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Watchdog slams local product recall systems as ‘not fit for purpose’

21.07.17: The UK has a “fragmented” product safety and recall system that is putting people’s lives in danger, a major consumer watchdog has this week warned. Findings from Which? stated that major changes are needed to improve the...

Councils join call for immediate review of building regulations after Grenfell fire

19.07.17: Councils have today joined other organisations in calling on the government to launch an “urgent and immediate” review of building regulations following the Grenfell Tower disaster. It follows a number of safety organisations, i...

Calls for ‘change of mindset’ on safety regulations following Grenfell fire

17.07.17: A number of influential safety organisations have called on politicians for a ‘change on mindset’ on health and safety regulation following the Grenfell Tower fire. The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the B...

DCLG to intervene in Kensington following Grenfell Tower disaster

05.07.17: The DCLG will be intervening in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) following the authority’s handling of the Grenfell Tower incident a few weeks ago. In a statement to MPs in the Commons today, communities secretary Sa...

Challenging tax complexity

30.06.17: Paul Morton, tax director at the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS), outlines the importance of his organisation’s work in bringing a systematic approach to taxation and expands on what the future holds. The OTS is the adviser to gove...

Managing fire safety ‘broken’ as tower blocks in 25 areas fail combustibility tests

26.06.17: The government has this week revealed that 60 buildings with cladding similar to Grenfell Tower across 25 local authority areas have failed combustibility tests. These include a number of areas in London, such as Barnet, Islington and Brent as w...

DCLG denies forcing out Kensington CEO following Grenfell Tower tragedy

22.06.17: The chief executive of Kensington and Chelsea council has resigned from his £187,000-a-year role after growing criticism over the local authority’s response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy. In his resignation statement, Nicholas H...

Handful of councils move to fit sprinklers on high-rises after Grenfell fire

21.06.17: A handful of local authorities have announced that they will be retrofitting sprinklers in their high-rise tower blocks in the aftermath of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire that took place last week. Sheffield City Council, Croydon Council an...

Khan calls on May to reassure ‘terrified’ high-rise residents after Grenfell fire

19.06.17: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has urgently written to the prime minister, Theresa May, outlining serious concerns with the local handling of the Grenfell Tower incident, urging her to take action to reassure and support “terrified” resi...

DCLG activates emergency disaster fund after Grenfell Tower fire

16.06.17: An emergency scheme has been activated to support the immediate response operation following the Grenfell Tower incident in West London. Called the Bellwin scheme, the fund was originally set up by DCLG to help authorities deal with the imm...

Continuing to protect the public purse

15.06.17: Following on from the success of the 2015 report, the European Institute for Combatting Corruption and Fraud (TEICCAF) published the Protecting the English Public Purse 2016 earlier this year. The report once again highlighted the excellent work...

Kensington council warned of ‘criminally lax’ safety standards years before Grenfell Tower fire

14.06.17: A fire has ripped through a council building this morning, killing at least six people and destroying the homes of hundreds more. The Grenfell Tower building, situated in Kensington in West London, is managed by the Kensington and Chelsea T...

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...

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Watchdog slams local product recall systems as ‘not fit for purpose’

21/07/2017Watchdog slams local product recall systems as ‘not fit for purpose’

The UK has a “fragmented” product safety and recall system that is putting people’s lives in danger, a major consumer watchdog ... more >
Edinburgh region given £1.1bn boost to drive investment and inclusion

21/07/2017Edinburgh region given £1.1bn boost to drive investment and inclusion

A deal worth £1.1bn to drive investment and address inclusion in the Edinburgh and South-East Scotland area was yesterday signed by the UK ... more >
Council wins ‘landmark’ Supreme Court battle to recoup £1.3m licensing costs

21/07/2017Council wins ‘landmark’ Supreme Court battle to recoup £1.3m licensing costs

A London council has this week celebrated a landmark judgement which could see it recover up to £1.3m in regulatory and enforcement costs. ... more >

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15/06/2017Challenges remain

As PSE went to press, we were days away from finding out which political party or parties would be leading the country following Theresa May’s decision to call a snap general election for 8 June.  Whoever enters the door at No.10, irrelevant of their political colour, is faced with serious challenges, from social care to the NH... read more >

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National policies won’t fix local problems

National policies won’t fix local problems

Andrew Carter, the recently-appointed chief executive of Centre for Cities, argues that the new government will only succeed if it focuses on implementing policies that are adaptable to place-bas... more > more last word articles >
Burnham: Early backlash against devolution is wholly unsurprising

13/07/2017Burnham: Early backlash against devolution is wholly unsurprising

It’s no wonder that there was a strong backlash against devolution from the very beginning given that the entire process looked like it was being shaped by the same “old thinking, old... more >
Roll-out of 100% business rates retention to LG by 2019-20 ‘unrealistic’

10/07/2017Roll-out of 100% business rates retention to LG by 2019-20 ‘unrealistic’

Meeting the target of rolling out 100% business rates retention nationally by 2019-20, which was set out by the last government, is now “unrealistic,” London Councils has stated. ... more >

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Councillors celebrated in Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2017

19/06/2017Councillors celebrated in Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2017

A number of local government leaders and figures have been named in the Queen’s 2017 Birthday Honours list. The list recognises the achievements of people across a number of different sectors by handing out awards for services to their respective fields. All in all, 1,109 people received an award this year, as 554 (50%) of peop... more >
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Changing our commissioning approach

03/07/2017Changing our commissioning approach

Michelle Atkinson, commissioning manager at Leeds City Council, explains how the local authority has changed its approach to commissioning homeca... more >
Reinventing local government

03/07/2017Reinventing local government

The time has come for councils to adopt a ‘changemaking’ culture in order to drive a radical reinvention in local government, argues ... more >
Public sector outsourcing: a marriage that must work

03/07/2017Public sector outsourcing: a marriage that must work

Kerry Hallard, the president of the Global Sourcing Association, argues that despite some highly-publicised cases of breakdowns in public sector ... more >
Harnessing data sharing in transport

30/06/2017Harnessing data sharing in transport

Simon White of Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) argues that the UK can be at the forefront of innovative mobility solutions if the government enc... more >

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‘The HSCN is the realisation of industry best practice’

30/06/2017‘The HSCN is the realisation of industry best practice’

Keith Smith, public sector business development manager at Virgin Media Business, tells PSE’s Luana Salles that health and social care orga... more >
HSCN: The enabler for a more joined-up public sector

26/06/2017HSCN: The enabler for a more joined-up public sector

Mark Hall, Chief Assurance Officer at Redcentric, discusses NHS Digital’s project, the new Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) and what b... 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 >
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 >

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