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Yorkshire county council panned for ‘confusing and conflicting’ care errors

05.03.18: North Yorkshire County Council has been criticised by the Local Government & Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) for communication failures which led to two families being given “confusing and conflicting” information on the care of thei...

Troubled Cheshire East Council hit with ‘bullying and inappropriate behaviour’ claim

31.01.18: The standards and practices at a unitary authority in the north west have been questioned after a report found examples of “bullying and inappropriate behaviour” from staff and bosses. Cheshire East Council was subject to an LGA...

Two authorities blasted for ‘inadequate’ children’s services

29.01.18: Today’s latest round of Ofsted reports has exposed failing children’s services in two separate authorities. Sandwell MBC has been lambasted by inspectors despite plans from the government to have services for children and young...

Scandal-hit Rotherham council sees ‘impressive’ turnaround in children’s service

29.01.18: Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (MBC) has seen its children’s service reach a ‘good’ level for the first time since the revelations of tragic child sexual abuse unfolded in the town. Ofsted today announced an &ldquo...

County council to take lead after ‘systemic failures’ in Barnet children’s services

26.01.18: A report into Barnet Council’s children’s services has recommended that Essex County Council take control as a leadership partner, after it found “systemic failures.” The review was commissioned after an Ofsted repor...

Northamptonshire council finances to be investigated by DCLG

11.01.18: Communities and housing secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed he will be appointing an inspector to carry out an investigation into Northamptonshire CC because of fears it is not meeting its “best value duty.” The council has been...

KPMG steps down from Grenfell council inquiry over 'conflict of interest' row

08.01.18: Auditing giant KPMG has stepped down from its project management role in the Grenfell Tower inquiry after campaigners raised concerns that the appointment created a conflict of interest. Although the firm said it was confident there was no...

Bristol council apologises after ‘institutional racism’ unearthed in murder report

19.12.17: Bristol City Council mayor Marvin Rees has apologised after a report found evidence of “institutional racism” in an investigation into the death of Bijan Ebrahimi. The disabled Iranian refugee was beaten to death and set on fire...

Government must encourage council scrutiny ‘culture change’

15.12.17: The government has to encourage a culture change within local councils in order to improve the quality of overview and scrutiny plans. The Communities and Local Government Commons Select Committee found that scrutiny is not always independe...

Government not following up on inquiries in spite of £639m bill

13.12.17: Government inquiries have racked up a £639m bill over the last 30 years but the process for following up on recommendations is not good enough. These are the findings of an Institute for Government report which said only six of the 68...

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...

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‘More to be done’ to build public confidence in reporting suspected child abuse

16/03/2018‘More to be done’ to build public confidence in reporting suspected child abuse

More than two in five adults who have worried about the welfare of a child have not reported their concerns, new research has revealed. In a rec... more >
Over a quarter of secondary schools in deficit

16/03/2018Over a quarter of secondary schools in deficit

The proportion of local authority maintained secondary schools in deficit has nearly trebled in four years, a new report has revealed. ‘Sc... more >
‘Wholly unacceptable’ that central gov does not have clear answer to benefits of LEPs

16/03/2018‘Wholly unacceptable’ that central gov does not have clear answer to benefits of LEPs

The Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership (GCGP LEP) is the latest example of the Ministry of Housing, Communities an... 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 >
Leader resigns after Whitehall report calls for failing council to be split up

16/03/2018Leader resigns after Whitehall report calls for failing council to be split up

The leader of Northamptonshire County Council has announced her resignation after a government report recommended the impoverished authority should be split into two smaller unitary councils. ... more >
Javid ‘minded to’ approve unitary plans for Buckinghamshire

12/03/2018Javid ‘minded to’ approve unitary plans for Buckinghamshire

Sajid Javid has today announced that he is minded to approve plans which would see a large unitary authority created from the six existing authorities in Buckinghamshire. Under the current p... more >

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Apprenticeship levy – five myths busted

05/03/2018Apprenticeship levy – five myths busted

On the first day of National Apprenticeship Week 2018 (NAW 2018), the director of the National Apprenticeship Service, Sue Husband, challenges some of the key myths around the apprenticeship levy. NAW 2018 takes place from 5 to 9 March. It will be a week-long celebration of apprenticeships in England designed to showcase how apprenti... more >
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Building a more diverse society

05/03/2018Building a more diverse society

Karl Wilding, policy director at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), argues that diverse membership in charities and local g... more >
Developing our future leaders

05/03/2018Developing our future leaders

Kerry Bishop, apprenticeship and qualification development manager at the LGSS (pictured), provides an insight into how the organisation is suppo... more >
What's next for BIM?

05/03/2018What's next for BIM?

After some mostly positive findings in last year’s National Building Information Modelling (BIM) Report, PSE’s Luana Salles considers... more >
BIM: Reaping the rewards

26/02/2018BIM: Reaping the rewards

Although austerity has been a barrier to adopting Building Information Modelling (BIM), continued investment in these tools can greatly benefit t... more >


Keeping London safe

05/03/2018Keeping London safe

Theo Blackwell, London’s first-ever chief digital officer (CDO), speaks to PSE’s Luana Salles about the role he plays in ensuring the... more >
BIM: Digitising the public sector

19/02/2018BIM: Digitising the public sector

PSE’s Josh Mines talks to Stephen Crompton, CTO at GroupBC, and Stuart Bell, the company’s sales and marketing director, about how Bu... more >
Duncan Selbie: The energy of devolution

19/02/2018Duncan Selbie: The energy of devolution

The NHS plays a part in keeping the country well – but when it comes to places and their people, local government has a major role to fulfi... more >
Are we taking a risk on education?

14/12/2017Are we taking a risk on education?

Adrian Prandle, director of economic strategy and negotiations at the National Education Union (NEU), questions the stark lack of announcements a... more >

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