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Camberley inspired: investment and regeneration

11.03.19: The decline of the Great British high street has been one of the greatest concerns for local councils in recent years, leading to some innovative efforts to revitalise shopping districts. Karen Whelan, chief executive of Surrey Heath Borough Cou...

National Infrastructure Commission: Progressing the North

11.03.19: The National Infrastructure Commission’s (NIC) National Infrastructure Assessment was released in July 2018, making a variety of recommendations ranging from digital technology growth to making the switch to low-carbon energy sources. Prof...

SARS II: Recovery made easy

11.03.19: Paul Bentley, of the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), introduces us to the Spend Analysis Recovery Framework: a no win no fee means of carrying out audits and recovery for the public sector. You probably don’t think of yourself as a he...

Swindon's solar-powered recycling centre saves council cash

11.03.19: Steve Cains, head of power solutions at Public Power Solutions, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Swindon Borough Council, describes the benefits of its latest innovative use of solar energy: to power a recycling plant. Local authorities have...

Training the next generation at Ashford Borough Council

11.03.19: Local councils around the UK are getting creative to attract the younger generation into the sector, and Ashford Borough Council is at the forefront of this innovation. Michelle Pecci, head of human resources and customer services at the authori...

EvoNorth 2019: Discussing Education, Skills & Employment

04.03.19: Educating the next generation of business, society leaders and decision-makers is one of the most prevalent challenges the North faces: with 80,000 new digital workers in demand by 2020, it is more important now than ever before that the next wo...

The Future of Energy for the Northern Powerhouse at EvoNorth

04.03.19: Throughout all of the various topics discussed across the two days of EvoNorth, there were two overarching themes which consistently cropped up: Brexit and climate change, arguably the two most disruptive challenges facing the country right now....

Business, Innovation & Investment at EvoNorth 2019

04.03.19: One of the key objectives of EvoNorth 2019 was to bring key influencers in their respective industries together to develop fruitful business relationships, identify and pursue vital areas of importance for their sector, and work collaboratively...

EvoNorth 2019: Connecting the passions, people, and places of the North

04.03.19: The celebration of EvoNorth 2019, the first ever event of its name, lived up to lofty expectations in amplifying and highlighting the biggest and brightest of past, present, and future exciting developments the region has to offer, bringing toge...

Government needs better outsourcing data

04.03.19: A spate of recent outsourcing woes show the government urgently needs to improve its understanding of the market, argues Sarah Nickson of the Institute for Government. Government relies on the private sector to deliver a vast range of criti...

Cornwall Council's technology-enabled care

04.03.19: Cllr Rob Rotchell, cabinet member for adult social care at Cornwall Council, tells us how his council is addressing the challenges of adult care and support through its technology-enabled care programme. The upcoming year will continue to b...

Gearing up for the rollout of Energiesprong homes

04.03.19: Nottingham City Council’s portfolio holder for energy and environment Cllr Sally Longford and head of energy services Wayne Bexton explain how Nottingham is leading the way in tackling climate change and fuel poverty simultaneously by tria...

British Business Bank: enabling regional prosperity

04.03.19: With bank loans becoming harder to obtain for some small businesses, what are the options available for SMEs seeking financial support? Grant Peggie, director of venture capital solutions at the British Business Bank (BBB), comments on how it ca...

England's Heartland and the case for sub-national transport bodies

25.02.19: Martin Tugwell, programme director at England’s Economic Heartland, outlines the body’s vision for the future of the region, and emphasises the importance of sub-national transport bodies. The idea for England’s Economic H...

Healing the divide with Public Health England

25.02.19: Paul Johnstone, north of England regional director for Public Health England (PHE), discusses his organisation’s work in assisting the devolution and public health agenda. With the 2012 Health and Social Care Act, the statutory role o...

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Wiltshire Council withdraws £20m plans to close special schools and reopens consultation

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South Yorkshire leaders make breakthrough in £30m devolution deal

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Councils Can: LGA launches Spending Review campaign

18/03/2019Councils Can: LGA launches Spending Review campaign

Lord Porter, chairman of the Local Government Association, outlines his organisation’s campaign to make sure local government tops to government’s list for this year’s Spending Review. Our #CouncilsCan campaign to influence this year’s Spending Review is well underway and gathering momentum. The money local governm... more >
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Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

17/12/2018Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

One of the public sector’s key technology partners has recently welcomed a new member to its team. Matt Spencer, O2’s head of public ... more >
Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

17/12/2018Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

It’s no secret that the public sector and its service providers need to invest in technology to help make better use of their resources. Bu... more >
New Dorset Councils CEO on the creation of a new unitary: ‘This is going to be the right decision for Dorset’

05/11/2018New Dorset Councils CEO on the creation of a new unitary: ‘This is going to be the right decision for Dorset’

The new chief executive of one of the new unitary authorities in Dorset has outlined his approach to culture and work with employees, arguing tha... more >
Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

15/10/2018Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

On 6 September, the biggest decision-makers of the north joined forces to celebrate and debate how to drive innovation and improvement through th... 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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Flexible working being led by the public sector, Softworks survey finds

26/02/2019Flexible working being led by the public sector, Softworks survey finds

The public sector is leading the way in regar... more >
Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

17/12/2018Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

One of the public sector’s key technolo... more >