The digital journey so far

08.05.18: Michael Sage, digital services group manager at Chelmsford City Council, outlines the authority’s journey towards becoming digitally independent. Back in 2016 we decided we had had enough of being tied into expensive contracts with th...

Equipping the cyber security gatekeepers

08.05.18: With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) just around the corner, cyber security is on the lips of the whole public sector – but PSE’s Josh Mines argues that training is falling short for England’s local government wor...

The hydrogen revolution

08.05.18: PSE’s Josh Mines takes a look at an innovative scheme in Sheffield that will see some of the first hydrogen-fuelled vans begin work in the authority’s road maintenance fleet. Air quality in the UK is a serious problem. A joint s...

Energy efficiency: not just a matter of more money

30.04.18: David Reilly, head of cities & regions at the Carbon Trust, reports on the findings from this year’s Low Carbon Cities Conference. Each year, in advance of the Carbon Trust’s Low Carbon Cities Conference, we reach out to del...

Shadow prime ministers and political longevity

30.04.18: Chris Painter, professor emeritus at Birmingham City University, examines Theresa May’s survival prospects given earlier experiences of post-1945 UK premiers operating in the shadow of dominant predecessors. During 2018, most of There...

A revolution in social prescribing

23.04.18: John Craig, chief executive of Care City, on a new GP system that automatically creates a social prescription based on patient information. Social circumstances are around twice as significant to people’s health as medicine. But, para...

Apprenticeship levy: retrain without pain?

23.04.18: Tom Stannard, deputy spokesperson for economic prosperity and housing at Solace, considers the future potential of the apprenticeship levy a year into its creation. The apprenticeship levy, which came into force in April 2017, is part of th...

Prioritising skills in Birmingham

23.04.18: Paul Swinney, head of policy and research at Centre for Cities, argues that Birmingham must focus on addressing its skills deficit in order to thrive economically.  For much of the late 20th century, Birmingham struggled to shake off i...

A symbiotic approach

19.04.18: Brian Reynolds, One Public Estate (OPE) programme director at the LGA, outlines the successes of the scheme so far and argues that even more could be achieved if greater flexibility, skills and regulatory powers were baked into the system. ...

Councils must start preparing for the Autumn Budget now

19.04.18: This year will provide the opportunity to develop conversations about local government finance in order to ensure councils stop running on empty, explains Jennifer Glover, policy researcher at the LGiU. In the wake of a very underwhelming S...

Creating a common digital direction

19.04.18: Phil Rumens, chair of the LocalGov Digital Steering Group and digital services manager for West Berkshire Council, urges local authorities to make use of the Local Government Digital Service Standard (LGDSS) in order to exploit the full opportun...

Employment support must work for all

19.04.18: London’s new Work and Health Programmes (WHPs), which have now gone live, will help thousands more people get into work across the capital, notes Cllr Claire Kober OBE, chair of London Councils. London is a vibrant, international city...

Get what you pay for, and only pay for what you get

19.04.18: Matthew Sparkes, deputy director for financial services at the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), on the public sector benefits of the brand-new Spend Analysis and Recovery Services framework. Every year, government bodies including central de...

How do new regulations affect information sharing?

19.04.18: The incoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will significantly change the way organisations share information in a wholly positive way, writes Damion Nickerson, engagement manager at the Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing (C...

We must not compromise

19.04.18: Ahead of the government’s green paper, Margaret Willcox OBE, president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, says we must find a solution to the social care market that applies to all adults equally. As we emerge f...

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The complexities of Brexit and the hunt for exceptional data scientists

16/04/2018The complexities of Brexit and the hunt for exceptional data scientists

Christopher Gallagher, public sector – SAS, says it’s imperative that organisations have the most experienced data scientists at hand. The Civil Service is feeling immense Brexit stress. Making the right decisions, analysing the ‘best interests’ of the nation as a whole, as well as discrete segments of the populati... more >
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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 >
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 >
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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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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The legacy of Grenfell

30/04/2018The legacy of Grenfell

PSE’s Seamus McDonnell looks at the rea... more >
Inquiry warns of ‘lack of transparency’ around child sexual abuse failures

27/04/2018Inquiry warns of ‘lack of transparency’ around child sexual abuse failures

There has been a “lack of transparency&rd... more >