Audit, Inspection and Safety

Cheshire East officials remain suspended over ‘officer conduct’

08.09.17: Two top officials at Cheshire East Council (CEC) will remain suspended from their duties following allegations of misconduct. Mike Suarez, CEO of the local authority, was suspended in April, while Bill Norman, the council’s director o...

Government takes over Croydon children’s services after ‘serious failures’

05.09.17: The government has intervened and taken over Croydon’s children’s services after an Ofsted report revealed “widespread and serious failures” that have left some at risk of “significant harm”. Following th...

Support for councils following Grenfell

04.09.17: Ian Moore, CEO of the Fire Industry Association (FIA), discusses the wider lessons of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire and what measures and assessments local authorities need to have in place to protect their estate and buildings. Somehow it...

Northern council to borrow £25m to ensure tower block safety

17.08.17: Salford Council is looking to borrow £25m to ensure aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding on its buildings is safe for residents. An emergency meeting will take place on Wednesday 23 August to authorise the council to use its bo...

Southwark Council cuts off gas in tower blocks amidst national safety concerns

14.08.17: A London council has cut off the gas supply to a number of high-rise tower blocks in its area to ensure the safety of its residents. Following the Grenfell Tower disaster back in June, residents of the Ledbury Towers, overseen by Southwark...

Councils concerned with ‘significant cost’ of replacing building cladding

31.07.17: Councils have this week warned that costs of any major remedial work to replace and remove dangerous cladding from buildings must be met by the government. It follows the DCLG announcing an independent review of building regulations and fir...

Council could be tried for corporate manslaughter after Grenfell fire

28.07.17: There are “reasonable grounds” to suspect Kensington Borough Council is guilty of corporate manslaughter for its role in the death of at least 80 people after the Grenfell Tower fire, Scotland Yard has revealed. In a letter to s...

Wiltshire Council leader to join independent Grenfell taskforce

26.07.17: The leader of Wiltshire Council will be part of the taskforce undertaking the independent review of the Grenfell Tower fire disaster. Communities secretary Sajid Javid today announced details of the taskforce, which will also include Aftab...

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...

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November too late for pay cap decision, GMB says

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LGA: TfL Uber decision shows need for ‘urgent reform’ of outdated taxi laws

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Councils falling short of preventive care obligations

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14/08/2017Time for reflection

A lot has happened since the last edition of PSE was published. In particular, the snap general election delivered an astounding result that many of the pollsters and political experts could not have predicted when Theresa May initially called for it back in April. Chris Painter, Professor Emeritus at Birmingham City University, provides ... 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 >
South Yorkshire devolution in doubt as councils clash over next steps

19/09/2017South Yorkshire devolution in doubt as councils clash over next steps

South Yorkshire’s devolution deal took a serious knock today after a statement from the Sheffield City Region (SCR) revealed that two councils, Barnsley and Doncaster MBC, have refused to b... more >
Male LCR cabinet urged to give up their seats for female nominees

15/09/2017Male LCR cabinet urged to give up their seats for female nominees

The entirely male cabinet at the Liverpool City Region (LCR) have this week been urged to give up their seats by the Women’s Leadership Group (WLG) in a drive towards a more gender inclusiv... more >

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How would local government look under a Labour government?

25/09/2017How would local government look under a Labour government?

Few will disagree with the statement that the current landscape of local government is one that has been shaped by seven years of Tory influence. Harsh austerity measures have seen pressures on council-run services, as well as the NHS, mount sharply as demand increases. The resurgence of the Labour Party in June’s snap election... more >
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Support for councils following Grenfell

04/09/2017Support for councils following Grenfell

Ian Moore, CEO of the Fire Industry Association (FIA), discusses the wider lessons of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire and what measures and assess... more >
A quiet revolution

04/09/2017A quiet revolution

Dermot Ryan, programme director at NHS Digital for the Health and Social Care Network (HSCN), talks to PSE about the importance of moving to the ... more >
Effective leadership in uncertain times

04/09/2017Effective leadership in uncertain times

Dr David Beech, lecturer in people management at Salford Business School, argues that continuous renewal and progress is fundamental to effective... more >
Refocusing professional development

04/09/2017Refocusing professional development

Graeme McDonald, managing director of Solace, discusses the importance of taking time out to focus on learning, especially in the ever-changing l... 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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