for money exercise. If you see social value as simply a new c more >
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Michael King: Time for Ombudsman reform

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

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Helping a city understand itself

06/08/2018Helping a city understand itself

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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 >
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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Crown Commercial Service: Travel solutions on track

10/09/2018Crown Commercial Service: Travel solutions on track

Katrina Williams, head of travel at... more >
LEPs need to do more for England's countryside

10/09/2018LEPs need to do more for England's countryside

Paul Miner, head of strategic plans... more >
What about social care?

10/09/2018What about social care?

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, chairman of the... more >
Re-evaluating public service reforms

10/09/2018Re-evaluating public service reforms

Chris Painter, professor emeritus a... 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 >