Crime Reduction

Councils, NHS trusts and police to work together to tackle serious crime under new ‘public health duty’

15.07.19: Local authorities, NHS trusts and police forces will all be required to work together to tackle serious violence under the new ‘public health duty’. Unveiled by home secretary Sajid Javid in response to a sharp spike in knife cr...

LGA responds to Howard League children's home police call-outs report

08.07.19: Chair of the Local Government Association’s (LGA) Children and Young People Board, councillor Anntoinette Bramble, has praised the positive work being done to reduce criminalisation of children in care. However, as was pointed out in...

Councils to be placed under legal duty to house victims of domestic abuse

13.05.19: Councils are to be given a legal duty to provide “safe houses” for victims of domestic abuse and their children, under new plans announced by the prime minister. Theresa May announced the new policy, backed by government funding...

New emergency services radio system to be at least £3bn overbudget and three years late as Home Office failings blasted by NAO

10.05.19: An overhaul of the communications system used by the UK’s emergency services will be at least £3bn overbudget and three years late, a report from the National Audit Office (NAO) has revealed. The Emergency Services Network was c...

Newham Council leaked sensitive gang information months before wave of ‘serious gang violence’

08.04.19: The London Borough of Newham has been fined after it accidently revealed sensitive personal information on more than 200 suspected gang members which were acquired by rival gangs. The council has been fined £145,000 by the Information...

Gang of council officers given 17-year total jail sentence after stealing more than £1m from three London authorities

20.03.19: A group of corrupt council workers who invented welfare claims to steal more than £1m from three London councils have been sentenced to prison for a total of 17 years. The seven benefit assessors worked at Lambeth, Kingston, and Barki...

‘Betrayed’ foster carers of Parsons Green bomber sue Surrey council

08.03.19: The foster parents of the Parson Green bomber are suing Surrey County Council for negligence after the authority placed him in their home without telling them he had been “trained to kill by ISIS.” Ahmed Hassan was sentenced to...

Mayor-elect quits over controversy surrounding wife’s involvement in TV executive murder case

16.01.19: The mayor-elect of the London Borough of Redbridge has dramatically withdrawn his nomination after it emerged that his wife was involved in the brutal killing of a TV executive. Varinder Singh-Bola, mayor-elect of Redbridge, announced that...

London mayor to ‘probably’ raise council tax to fight police funding shortfall

19.12.18: London mayor Sadiq Khan has told the BBC that council tax will “probably” be raised to help pay for shortfalls in police funding. Speaking to BBC Radio London this morning, the mayor called for greater funding for the force&rsqu...

Rotherham abuse victim reveals council offered convicted sex offender access to her child

28.11.18: Rotherham Council has come under fierce criticism after a convicted sex offender was offered access to the child of one of the victims of the town’s sexual exploitation scandal. Arshid Hussain was jailed for 35 years in 2016 after he...

New disqualification rules for people guilty of serious crimes serving in councils

22.10.18: Rules preventing people found guilty of serious crimes from serving on local councils will be strengthened after a public consultation, the government has announced. Local government minister Rishi Sunak announced the changes to rules that...

Councils found more than £300m in fraud during 2017-18

16.10.18: UK councils detected or prevented a total of £302m in fraud in 2017-18, according to CIPFA. The organisation found that the number of fraud cases had increased compared to last year from 75,000 to 80,000, although the amount of money...

Government launches first public sector counter-fraud profession

09.10.18: The government has announced its first counter-fraud profession for the public sector today, bringing together 10,000 counter-fraud specialists to help members develop their skills. Minister for the constitution Chloe Smith said the fight a...

High Court allows city council to imprison illegal campers on any of 60 ‘vulnerable’ sites

04.10.18: A council has been granted a High Court injunction allowing it to evict travellers setting up camp on protected green sites across the city. The legal move means Wolverhampton City Council will be able to fine, arrest or even imprison anyon...

Javid unveils public sector anti-violence duty in £200m move

04.10.18: Home secretary Sajid Javid has announced a £200m fund to help councils and local services target young people at risk of violent crime. The aim is for a range of different bodies to come together in a multi-agency effort to tackle vio...

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Five new regional economic blueprints launched

19/07/2019Five new regional economic blueprints launched

A series of local economic blueprints have been unveiled, setting out plans for how to boost the earning power and opportunities of people and bu... more >
DfE announces £33.5m for academies to drive improvements

19/07/2019DfE announces £33.5m for academies to drive improvements

Academies in England will receive a package of over £33m to help drive improvement in the education system, the Department for Education (D... more >
TSSA welcomes vote backing HS2 phase 2

17/07/2019TSSA welcomes vote backing HS2 phase 2

The general secretary of the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA) has described the decision by MPs to approve the second stage of the H... more >

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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 feeling of imminent change than the article James Palmer, mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough,... read 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 open — and this needs to happen as soon as possible. The fire at Grenfell Tower has been an unimaginable tragedy and it continues to be a hu... more > more last word articles >
Five new regional economic blueprints launched

19/07/2019Five new regional economic blueprints launched

A series of local economic blueprints have been unveiled, setting out plans for how to boost the earning power and opportunities of people and businesses as part of the Government’s modern ... more >
LGA invites councils to bid for Housing Advisers Programme

19/07/2019LGA invites councils to bid for Housing Advisers Programme

The Local Government Association (LGA) has launched its third year of the Housing Advisers Programme, an innovative scheme to help councils overcome housing challenges in their local areas. ... more >

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New rules to change the future of Social Value

05/06/2019New rules to change the future of Social Value

The government has announced the introduction of new rules to change the future of social value and make the way housing developers stump up the money for infrastructure both simpler and more transparent. These regulatory changes are designed to help achieve its ambition to deliver 300,000 extra homes per year by the mid-2020s.  ... more >
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Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Being on the receiving end of some “thanks” can make communit... more >
How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

19/06/2019How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

Tom Chance, director at the National Community Land Trust Network, argues that community-led initiatives are a productive way of helping to solve... more >
Aberdeen's green transport fleet attracting international attention

19/06/2019Aberdeen's green transport fleet attracting international attention

Aberdeen City Council’s hydrogen spokesperson, councillor Philip Bell, highlights the Granite City’s determination to play a leading ... more >
A fifth of public sector workers have never received a thank you from the people they serve

13/06/2019A fifth of public sector workers have never received a thank you from the people they serve

A fifth of the country’s public sector workers say they have NEVER received a ‘thank you’ for doing their job as Public Service... more >

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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 >
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 >
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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