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Crown Commercial Service: Travel solutions on track

10.09.18: Katrina Williams, head of travel at the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), explains how they are helping government organisations to get the best deal when buying travel solutions. It has been a trend since before the turn of the century: digi...

LEPs need to do more for England's countryside

10.09.18: Paul Miner, head of strategic plans and devolution at the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), highlights the findings of a recent survey which show that local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) need to become more sensitive to the needs of rur...

What about social care?

10.09.18: Cllr Izzi Seccombe, chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, looks at the exclusion of social care from the government’s recent NHS funding pledge. The £20bn annual funding increase for the NHS was a bittersweet an...

Re-evaluating public service reforms

10.09.18: Chris Painter, professor emeritus at Birmingham City University, explores the paradox of reform principles persisting despite mounting evidence about their limitations. This article critically revisits a number of public service reform prin...

Transforming the health of the country

03.09.18: With the nation facing public health challenges of epidemic proportions, forward-thinking local authorities are invited to apply to the Design in the Public Sector Programme, delivered in partnership with the LGA, writes Sarah Weir OBE, chief ex...

Stay on top of energy efficiency

03.09.18: As the grid goes green, do we still need to consider energy efficiency? The Mayor of London’s RE:FIT team investigates. According to recently published greenhouse gas emissions factors, the UK is making excellent progress towards deca...

The Citizens’ Assembly, Part II

03.09.18: In a follow-up to his article in PSE June/July, director of Involve Tim Hughes provides an update on the recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly on Social Care – namely, that social care should be free at the point of use. The...

Building Birmingham Scholarship

03.09.18: Clive Skidmore, assistant director for housing development at Birmingham City Council, takes us back to when the Building Birmingham Scholarship programme was created and explains how it has helped young people since then. In 2008, the City...

Delivering the digital goods

28.08.18: Matt Prosser, Solace’s spokesperson for digital leadership and interim head of paid service at the Shadow Dorset Council, discusses the future of digital colocation between local authorities. Sitting around a table with some of the mo...

The great British sell-off

28.08.18: Tony Armstrong, chief executive of Locality, takes a look at the number of publicly-owned assets being sold off to the private sector after bearing the brunt of austerity, and considers what can be done.  We have known for some time th...

Party conferences preview

28.08.18: After a politically rocky few months, PSE’s Jack Donnelly tells us what to expect at this year’s trio of major party conferences, taking place across the months of September and October. Conservatives The Conservatives will hol...

Management: Hard to be agile?

28.08.18: Peter Stansbury, lead author of the Agile Business Consortium’s Agile Digital Services (AgileDS) training course and qualification, recommends leaving behind traditional management techniques and embracing a forward-thinking behaviour in t...

The power of kindness

23.08.18: Carnegie UK Trust fellow Julia Unwin CBE discusses the direction that public services are going, and argues that well-intentioned reforms might put efficiency ahead of basic human kindness and interaction. There are words that we use in our...

A new era of opportunity for the north

13.08.18: It’s time to stop seeing transport investment as a nice-to-have: it’s a cut-through catalyst for growth in sectors across the north. Barry White, chief executive of Transport for the North (TfN), discusses how connectivity is the bed...

Council mergers: little gain, less democratic

13.08.18: Dr Linze Schaap, associate professor at the Tilburg Centre for Regional Law and Governance, and Dr Niels Karsten, assistant professor at the Tilburg Institute of Governance, provide evidence from abroad to justify why larger authorities are not...

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Social value: what is it and why?

14/09/2018Social value: what is it and why?

Ben Carpenter, chief executive of Social Value UK, discusses the worth of social value, and argues that, before we start measuring social value, we should ask clearly: what is it, and why? Social value is so much more than a value for money exercise. If you see social value as simply a new catchphrase for ‘efficiency savings’... more >
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Michael King: Time for Ombudsman reform

06/08/2018Michael King: Time for Ombudsman reform

Michael King first joined the Local Government Ombudsman service back in 2004 as deputy ombudsman. At the start of 2017, he was appointed as the ... more >
Helping a city understand itself

06/08/2018Helping a city understand itself

SPONSORED INTERVIEW The urban landscape is changing. How can local authorities keep up with citizen behaviour? Stephen Leece, managing directo... more >
Modern policing: the future is bright

06/08/2018Modern policing: the future is bright

SPONSORED INTERVIEW The public sector, and policing in particular, has often been criticised as being slow to adapt to change. But now, says L... more >
Data at the heart of digital transformation

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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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