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New evidence supports need for noise pollution policy

20.11.19: More than 100 different species’ survival is being threatened as a result of noise pollution, according to researchers from Queen’s University Belfast. Amphibians, arthropods, birds, fish, mammals, molluscs and reptiles have sho...

Birmingham City Council secure order against street cruising for an additional three years

30.10.19: The order which was first secured in 2016 by Birmingham City Council is now valid until September 1st 2022 meaning street cruising is banned for a further three years. The definition of street cruising is a congregation of drivers of 2 or m...

Outdoor workers at risk of air pollution according to new research

23.10.19: British Safety Council has responded to research from King’s College London which illustrates a direct link between air pollution and health emergencies. They are now calling for more work needed on the effects of exposure on outdoor...

NSPCC: Working together to improve the support available for children who have been sexually abused

08.10.19: Hayley Clark, the acting head of development and impact at the NSPCC, talks about the significant gap in support services for children who have been sexually abused and the Home Office’s new framework for commissioners. The complex an...

Tower Hamlets' children’s services achieves ‘remarkable turnaround’ in Ofsted review

23.07.19: Tower Hamlets Council’s children’s service has jumped two grades and achieved a ‘good’ rating from Ofsted after inspectors found a “transformed culture” and “remarkable progress.” In 2017, the...

Brokenshire reveals new measures to stamp out ‘poor doors’ segregation

23.07.19: The government has pledged to ban “poor doors” to help end the segregation of social housing residents in mixed-housing developments in future builds. Communities secretary James Brokenshire announced the measures to “tack...

County council approves £153m link road amid climate change protests

16.07.19: Norwich county councillors have formally approved a new link road for the Norwich bypass, despite the environmental group Extinction Rebellion staging protests on the steps of the County Hall. The council’s cabinet committee backed a...

Extra £28m announced to alleviate pressures on councils through Controlling Migration Fund

15.07.19: Councils across England are set to receive a further £28m to help ease pressures on local services following increased migration, from alleviating rough sleeping and community integration to targeting rogue landlords. The funding boos...

Councils welcome government review of guidance for youth services

11.07.19: A review of the statutory guidance for council-provided youth services has been launched by the government. Civil society minister Mims Davies made the announcement, stating that the review will “focus on the positive role local autho...

New guidance for academy trusts to ‘crack down on excessive executive pay’

09.07.19: New guidance for setting executive pay has been published by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), suggesting trusts must be prepared to cut pay in cases of poor management. The new guidance sets out key factors that should be use...

Amey to pay Birmingham City Council £300m to exit 25-year highways maintenance contract

08.07.19: Outsourcing giant Amey has struck a deal with Birmingham City Council to pay the authority £300m to escape its troubled road maintenance deal which was worth £2.7bn. The deal will see Amey pay the city council £215m to cut...

Next phase of competition to predict cyber threats launched with £850k funding

04.07.19: The second phase of the Predictive Cyber Analytics competition has been launched by the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) in order to help develop a deployable solution to predict and counter future cyber threats. This competition is...

Northamptonshire CC delivers ‘remarkable’ multi-million underspend

04.07.19: Northamptonshire County Council has delivered a balanced budget for 2018-19 with a “remarkable” underspend of £4.5m, a £34.6m improvement compared to July 2018. Last year the cash-strapped council was twice forced to...

LGA chair Jamieson calls for higher taxes and greater freedoms for councils to tackle austerity

03.07.19: Local authorities must be given “more powers, funding” and the freedom to raise council taxes in order to tackle the widespread challenges facing councils, the new chair of the Local Government Association (LGA) has said. Speaki...

‘Exploitative’ sale of new-build houses as leaseholds outlawed by government

01.07.19: New-build houses will now be sold on a freehold basis, the government has announced, effectively outlawing the “unscrupulous practice of unnecessary leaseholds.” All future homeowners will benefit in a “bold move to tackle...

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Darlington council in £9.5m venture to build on housebuilding success

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LGA responds to report on lack of social care

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£845k in charity grants supporting disabled people in London

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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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Darlington council in £9.5m venture to build on housebuilding success

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Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet has approved the borrowing of a further £9.5m to create another housebuilding joint venture, following the success of its current schemes. Th... more >
LGA responds to report on lack of social care

05/12/2019LGA responds to report on lack of social care

Age UK has today (Dec 5) published a report on the effect of a lack of social care, citing that it has resulted in 2.5 million lost bed days in the NHS between this election (Dec 12) and the prev... more >

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Public Sector Executive’s Matt Roberts explains how living in a modern, interconnected world, as we do, means public sector organisations cannot afford to ignore the role of data. Data is all around us in the modern age. Unseen, the digital environment plays a role in near on every aspect of our lives. It influences, manages and mit... 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

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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

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Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

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Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

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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’

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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

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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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