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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...

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...

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Metro mayors call on PM to review criteria for allocation of housing funding

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Parliament told to vote on boundary review as soon as possible

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Seven council staff members arrested in fraud investigation

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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

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ICO forced to take down its website amid cryptocurrency hacker fears

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Local government finance settlement: Javid announces £150m care fund

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The housing and communities secretary has today revealed details of this year’s local government finance settlement, including £150m of extra funding for adult social care. Sajid... more >

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Whole of government must act together to fulfil the ambition of the Industrial Strategy

11/12/2017Whole of government must act together to fulfil the ambition of the Industrial Strategy

Jen Rae, head of innovation policy at Nesta, says the aims in the government’s new Industrial Strategy are ambitious, but will require a shift in policymaking in order to be realised in full. Last Monday saw the long-awaited launch of the UK’s new Industrial Strategy, the government’s plan for prosperity and growth in a ... more >
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Lord Porter: Uncharted waters

19/02/2018Lord Porter: Uncharted waters

Lord Porter CBE, chairman of the LGA, analyses the expected impact of the final local government finance settlement on councils of all shapes and... more >
Fixing the broken housing market

19/02/2018Fixing the broken housing market

Joe Anderson, mayor of Liverpool and leader of Liverpool City Council, discusses how the authority’s newly formed company Foundations is wo... more >
The power of apprenticeships

14/02/2018The power of apprenticeships

David Willett, corporate director at The Open University, describes how the apprenticeship levy can help public sector organisations unlock leade... more >
Building connected communities

22/12/2017Building connected communities

Andrew Walker, policy researcher at the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU), argues councils must be supported to develop good connectivity ... more >

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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 >
A fantastic opportunity awaits you

11/12/2017A fantastic opportunity awaits you

Eight months on from the government’s announcement of major training reforms, Anne Milton, minister for apprenticeships and skills at the D... more >

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