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DCLG returns most powers to Rotherham council

22.03.17: Most decision-making powers will now be returned to Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council by the DCLG, a statement by communities secretary Sajid Javid has announced.  Around two years ago, in February 2015, the government put in plac...

More than 98% of authorities to join national auditor appointment scheme

15.03.17: Around 98% of authorities, or 483 out of 492 authorities in the UK, have agreed to join the national auditor appointment scheme, according to news released by LGA. The scheme, which will be run by Public Sector Audit Appointments Ltd (PSAA)...

Met accused of ‘major failings’ in probing Tower Hamlets corruption scandal

13.03.17: The London Metropolitan Police has been accused of “major failings” in investigating election corruption by the Tower Hamlets mayor, as the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee called for a new review into the police’s in...

PAC: Government must ‘raise its game’ on cyber security

03.02.17: The government must recruit more skilled staff to handle rapidly growing threats to the country’s cyber security, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has said. In its latest report, the committee said that the government has dilly-dal...

MPs to probe council scrutiny arrangements after high-profile scandals

25.01.17: The Communities and Local Government (CLG) committee has launched an inquiry into how the actions of local government are overviewed and scrutinised. The committee will consider how effectively overview and scrutiny arrangements are working...

Rob Behrens approved as Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

23.01.17: The new Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) has been named as Rob Behrens. Behrens, who was selected from a shortlist of five candidates, was approved for the role in a pre-appointment hearing held by two parliamentary select...

Tower Hamlets mayor praises ‘vote of confidence’ as DCLG returns grant-making powers

18.01.17: The communities secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed the start of a ‘phased’ return of powers to Tower Hamlets council, enabling councillors to once again award grants to local not-for-profit organisations for the first time since Dec...

Michael King confirmed as new Local Government Ombudsman

11.01.17: Michael King’s appointment as the new Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) has been confirmed by the communities and local government secretary, Sajid Javid. King is replacing Dr Jane Martin, who plans to retire, as head of the body respo...

NAO warns HMRC against ‘uncertainty’ caused by office closures

10.01.17: HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) staff may have to move long distances in order to keep their jobs as part of its ongoing reorganisation, and will inevitably increase uncertainty among the workforce,  the government spending watchdog has found...

LGO: Councils cannot ‘contract out accountability’ for care home services

05.01.17: The Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) has urged councils to hold social care providers accountable after complaints that an elderly woman lost one-third of her body weight in a care home run by Wokingham Borough Council. The woman, Mrs X, wh...

Rotherham council regains control of taxi licensing powers

14.12.16: The DCLG has handed back licensing powers to Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council with immediate effect in a move welcomed by the local authority. The communities secretary Sajid Javid wrote to the council’s chief executive yesterda...

NAO slams CCS for ‘severely’ underestimating joint buying difficulties

13.12.16: Central government has not achieved value for money from Crown Commercial Service (CCS) deals, with the Cabinet Office “severely” underestimating the difficulty of implementing joint buying practices across government, the National A...

Legislation published to create single Public Service Ombudsman

06.12.16: The Local Government Ombudsman and the Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman will be abolished and replaced with a single Public Service Ombudsman under draft legislation laid before Parliament. The government agreed to the proposal f...

Scotland’s local authorities face ‘bleak future’, says spending watchdog

29.11.16: Many Scottish councils risk exhausting their reserves unless they successfully balance continued deep cuts to services and rising demand, the nation’s local government watchdog has said. In its 2016-17 financial overview, the Accounts...

Cabinet Office reveals ‘disappointing’ decrease in tackling social housing fraud

07.11.16: The number of social housing properties recovered from ineligible tenants is declining, the Cabinet Office has warned in the 2016 National Fraud Initiative (NFI) report. The report said that there had been a “disappointing” 37%...

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Switch to Universal Credit doubles number of referrals to foodbanks

25/04/2017Switch to Universal Credit doubles number of referrals to foodbanks

Areas where Universal Credit has been rolled out to single people, couples and families have seen a 16.85% increase in the number of people being... more >
Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

25/04/2017Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

Ahead of this year’s mayoral elections, Lord Kerslake, the former head of the Civil Service, tells PSE’s David Stevenson why the argu... more >
Public sector can lead the UK to an ultra-low emission future

25/04/2017Public sector can lead the UK to an ultra-low emission future

Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, explains why the public sector has the potential to shape and accelerate the UK automotive market to be entire... more >

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11/04/2017A watershed moment in British politics

The government has now officially triggered Article 50, formally starting the process of Britain’s exit from the EU. How this will affect local government, the wider public sector and the Civil Service remains to be seen, but the likelihood of it being plain sailing with the enormity of the task ahead seems rather unlikely.  It... read more >

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Parliament cannot solve homelessness through legislation alone

Parliament cannot solve homelessness through legislation alone

Cllr Michelle Lowe, deputy leader and cabinet member for housing and health at Sevenoaks District Council, argues that if the government is really serious about combating homelessness they will w... more > more last word articles >
60 seconds with… local growth minister Andrew Percy

10/04/201760 seconds with… local growth minister Andrew Percy

How will the DCLG be promoting this year’s mayoral elections? As we gear up to devolve crucial powers and funding to six of the country’s regions, we’ve created a campaign to h... more >
Bournemouth BC to pay out £400,000 as CEO position made redundant

03/04/2017Bournemouth BC to pay out £400,000 as CEO position made redundant

Bournemouth Borough Council have formally voted to remove the chief executive role from the council, and will pay out almost £400,000 to the outgoing CEO in costs including a £63,000 ... more >

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Engaging voters ahead of May’s elections

24/04/2017Engaging voters ahead of May’s elections

Emma Hartley, head of campaigns at the Electoral Commission, discusses the importance of a collaborative approach to engage voters ahead of this year’s elections.  It’s vital that voters can easily participate in every type of election so that democracy can work. One of the challenges for the Electoral Commission when new... more >
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Public sector can lead the UK to an ultra-low emission future

25/04/2017Public sector can lead the UK to an ultra-low emission future

Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, explains why the public sector has the potential to shape and accelerate the UK automotive market to be entire... more >
Employee financial wellbeing in the public sector

25/04/2017Employee financial wellbeing in the public sector

Charles Cotton, performance and reward adviser to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), analyses the financial wellbeing o... more >
Wigan Council: embracing digital transformation

25/04/2017Wigan Council: embracing digital transformation

Alison McKenzie-Folan, deputy chief executive, director customer transformation at Wigan Council, explains why local authorities, as digital lead... more >
Oxfordshire devolution will boost UK economy

21/04/2017Oxfordshire devolution will boost UK economy

Peter Sloman, chief executive of Oxford City Council, argues that pursuing devolution rather than restructuring local government in the county is... more >

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Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

25/04/2017Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

Ahead of this year’s mayoral elections, Lord Kerslake, the former head of the Civil Service, tells PSE’s David Stevenson why the argu... more >
New social care funding misses the point

13/04/2017New social care funding misses the point

Clive Betts MP, chair of the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee, reflects on the social care funding released in this year’s ... more >
Leading transformational change through procurement

01/03/2017Leading transformational change through procurement

Liz Welton, chair of the Society of Procurement Officers in Local Government (SOPO), tells PSE’s David Stevenson why there are lots of oppo... more >
McMahon: I worry that the public are not part of the devolution conversation

20/12/2016McMahon: I worry that the public are not part of the devolution conversation

Jim McMahon, Labour’s shadow minister for local government and devolution, talks to PSE’s David Stevenson about the need to radically... more >

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