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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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South Tyneside Council could be lumped with £7.6m PFI bill if closure of ‘inadequate’ school goes ahead

16/11/2018South Tyneside Council could be lumped with £7.6m PFI bill if closure of ‘inadequate’ school goes ahead

A South Shields council could be burdened with a massive £7.6m PFI bill if a poorly-rated secondary school in the area is forced to close, it has been revealed. South Tyneside Council is more >
Council to axe finance director as part of bid to plug £35m budget shortfall

16/11/2018Council to axe finance director as part of bid to plug £35m budget shortfall

Staffordshire County Council is to cut its own senior leadership team as the authority tries to tackle a £35m funding gap in its budget. The number of directors on its leadership team wil more >
Cumbria council mulls over plans for major ‘one-stop-shop’ local government reshuffle

16/11/2018Cumbria council mulls over plans for major ‘one-stop-shop’ local government reshuffle

Council members at Cumbria County Council debated yesterday the possibility of abolishing their current local government structure in favour of a much larger, single unitary council in its place. more >
Northamptonshire County Council: Another commissioner on the way after huge decline in children’s services

15/11/2018Northamptonshire County Council: Another commissioner on the way after huge decline in children’s services

Communities secretary James Brokenshire has decided to appoint an additional commissioner to the team already in place at Northamptonshire County Council as a result of Ofsted’s latest inspect more >
Bristol City Council declares ‘climate emergency’ and backs total carbon neutrality by 2030

15/11/2018Bristol City Council declares ‘climate emergency’ and backs total carbon neutrality by 2030

Bristol City Council has declared a “climate emergency” and has unanimously backed a commitment to make the city carbon neutral by 2030. In its latest Full Council meeting, Green co more >
‘No easy options left’: Suffolk council proposes cutting jobs and services to save £11m in 2019

15/11/2018‘No easy options left’: Suffolk council proposes cutting jobs and services to save £11m in 2019

Suffolk County Council is set to cut service spending and jobs as part of an £11.2m savings package in its proposed budget for 2019-20. The proposals will be examined by the council&rsquo more >

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Social value in public procurement

12/11/2018Social value in public procurement

Rose Lasko-Skinner, researcher at Reform, is currently working on a paper looking at choice and competition in the public sector and has written on how failure to understand risk makes for poor procurement practices. Here, she discusses the importance of social value. The “state of cris 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 >