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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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NAO:  Decisive action needed to keep at-risk road investment projects afloat

23/03/2017NAO: Decisive action needed to keep at-risk road investment projects afloat

Key projects in the government’s road investment strategy are at risk of cancellation if “decisive action” is not taken by the ... more >
London councils join Design Council scheme to address major social issues

22/03/2017London councils join Design Council scheme to address major social issues

Councils in London will work with design experts as part of a new programme aiming to help authorities address problems with homelessness, homeca... more >
Localis: Industrial reform must be driven and led at local level

22/03/2017Localis: Industrial reform must be driven and led at local level

The government’s industrial strategy should be driven and led at a local level by handing space and powers to leaders to allow them to dict... more >

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21/02/2017Untapped potential

As PSE went to press, the government had just released its Industrial Strategy green paper, which has an ambitious aim to “improve living standards and economic growth by increasing productivity and driving growth across the whole country”.  Overall, the strategy was welcomed across the public sector. However, as you&rsqu... read more >

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Parliament cannot solve homelessness through legislation alone

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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 >
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Why opening up procurement matters to the UK public sector

22/03/2017Why opening up procurement matters to the UK public sector

Rob Levene, managing director of Bloom, explains why opening up procurement is important to the UK public sector.  Procuring products and services by the UK public sector is big business. The central government procurement budget is estimated to be worth £40bn. So it is no surprise that procurement is a subject that generates a... more >
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Time to embrace change

01/03/2017Time to embrace change

The way we work is changing. As a profession, we must be ready to embrace it, writes James Driver on behalf of the Association for Project Manage... more >
Digital Marketplace: reaching far and wide in the public sector

01/03/2017Digital Marketplace: reaching far and wide in the public sector

Over the next few months, the Government Digital Service (GDS) wants to get a better understanding of how local government and the wider public s... more >
The challenges for innovative procurement

27/02/2017The challenges for innovative procurement

Malcolm Harbour CBE, who wrote Parliament’s first report on innovation in public procurement in 2008 and now chairs the LGA Task and Finish... more >
Glasgow points the way forward for IoT future

27/02/2017Glasgow points the way forward for IoT future

Dr Mark Begbie, business development director at CENSIS, the Scottish Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems, explores how Glasgow is l... more >

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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 >
Solace president mandate: Champion diversity and celebrate great public services

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Jo Miller, the recently-elected president of Solace, talks to PSE about the need for championing great public services and ensuring inclusion at ... more >
The secret to the success of one public estate

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Central government has faced strong criticism of its many estate schemes in recent years, but one in particular seems to steer clear of the backl... more >

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