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‘Once-in-a-generation’ £600m devolution deal for North of Tyne

02/11/2018‘Once-in-a-generation’ £600m devolution deal for North of Tyne

Ministers have signed a £600m devolution deal for the North of Tyne in a “once-in-a-generation” transferring of devolved power and investment to a new combined authority. The Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry signed the more >
Local authorities given set dates for financial settlements

25/10/2018Local authorities given set dates for financial settlements

The date that councils will receive their local government finance settlement for 2019-20 has been announced as 6 December. This follows the announcement by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government that they will aim for loc more >
500 jobs could go as city council eyes 5% tax hike to tackle £28m deficit

11/10/2018500 jobs could go as city council eyes 5% tax hike to tackle £28m deficit

Up to 500 jobs are at risk at Wolverhampton and residents face a council tax rise of 4.99% in what has been described as “the most significant financial challenge the council has ever faced.” The local authority faces a budget defi more >

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  • 12/10/2018IfG: Unpopular funding reform decisions ahead as easiest council cuts have already been made

    The easiest savings across the public sector have already been made and choices of where to cut corners are getting increasingly harder, meaning the government will soon have to face tough decisions on the future of public service financing. In this...
  • 08/10/2018Artificial intelligence: Is it really worth it?

    Hugo D’Ulisse, technical director, public sector at SAS UK & Ireland, outlines the top issues you’ll need to consider for making AI a success When it comes to AI, it feels like the UK has entered into a sprint to the top. In the...
  • 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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Local government has been ‘gutted’ according to UN’s report on UK poverty

20/11/2018Local government has been ‘gutted’ according to UN’s report on UK poverty

A United Nations report looking at poverty in the UK has identified cuts to local government as one of the many causes of poverty across the country. Professor Philip Alston, United Nations Spe more >
MPs slam government for ‘lack of leadership’ in cyber security

20/11/2018MPs slam government for ‘lack of leadership’ in cyber security

MPs on the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy have slammed the government for “the absence of political leadership” in dealing with the threat of cyber-attacks. The t more >
Trafford names new CEO after Grant swaps northern council for Northamptonshire

20/11/2018Trafford names new CEO after Grant swaps northern council for Northamptonshire

The chief executive role at Trafford Council, which had been left vacant after former boss Theresa Grant stepped down in July when the Labour Party took control of the authority, has now been filled more >
Council leader loses no-confidence vote after public ‘lost faith’ in local Labour Party

19/11/2018Council leader loses no-confidence vote after public ‘lost faith’ in local Labour Party

The leader of Hartlepool Borough Council is facing calls to resign after a vote of no confidence was overwhelmingly passed against him. Cllr Christopher Akers-Belcher, who became leader in 2013 more >
Costs of caring for adults with learning disabilities to rise by £2bn for councils by 2025

19/11/2018Costs of caring for adults with learning disabilities to rise by £2bn for councils by 2025

A surge in the number of adults with severe disabilities and an increase in the cost of care could see council’s expenses increase by £2bn by 2025, putting their long-term survival at ri more >
PFI is gone, but the need for private money will not disappear

19/11/2018PFI is gone, but the need for private money will not disappear

Alan Bermingham, policy manager at CIPFA, analyses the government’s decision to abolish future use of PFI/PF2 funding arrangements. Many people were caught by surprise when the chancello more >

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PFI is gone, but the need for private money will not disappear

19/11/2018PFI is gone, but the need for private money will not disappear

Alan Bermingham, policy manager at CIPFA, analyses the government’s decision to abolish future use of PFI/PF2 funding arrangements. Many people were caught by surprise when the chancellor announced PFI/PF2 contacts will not be used for future projects, effectively abolishing a funding more >
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The digital buying community is live

12/11/2018The digital buying community is live

Many of the requirements from buyer... more >
A force to be reckoned with

12/11/2018A force to be reckoned with

The South Bank plan, which refers t... more >
Less for less: the risk of 'core offers'

12/11/2018Less for less: the risk of 'core offers'

As councils across England struggle... more >
A two-speed England

05/11/2018A two-speed England

Central government needs to change ... 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 >