An integrated approach to greening public transport

28.04.17: Dave Pearson, director of transport services at West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA), explains how a partnership approach is encouraging more people to use public transport and improve air quality in the region. Reducing carbon emission...

Unlocking the combination to criminal justice reform

28.04.17: If new mayors want to improve the life chances of their communities, help the most vulnerable and trailblaze public service reform, then criminal justice transformation and ‘whole-place’ pooling of public service budgets must be prio...

Improving information sharing to support integration

28.04.17: Kevin Kewin, a senior adviser in the Care and Health Improvement Programme at the LGA, explains how social care can be transformed through the use of information and technology. The funding pressures facing social care, and the NHS, have be...

Putting digital at the heart of service delivery

28.04.17: Following the recent Smart Essex Digital Summit, which was hosted by Essex County Council, David Wilde, executive director and chief information officer at the local authority, tells PSE why, in order to prepare for the challenges of the future...

Public sector can lead the UK to an ultra-low emission future

25.04.17: Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, explains why the public sector has the potential to shape and accelerate the UK automotive market to be entirely ultra-low emission. The public sector is more plugged in to electric vehicles (EVs) than eve...

Employee financial wellbeing in the public sector

25.04.17: Charles Cotton, performance and reward adviser to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), analyses the financial wellbeing of those working in the public sector. In 2016, the CIPD produced a report on employee wellbeing...

Wigan Council: embracing digital transformation

25.04.17: Alison McKenzie-Folan, deputy chief executive, director customer transformation at Wigan Council, explains why local authorities, as digital leaders, must set a positive example and demonstrate what can be achieved when you embed trust in the wo...

Oxfordshire devolution will boost UK economy

21.04.17: Peter Sloman, chief executive of Oxford City Council, argues that pursuing devolution rather than restructuring local government in the county is better for the area’s economy. This year is likely to be dominated by the debates around...

Clean growth and the role of UK infrastructure

21.04.17: A renewal of the UK’s infrastructure – from telecommunications to energy, roads and buildings – rightly sits as one of the pillars of the government’s Industrial Strategy. But how can we ensure the infrastructure of tomor...

Shouting about health and care integration in the capital

21.04.17: Cllr Kevin Davis, London Councils executive member for health and leader of Kingston Council, celebrates the work being done in the capital to integrate health and social care, but argues there is still a long way to go. It is no secret tha...

A modern law for an increasingly digital world

21.04.17: From May 2018, a new piece of data protection legislation, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), will apply in the UK. Ian Inman, group manager for public services at the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), outlines changes n...

A new council for a better Oxfordshire

21.04.17: Peter Clark, chief executive at Oxfordshire County Council, and David Hill, chief executive of South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils, make the case for a unitary authority in the region. We did it – the bid is pr...

Brexit, populism and public service

18.04.17: Chris Painter, Professor Emeritus at Birmingham City University, examines recent political shocks and their implications for the context in which public servants operate. Few signature public governance or public service reforms are so far...

IoT and cyber security: tomorrow’s threats today

18.04.17: Kamal Bechkoum, professor of computing and head of the Business and Computing School at the University of Gloucestershire, discusses the benefits and challenges of the Internet of Things (IoT) for businesses. The IoT is a phenomenon regarde...

Not the time to pass the buck on tackling smoking

18.04.17: Professor Eugene Milne, director of public health at Newcastle City Council and joint editor of the Journal of Public Health, on why we need a relationship between the NHS and public health provision that recognises the need for collaboration in...

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A watershed moment in British democracy

02/05/2017A watershed moment in British democracy

The upcoming mayoral elections represent a watershed moment in the history of British democracy, reports PSE’s Luana Salles.  On 4 May, voters across six regions will take to the polls to decide who should captain their public services until 2020.  As part of the elections, the DCLG has kick-started the ‘Our May... more >
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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 >
Leading transformational change through procurement

01/03/2017Leading transformational change through procurement

Liz Welton, chair of the Society of Procurement Officers in Local Government (SOPO), tells PSE’s David Stevenson why there are lots of oppo... more >
McMahon: I worry that the public are not part of the devolution conversation

20/12/2016McMahon: I worry that the public are not part of the devolution conversation

Jim McMahon, Labour’s shadow minister for local government and devolution, talks to PSE’s David Stevenson about the need to radically... more >

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Collaborative working is the key to the future at home and abroad

Collaborative working is the key to the future at home and abroad

David Hawkins, operations director at the Institute for Collaborative Working (ICW), on why ISO 44001 is a new evolution in collaborative working. The past 12 months have seen seismic change... more > more last word articles >

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11/04/2017A watershed moment in British politics

The government has now officially triggered Article 50, formally starting the process of Britain’s exit from the EU. How this will affect local government, the wider public sector and the Civil Service remains to be seen, but the likelihood of it being plain sailing with the enormity of the task ahead seems rather unlikely.  It... read more >

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G-Cloud 9: Choosing the right supplier for your cloud communications

24/05/2017G-Cloud 9: Choosing the right supplier for your cloud communications

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Improving engagement and trust

28/04/2017Improving engagement and trust

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