Audit, Inspection and Safety

Council told to reimburse Suffolk woman charged for care she never received

23.11.17: Suffolk County Council has been hit by criticism from the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) after a woman was wrongly charged for care she never received. Care providers, arranged by the council, incorrectly logged hours of a...

‘Several notable procurement failures’ highlighted by auditor in Wales

17.10.17: A report on public procurement in Wales has found that there is “clear scope for improvement” on how authorities procure services at a national and local level. Last year, Welsh public bodies spent around £6bn on procureme...

Information of 1,400 vulnerable people spilled online by council

13.10.17: West Sussex County Council (WSCC) has launched an investigation after mistakenly publishing the details of 1,400 vulnerable people online. The data was published as part of the council’s practice of disclosing all spending above &poun...

Council to take over building that failed post-Grenfell safety tests

11.10.17: A tower block that failed safety tests following the Grenfell Tower tragedy is to be taken over by Slough Borough Council. The council has confirmed that it is to take over the freehold of the building, with detailed negotiations to take pl...

Society must ‘explain or change’ disparities amongst ethnicities, says May

10.10.17: The government is to challenge society to “explain or change” inequalities experienced by people from different backgrounds, Theresa May has today stated. The new ‘Ethnicity Facts and Figures’ website, launched today...

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...

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Sales of social housing increase 10% on last year as Right to Buy takes hold

24/11/2017Sales of social housing increase 10% on last year as Right to Buy takes hold

The government has released figures showing that 13,400 social housing properties were sold last year under Right to Buy, an increase of 10% on 2... more >
Authorities given powers to recoup 80% of temporary accommodation spending in £70m UC reform

24/11/2017Authorities given powers to recoup 80% of temporary accommodation spending in £70m UC reform

Councils will be able to claim back over 80% of the money they spend on temporary accommodation after the government announced new reforms to the... more >
Living standards set to fall for longest period yet , think tank says

24/11/2017Living standards set to fall for longest period yet , think tank says

Britain is heading for the longest period of falling living standards since records began, the Resolution Foundation has warned this week. In it... 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 >
Second devo deal for West Midlands approved as more finally on the way

22/11/2017Second devo deal for West Midlands approved as more finally on the way

The government has agreed a second devolution deal “in principle” with the West Midlands mayor and combined authority to address local productivity barriers, and has also committed to... more >
Counties slam ‘secret and underhand’ city council boundary takeover plot

17/11/2017Counties slam ‘secret and underhand’ city council boundary takeover plot

Nottingham and Derby city councils have been accused of “secret and underhand” plans to expand their boundaries without proper consultation with residents or other authorities. The c... more >

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City-centric, deeply disappointing and a nightmare – criticisms pile against the Budget

22/11/2017City-centric, deeply disappointing and a nightmare – criticisms pile against the Budget

It’s been a busy day in the PSE office. Philip Hammond’s Autumn Budget included a number of interesting announcements, ranging from new devolution deals and housing measures to changes to business rates. This year’s Statement was described well by Lord Bob Kerslake, who said it had been a “mixed bag” for hous... more >
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Driving forward a healthier Scotland

10/11/2017Driving forward a healthier Scotland

Dundee City Council is leading the way in boosting electric vehicle (EV) uptake in Scotland, writes Rebecca Wallace from the local authority&rsqu... more >
A smarter approach to digital transformation

10/11/2017A smarter approach to digital transformation

Catherine Bright, Smarter Digital Services (SDS) manager, explains how a partnership of 12 councils across Kent and Surrey are jointly funding a ... more >
Delivering on estates

10/11/2017Delivering on estates

Sam Ulyatt, strategic category commercial director at the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), on how a new framework can help public sector organisat... more >
Open for business

10/11/2017Open for business

Clare Moore, senior specialist of valuation and disposals at the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), explains how public sector bodies looking to... 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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