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An unsettling finance settlement?

23.02.18: Piali Das Gupta, head of policy at Solace, looks over the final local government finance settlement and argues that it does not do enough to support struggling council services. The fortnight before Christmas has become a rather anxious tim...

Data protection by design

23.02.18: Nigel Houlden, head of technology policy at the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), looks at how organisations can win back public trust by fully understanding and acting on existing and upcoming cyber security regulations. There...

Finance settlement: a golden opportunity

23.02.18: The local government finance settlement must enable counties to continue to be the engines of the English economy by providing a fairer funding approach, says Philip Atkins, vice-chairman of the County Councils Network (CCN) and leader of Staffo...

Citizen-centric cities for a better tomorrow

22.02.18: Mark Collin, group director of Ventures at ThoughtWorks, discusses how governments can learn from a bottom-up, citizen-focused approach to digitally transform their cities. It’s clear that interest in digital cities is on the ris...

Richard Leese: Making the apprenticeship levy a success

22.02.18: The government must listen to council proposals to improve the apprenticeship levy in order to maximise its potential, argues Cllr Sir Richard Leese, chair of the LGA’s City Regions Board and deputy mayor of Greater Manchester. When t...

Digital by design

22.02.18: Steve Skelton, head of policy at Stockport Council, outlines the local authority’s distinctly different approach to digital transformation. Stockport is changing. We’re reinvigorating our town centre through strong partnerships...

Fixing the broken housing market

19.02.18: Joe Anderson, mayor of Liverpool and leader of Liverpool City Council, discusses how the authority’s newly formed company Foundations is working to improve the state of housing in the region. It’s hardly surprising that for the...

Lord Porter: Uncharted waters

19.02.18: Lord Porter CBE, chairman of the LGA, analyses the expected impact of the final local government finance settlement on councils of all shapes and sizes. This year looks set to be another busy and challenging year for local government with c...

The power of apprenticeships

14.02.18: David Willett, corporate director at The Open University, describes how the apprenticeship levy can help public sector organisations unlock leadership potential in a volatile environment. It’s no secret that the public sector landscap...

Building connected communities

22.12.17: Andrew Walker, policy researcher at the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU), argues councils must be supported to develop good connectivity that goes beyond building new infrastructure. The push to build more houses is important, and t...

The police say they are under pressure. Are they right?

22.12.17: Rick Muir, director of the Police Foundation, considers whether budget constraints and growing demand are actually having a major impact on the work of police forces. The police service was bitterly disappointed that the chancellor said not...

The future of communal heating in Cheshire

22.12.17: PSE’s Josh Mines speaks to Dan Griffiths, projects and programmes manager at Cheshire East Council’s Skills & Growth Company, about how the ELENA project is set to transform heating networks in the area. Rising prices of gas...

Person-centred care: is it really happening?

22.12.17: Laura Bell of National Voices, the coalition of health and care charities, analyses the state of person-centred care and whether government rhetoric has matched reality. For the last 20 years, policymakers have been talking about delivering...

The care sector must embrace the digital switch

21.12.17: PSE’s Seamus McDonnell hears from former care minister Paul Burstow about the opportunities that digitisation can bring to the health market once analogue services are switched off. By 2025, analogue services in the UK will be switche...

Health integration: A tall order?

21.12.17: Flaws aside, sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) are our best hope of restructuring the health and care sector. Paul Carey-Kent, policy manager of health, social care & welfare reform at CIPFA, considers what must be done t...

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Core Cities leaders press for domestic post-Brexit agenda after meeting with Barnier

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Leaders and mayors representing Core Cities UK have met with the EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier this week. The Brussels meeting saw leaders ... more >
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A consultation focusing on the adult social care workforce has been launched by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), in partnership wit... more >
An unsettling finance settlement?

23/02/2018An unsettling finance settlement?

Piali Das Gupta, head of policy at Solace, looks over the final local government finance settlement and argues that it does not do enough to supp... 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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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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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 >

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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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22/01/2018How can cost-conscious organisations benefit from an imaginative provider?

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Driving inclusive growth in the West Midlands

14/12/2017Driving inclusive growth in the West Midlands

PSE’s Josh Mines reports from the Socia... more >