Audit, Inspection and Safety

London council ‘negligent and in denial’ over tower blocks at risk of collapse

22.06.18: Two tower blocks in North London are at risk of collapse, with the area’s council announcing it wants to begin re-housing residents “immediately.” The Tangmere and Northolt blocks as part of the Broadwater Farm estate in H...

Family of Glasgow boy killed in cemetery awarded compensation by city council

19.06.18: Glasgow City Council will pay compensation to the family of a boy who died after a headstone fell on him. Ciaran Williamson was aged 8 when he was killed while playing with friends in Craigton Cemetery on Berrysknowe Road on 26 May 2015. ...

Grenfell, one year on

18.06.18: In the year since the Grenfell Tower disaster, the LGA has been working tirelessly to ramp up fire safety regulations and ban ‘desktop’ fire safety tests in order to prevent such a tragedy happening again, writes Lord Porter, chairma...

Tesco fined £1.6m in successful council prosecution

14.05.18: Tesco has pleaded guilty to a successful prosecution by Ealing Council and has now been forced to pay a £1.6m fine. The supermarket chain pleaded guilty to two offences from August 2014 when a Tesco driver reversed into a member of th...

The legacy of Grenfell

30.04.18: PSE’s Seamus McDonnell looks at the reactions of councils and the government to the Grenfell Tower fire, from the immediate aftermath to the most recent developments. In March this year, the Metropolitan Police announced that one of G...

Save 30% on your IT spend with SAM

04.04.18: Being able to optimise the purchase, deployment and maintenance of software within any organisation is already a difficult process. Add to that the utilisation and disposal of the applications across a public sector organisation, and s...

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...

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London council ‘negligent and in denial’ over tower blocks at risk of collapse

22/06/2018London council ‘negligent and in denial’ over tower blocks at risk of collapse

Two tower blocks in North London are at risk of collapse, with the area’s council announcing it wants to begin re-housing residents “... more >
Christchurch allowed into High Court over Dorset council merger battle

22/06/2018Christchurch allowed into High Court over Dorset council merger battle

An ongoing battle between Christchurch Borough Council and a planned council merger has been given the go-ahead to proceed to the High Court. ... more >
Government does not ‘currently have understanding’ of skills businesses need going through Brexit

22/06/2018Government does not ‘currently have understanding’ of skills businesses need going through Brexit

Government departments “do not have sufficient understanding” of what skills UK businesses need, or how Brexit will impact the supply... 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 >
Christchurch allowed into High Court over Dorset council merger battle

22/06/2018Christchurch allowed into High Court over Dorset council merger battle

An ongoing battle between Christchurch Borough Council and a planned council merger has been given the go-ahead to proceed to the High Court. Last month, Christchurch council outlined its pl... more >
Government under fire for lack of care funding after £20bn NHS pledge

18/06/2018Government under fire for lack of care funding after £20bn NHS pledge

Council chiefs have heavily criticised Theresa May for not including social care funding in her promise to increase cash resources by £20bn annually for the NHS to mark the service’s ... more >

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The work of the vanguards can help overcome the challenges of integrated care

29/05/2018The work of the vanguards can help overcome the challenges of integrated care

Following the announcement of the second wave of integrated care systems (ICSs), NHS Providers, the NHS Confederation, NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) and the LGA reflect on how lessons learnt by members from across the four organisations – that have designed and worked together as part of the vanguards – will support the j... more >
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Grenfell, one year on

18/06/2018Grenfell, one year on

In the year since the Grenfell Tower disaster, the LGA has been working tirelessly to ramp up fire safety regulations and ban ‘desktop&rsqu... more >
Brexit's long shadow over devolution

18/06/2018Brexit's long shadow over devolution

The EU Referendum and the stop-start Brexit negotiations have left a looming shadow of uncertainty over devolution in the UK, writes Anthony Sala... more >
Decisions, decisions

18/06/2018Decisions, decisions

The true social value of procurement comes from asking challenging questions and thinking outside the box, argues Melissa Bell, sustainable procu... more >
Finding the balance

18/06/2018Finding the balance

Douglas White, head of advocacy at the Carnegie UK Trust, evaluates the risk-benefit relationship of data sharing within the public sector, highl... more >

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Data at the heart of digital transformation

03/04/2018Data at the heart of digital transformation

SPONSORED INTERVIEW Grant Caley, UK & Ireland chief technologist at NetApp, speaks to PSE’s Luana Salles about the benefits of movin... more >
GDPR: The public sector scarecrow

03/04/2018GDPR: The public sector scarecrow

SPONSORED INTERVIEW PSE’s Josh Mines chats to Martin de Martini, CIO of Y Soft, about what the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)... 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 >

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    Rafael Cortes, Foehn head of marketing, explains how G-Cloud 10 should be a catalyst for innovative solutions and not a source of complacency. It was...
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    David Willett, corporate director at The Open University, walks us through the university’s research into the apprenticeship levy, as well as...
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    PSE’s Seamus McDonnell looks at the reactions of councils and the government to the Grenfell Tower fire, from the immediate aftermath to the...
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