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A fifth of public sector workers have never received a thank you from the people they serve

13.06.19: A fifth of the country’s public sector workers say they have NEVER received a ‘thank you’ for doing their job as Public Service Day approaches. Almost 5.4 million people are employed in the public sector and civil service...

Evaluating 5G, unapologetically

10.06.19: Martin Ferguson, director of policy and research at Socitm, discusses the potential of 5G in the public sector, and the need to properly assess the risks. Let’s face it. There’s something quintessentially British about apologisi...

Even ‘draconian cuts won’t be enough’ as councils face £50bn funding blackhole

22.05.19: Councils in England face a funding black hole of over £50bn across the next six years, according to a new report warning that local authorities will soon be forced to resort to providing the “bare minimum.” In the new repo...

Councils get £30m boost to look after asylum seeking children

10.05.19: The government has announced a £30m funding boost for councils looking after unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) following warnings that minors are being “left in limbo.” Immigration minister Caroline Nokes reveal...

New emergency services radio system to be at least £3bn overbudget and three years late as Home Office failings blasted by NAO

10.05.19: An overhaul of the communications system used by the UK’s emergency services will be at least £3bn overbudget and three years late, a report from the National Audit Office (NAO) has revealed. The Emergency Services Network was c...

Newham Council to save £143m after terminating risky LOBO loans with NatWest

08.05.19: Newham Council has reached a deal with NatWest to terminate a number of controversial LOBO bank-loans which will see the authority save up to £143m. The termination agreement will allow the council to pay off the lender-option, borrow...

Labour deputy calls for government inquiry into council’s planned library closures

07.05.19: The deputy leader of the Labour Party has written to the government calling for an inquiry into Essex County Council’s planned library closures. The authority plans on “drastically” reducing its services from 74 to 30 in o...

Hinds turns to headteachers for views on how to solve children’s SEND funding crisis

03.05.19: The education secretary has turned to headteachers, schools and local authorities for fresh views on children’s special needs funding after admitting schools are facing “knock-on-pressure” due to sky-rocketing demand. Spea...

Sandwell Council staff call off strike action after substantial pay rise agreed

02.05.19: The lowest-paid workers at Sandwell Council have called-off strike action after securing a ‘substantial wage rise’ following a dispute over job grading. The customer service assistants employed at the council were due to begin i...

Scottish Government faces ‘significant challenge’ in delivering new devolved welfare benefits, says auditor

02.05.19: The government has “no clear picture” of what is needed to deliver further devolved welfare benefits in Scotland and faces a “significant challenge” in the next stage of the devolution of powers, the national spending wat...

‘Starved’ children’s services need £3bn funding as cuts push councils to ‘breaking point’, say MPs

01.05.19: Children’s services in England are at “breaking point” and need a minimum funding boost of at least £3.1bn funding boost to cope with demand, MPs have warned in a parliamentary report. The Housing, Communities and Lo...

Home care giant Four Seasons goes into administration

01.05.19: One of Britain’s largest care home groups has gone into administration, putting its 17,000 residents and 22,000 jobs at risk. Two of the holding companies behind Four Seasons Health Care have appointed administrators after struggling...

Medway Council in £35m shopping centre purchase as part of major regeneration programme

30.04.19: Medway Council has acquired a high street shopping centre for £35m as part of a major regeneration programme. The unitary authority has taken over the lease of the Pentagon Shopping centre in Chatham town centre for £34.8m, and...

Headteachers told to endure ‘darkest hour’ ahead of Spending Review

30.04.19: Headteachers in England have been told to endure “the darkest hour before the dawn” until future school spending is revealed as the education secretary insists he will make a “strong case” for more funding ahead of the Sp...

Public sector and civil service club announces first female association chair in 45 years

30.04.19: Boundless, the membership club for civil service and public sector workers, has appointed its first female association chair in 45 years. Heather Glanville will lead Boundless as association chair after spending 20 years as a member and wit...

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Leeds Council install cameras to enforce Clean Air Charging Zone

27/06/2019Leeds Council install cameras to enforce Clean Air Charging Zone

Leeds City Council has begun to install camera infrastructure to monitor and enforce the Clean Air Charging Zone (CAZ). When live the z... more >
LGA praise councils for sharing services which save over £1bn

27/06/2019LGA praise councils for sharing services which save over £1bn

Councils across the UK are sharing services to cut down on costs that save the taxpayer over £1.3bn, a report from council leader shows. ... more >
techUK's Henry Rex: Fostering industry and government collaboration

26/06/2019techUK's Henry Rex: Fostering industry and government collaboration

Efforts to improve public sector access to the capabilities and expertise contained within the SME community are continuing at pace. Henry Rex, h... more >

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25/10/2017Take a moment to celebrate

Devolution, restructuring and widespread service reform: from a journalist’s perspective, it’s never been a more exciting time to report on the public sector. That’s why I could not be more thrilled to be taking over the reins at PSE at this key juncture. There could not be a feature that more perfectly encapsulates this... read 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 testing process then everything must be out in the o... more > more last word articles >
Leeds Council install cameras to enforce Clean Air Charging Zone

27/06/2019Leeds Council install cameras to enforce Clean Air Charging Zone

Leeds City Council has begun to install camera infrastructure to monitor and enforce the Clean Air Charging Zone (CAZ). When live the zone will tackle air pollution in Leeds by encourag... more >
LGA praise councils for sharing services which save over £1bn

27/06/2019LGA praise councils for sharing services which save over £1bn

Councils across the UK are sharing services to cut down on costs that save the taxpayer over £1.3bn, a report from council leader shows. The Local Government Association (LGA) hailed t... more >

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New rules to change the future of Social Value

05/06/2019New rules to change the future of Social Value

The government has announced the introduction of new rules to change the future of social value and make the way housing developers stump up the money for infrastructure both simpler and more transparent. These regulatory changes are designed to help achieve its ambition to deliver 300,000 extra homes per year by the mid-2020s.  ... more >
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Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Being on the receiving end of some “thanks” can make communit... more >
How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

19/06/2019How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

Tom Chance, director at the National Community Land Trust Network, argues that community-led initiatives are a productive way of helping to solve... more >
Aberdeen's green transport fleet attracting international attention

19/06/2019Aberdeen's green transport fleet attracting international attention

Aberdeen City Council’s hydrogen spokesperson, councillor Philip Bell, highlights the Granite City’s determination to play a leading ... more >
A fifth of public sector workers have never received a thank you from the people they serve

13/06/2019A fifth of public sector workers have never received a thank you from the people they serve

A fifth of the country’s public sector workers say they have NEVER received a ‘thank you’ for doing their job as Public Service... more >

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Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

17/12/2018Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

It’s no secret that the public sector and its service providers need to invest in technology to help make better use of their resources. Bu... more >
Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

17/12/2018Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

One of the public sector’s key technology partners has recently welcomed a new member to its team. Matt Spencer, O2’s head of public ... more >
New Dorset Councils CEO on the creation of a new unitary: ‘This is going to be the right decision for Dorset’

05/11/2018New Dorset Councils CEO on the creation of a new unitary: ‘This is going to be the right decision for Dorset’

The new chief executive of one of the new unitary authorities in Dorset has outlined his approach to culture and work with employees, arguing tha... more >
Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

15/10/2018Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

On 6 September, the biggest decision-makers of the north joined forces to celebrate and debate how to drive innovation and improvement through th... more >

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