Changing our commissioning approach

03.07.17: Michelle Atkinson, commissioning manager at Leeds City Council, explains how the local authority has changed its approach to commissioning homecare services in the city. In Leeds, a framework arrangement was in place with 32 providers regis...

Reinventing local government

03.07.17: The time has come for councils to adopt a ‘changemaking’ culture in order to drive a radical reinvention in local government, argues Adam Lent, director at the New Local Government Network (NLGN). Local government is a strange p...

Public sector outsourcing: a marriage that must work

03.07.17: Kerry Hallard, the president of the Global Sourcing Association, argues that despite some highly-publicised cases of breakdowns in public sector outsourcing, the relationship has generated much success. The public sector and the sourcing in...

Harnessing data sharing in transport

30.06.17: Simon White of Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) argues that the UK can be at the forefront of innovative mobility solutions if the government encourages better data sharing in the transport sector. By the end of 2020 there will be over 50 b...

Challenging tax complexity

30.06.17: Paul Morton, tax director at the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS), outlines the importance of his organisation’s work in bringing a systematic approach to taxation and expands on what the future holds. The OTS is the adviser to gove...

Commit to thinking differently

30.06.17: The drive to cut costs has invoked an efficient and sustainable entrepreneurial spirit at Birmingham City Council (BCC) that is now set to play a major part in the local authority’s future, writes Ken Lyon, its head of commercialism. ...

Innovation in commissioning services

26.06.17: Malcolm Harbour CBE, who wrote Parliament’s first report on innovation in public procurement in 2008 and now chairs the LGA expert group on this subject, justifies the need to integrate commissioning into innovative procurement and identif...

Engaging the voluntary sector: how to make devolution a success

26.06.17: Paul Winyard, senior policy officer at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), explains why it’s fundamental that the third sector has a seat at the devolution table in order to develop a shared sense of ambition. The...

The impact of the cyber security strategy on the public sector

26.06.17: Six months on from the announcement of the government’s National Cyber Security Strategy, Talal Rajab, head of programme – cyber and national security at techUK, analyses its approach so far and the extent of its impact on the public...

Police governance and service delivery in the 21st century

23.06.17: Barry Loveday, reader in criminal justice administration at the University of Portsmouth, considers the role that the new metro mayors will have on policing and local service delivery. How significant the arrival of the new directly-elected...

The future of localism

23.06.17: There have been a lot of opportunities for democratic participation in the UK recently – a referendum, local elections, six new metro mayors and now a snap general election, all within the last 12 months, reflects Tony Armstrong, chief exe...

Maximising scarce resources

23.06.17: Mick Endsor, a research associate at the International Centre for Security Analysis at King’s College London, explains why open source intelligence could be a valuable tool in the fight for public sector organisations to detect fraud and h...

Managing grey fleet: the key to unlock electric vehicle use?

23.06.17: Ian Featherstone, fleet advice manager at the Energy Saving Trust (EST), explains why managing the grey fleet can help determine if electric vehicles (EVs) can be used cost-effectively as pool cars. EST has worked with fleets for many years...

A chance to rewire our approach to local growth

19.06.17: Cllr John Clancy (pictured centre), leader of Birmingham City Council, explains why the Industrial Strategy is a priority for the UK’s Core Cities. Our 10 Core Cities make up a quarter of the UK economy. They are often the places wher...

Senior leaders as agents of digital transformation

19.06.17: As part of an investigation with the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU), Cllr Theo Blackwell, Camden Council’s cabinet member for finance, technology & growth, considers the role that active senior leadership plays in digitally t...

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Watchdog slams local product recall systems as ‘not fit for purpose’

21/07/2017Watchdog slams local product recall systems as ‘not fit for purpose’

The UK has a “fragmented” product safety and recall system that is putting people’s lives in danger, a major consumer watchdog ... more >
Edinburgh region given £1.1bn boost to drive investment and inclusion

21/07/2017Edinburgh region given £1.1bn boost to drive investment and inclusion

A deal worth £1.1bn to drive investment and address inclusion in the Edinburgh and South-East Scotland area was yesterday signed by the UK ... more >
Council wins ‘landmark’ Supreme Court battle to recoup £1.3m licensing costs

21/07/2017Council wins ‘landmark’ Supreme Court battle to recoup £1.3m licensing costs

A London council has this week celebrated a landmark judgement which could see it recover up to £1.3m in regulatory and enforcement costs. ... more >
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Councillors celebrated in Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2017

19/06/2017Councillors celebrated in Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2017

A number of local government leaders and figures have been named in the Queen’s 2017 Birthday Honours list. The list recognises the achievements of people across a number of different sectors by handing out awards for services to their respective fields. All in all, 1,109 people received an award this year, as 554 (50%) of peop... 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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National policies won’t fix local problems

National policies won’t fix local problems

Andrew Carter, the recently-appointed chief executive of Centre for Cities, argues that the new government will only succeed if it focuses on implementing policies that are adaptable to place-bas... more > more last word articles >

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15/06/2017Challenges remain

As PSE went to press, we were days away from finding out which political party or parties would be leading the country following Theresa May’s decision to call a snap general election for 8 June.  Whoever enters the door at No.10, irrelevant of their political colour, is faced with serious challenges, from social care to the NH... read more >

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Stronger together

03/07/2017Stronger together

Kevin Dicks, the chief executive of Redditch ... more >
A supplier network fit for an integrated sector

23/06/2017A supplier network fit for an integrated sector

PSE’s Luana Salles outlines everything ... more >