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Councils should be able to confiscate criminal landlords’ properties, MPs say

20.04.18: Local councils should be empowered to confiscate properties belonging to criminal landlords who exploit vulnerable tenants, MPs said today. The Housing, Communities and Local Government (HCLG) Committee said today in a new report that vulne...

Basic approach to cyber security ‘no longer enough’ to tackle growing threat

13.04.18: UK business are suffering more online attacks than ever before as criminals adapt to digital advances and launch emerging threats such as cloud storage theft and cryptojacking, it has been revealed. In a stark report released to mark this y...

Telford council to investigate historic and current child sex abuse in town

13.04.18: A non-statutory inquiry will give victims of child sexual exploitation in Telford and Wrekin the opportunity to give evidence in private and encourage other victims to come forward, it is hoped. Telford and Wrekin Council has announced its plan...

GCHQ to open new base to put Manchester ‘at the heart of UK security’

11.04.18: Spy agency GCHQ is to set up a new base in Manchester, it has been announced. Although the exact location of the base has not been revealed, chiefs say it will place the city “at the heart of the nation’s security.” The ann...

Gauke announces ambition for criminal justice devolution in the capital

27.03.18: A new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will fundamentally change the criminal justice system (CJS) in London, the justice secretary has announced. David Gauke signed the MoU with London Councils and the mayor’s Office for Policing and Cr...

West Midlands council calls on Whitehall for child sexual abuse inquiry

15.03.18: A West Midlands council leader has called on the Home Office to conduct an independent investigation into child sex exploitation after a series of shocking allegations came to light in recent days. Telford and Wrekin Council leader Shaun Da...

Youth offending teams see funding cuts as youth knife crime rises

06.03.18: Success at tackling youth crime will be threatened unless funding in this area is maintained, the LGA has recently warned. Councils have not yet received their youth justice grant allocations for 2018-19, despite having to set budgets within tw...

LDSC: Staying safe online

26.02.18: Neil Sinclair, chief operating officer at the London Digital Security Centre (LDSC), on the ways that his organisation is combatting cybercrime across the capital by working alongside the mayor and local businesses. Cybercrime is one of the...

London policing to be given extra £60m to fund more officers

14.02.18: Sadiq Khan has announced another £60m is to go into London policing from 2019. 1,000 extra officers will be funded from business rates in a bid to reduce the impact of government cuts. It follows a similar announcement in Decembe...

Prescribed heroin could be part of West Midlands anti-drug plans

12.02.18: Heroin could soon be prescribed to drug addicts under plans set out by the West Midlands police and crime commissioner. David Jamieson announced the proposals this morning in a bid to tackle the cost of drugs to public services, and reduce...

Companies using phone boxes to ‘smuggle’ advertising onto high streets, LGA warns

30.01.18: The government should clamp down on companies installing telephone boxes on England’s high streets without permission in order to cheaply advertise to consumers, the LGA has said. Current regulations allow companies to install telephone b...

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...

Mayors ‘implore’ chancellor to end worrying police cuts in Budget

14.11.17: The Mayors of London and Greater Manchester have joined forces to call for an end to the police funding crisis. The pair have written to chancellor, Phillip Hammond, urging him to use the coming Autumn Budget to end the real-terms cuts that hav...

Council pledges preventive action after being defrauded of £1m

25.08.17: Dundee City Council has promised to take action to prevent large-scale fraud from happening again after one of its former employees was jailed for five years for stealing more than £1m from the authority. Mark Conway, 52, a former IT...

Scammers costing residents £10bn a year, LGA warns

08.08.17: Councils have today warned residents to be alert to criminals looking to extort money from them, as it was revealed that more than two scams and attempted scams are now being reported to authorities every day. The LGA said that scams report...

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Dorset merger could be at risk as Christchurch finds new route to legal challenge

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North of Tyne devolution deal suffers another setback

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The planned vote on 17 April on the North of Tyne devolution deal was suspended for a second time, giving the current combined authority’s ... more >
Councils should be able to confiscate criminal landlords’ properties, MPs say

20/04/2018Councils should be able to confiscate criminal landlords’ properties, MPs say

Local councils should be empowered to confiscate properties belonging to criminal landlords who exploit vulnerable tenants, MPs said today. ... 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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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 >
Dorset merger could be at risk as Christchurch finds new route to legal challenge

20/04/2018Dorset merger could be at risk as Christchurch finds new route to legal challenge

There might still be a lawful route to legally challenge the government’s decision to merge councils across Dorset, Christchurch Borough Council has claimed. In board papers released a... more >
North of Tyne devolution deal suffers another setback

20/04/2018North of Tyne devolution deal suffers another setback

The planned vote on 17 April on the North of Tyne devolution deal was suspended for a second time, giving the current combined authority’s plans for devolution yet another delay. The d... more >

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Councils must start preparing for the Autumn Budget now

19/04/2018Councils must start preparing for the Autumn Budget now

This year will provide the opportunity to develop conversations about local government finance in order to ensure councils stop running on empty,... more >
Get what you pay for, and only pay for what you get

19/04/2018Get what you pay for, and only pay for what you get

Matthew Sparkes, deputy director for financial services at the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), on the public sector benefits of the brand-new Spe... more >
Employment support must work for all

19/04/2018Employment support must work for all

London’s new Work and Health Programmes (WHPs), which have now gone live, will help thousands more people get into work across the capital,... more >
Creating a common digital direction

19/04/2018Creating a common digital direction

Phil Rumens, chair of the LocalGov Digital Steering Group and digital services manager for West Berkshire Council, urges local authorities to mak... more >

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Data at the heart of digital transformation

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SPONSORED INTERVIEW Grant Caley, UK & Ireland chief technologist at NetApp, speaks to PSE’s Luana Salles about the benefits of movin... more >
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 >
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