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22.12.16: Chief Inspector Rob Hill of Cambridgeshire Constabulary, and head of service for the Prevention and Enforcement Service (PES), explains how the new service is helping to deliver a joined-up approach to tackle crime and quality of life issues in...

Cornwall councils launch collaborative CCTV project

20.12.16: Eight West Cornwall town councils are working together with the region’s rescue and police services to launch a ‘groundbreaking’ CCTV project to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour. The brainchild of Hayle Town Council...

Significant corruption fears as 436 claims of police sexual abuse revealed

09.12.16: Abuse of power for sexual gains by police officers has been revealed as a serious problem in a new report. The latest annual overview of police legitimacy from HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) looked at the problem for the first time....

Borough council probed in potential mass data breach

28.11.16: A Nottinghamshire borough council has been investigated by police after it was potentially the site of a mass breach of data protection laws.  Police were notified in September after a confidential email sent to Broxtowe Borough Counci...

Reform prisons offer chance to halt rise in inmate deaths, doctors’ union says

25.11.16: Increasingly poor health conditions for prison inmates could be prevented by devolving more powers to prisons, the British Medical Association (BMA) said yesterday. In February, David Cameron promised to create six new ‘reform prisons...

Late intervention still costing councils £6.4bn per year, but spending profile shifts

18.11.16: It is still costing local councils £6.4bn a year to deal with damaging social problems which might have been addressed more cheaply earlier on, a new report has revealed. The Early Intervention Foundation’s (EIF’s) most re...

Manchester firefighters pushed to agree to 12-hour shifts in cash-saving bid

20.09.16: All fire fighters in Greater Manchester risk losing their jobs unless they accept newly-revised 12-hour shift patterns as the service struggles to balance its dwindling budget. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority (GMFRA) has alread...

Fall in prison officer numbers has created ‘toxic cocktail’

31.08.16: Prison officer numbers are still at dangerously low levels despite government efforts to recruit more, a prisons’ charity has said. New analysis from the Howard League of Penal Reform shows that in 2016, there were 14,689 officers wor...

Disabled people ‘robbed of independence’ as blue badge thefts treble since 2013

22.08.16: Theft of badges designed to allow disabled drivers free parking has more than trebled in two years, new research from the LGA shows. There were just 656 reports of blue badges being stolen in 2013, but this rose to 1,756 in 2014 and then 2...

Councils accuse campaign of ‘trivialising’ anti-social behaviour

04.08.16: Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) have been defended by councils in response to planned protests across the country this weekend. Campaign group the Manifesto Club has announced that it is holding a series of ‘Protest PSPO’...

New HM Inspector of Constabulary asked to take ‘balanced’ approach

01.08.16: Police representatives have said that inspecting the force “must be about more than ticking boxes” as the government announced the appointment of a new HM Inspector of Constabulary. Matthew Parr, who was previously a rear admira...

A new strategy for fighting fraud and corruption locally

02.06.16: Rachael Tiffen, head of the CIPFA Counter Fraud Centre, discusses the new Fighting Fraud and Corruption Locally strategy and the importance of strong leadership to enable change. Over six years ago I sat in a room with a number of other civ...

Criminal justice system ‘is close to breaking point’ – PAC

27.05.16: Spending cuts have left the criminal justice system “close to breaking point”, a new report from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) warns. The report found that two-thirds of trials to the Crown Court are delayed or do not go a...

Offender management should be devolved and made competitive

24.05.16: Rehabilitation of offenders would be improved if the system was locally devolved, according to a new report. In their report, ‘Local offending, local solutions: devolving offender management’, Kevin Lockyer, a former prison gove...

Continued cuts risk undermining effectiveness of neighbourhood policing – HMIC

18.02.16: Policing cuts risk undermining the effectiveness of neighbourhood policing, the police inspectorate has warned as 18 forces across the country were rated as ‘requiring improvement’. The latest Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of...

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London councils join Design Council scheme to address major social issues

22/03/2017London councils join Design Council scheme to address major social issues

Councils in London will work with design experts as part of a new programme aiming to help authorities address problems with homelessness, homeca... more >
Localis: Industrial reform must be driven and led at local level

22/03/2017Localis: Industrial reform must be driven and led at local level

The government’s industrial strategy should be driven and led at a local level by handing space and powers to leaders to allow them to dict... more >
DCLG returns most powers to Rotherham council

22/03/2017DCLG returns most powers to Rotherham council

Most decision-making powers will now be returned to Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council by the DCLG, a statement by communities secretary Saji... more >

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21/02/2017Untapped potential

As PSE went to press, the government had just released its Industrial Strategy green paper, which has an ambitious aim to “improve living standards and economic growth by increasing productivity and driving growth across the whole country”.  Overall, the strategy was welcomed across the public sector. However, as you’ll read throughout this edition of the magazine, in order to make the aspirations a reality, there... read more >

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Parliament cannot solve homelessness through legislation alone

Parliament cannot solve homelessness through legislation alone

Cllr Michelle Lowe, deputy leader and cabinet member for housing and health at Sevenoaks District Council, argues that if the government is really serious about combating homelessness they will work with councils as an enabler, and fully fund the work of local government as it tries to achieve the impossible. Homelessness is a terrible pr... more > more last word articles >
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Why opening up procurement matters to the UK public sector

22/03/2017Why opening up procurement matters to the UK public sector

Rob Levene, managing director of Bloom, explains why opening up procurement is important to the UK public sector.  Procuring products and services by the UK public sector is big business. The central government procurement budget is estimated to be worth £40bn. So it is no surprise that procurement is a subject that generates a... more >
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Time to embrace change

01/03/2017Time to embrace change

The way we work is changing. As a profession, we must be ready to embrace it, writes James Driver on behalf of the Association for Project Manage... more >
Digital Marketplace: reaching far and wide in the public sector

01/03/2017Digital Marketplace: reaching far and wide in the public sector

Over the next few months, the Government Digital Service (GDS) wants to get a better understanding of how local government and the wider public s... more >
The challenges for innovative procurement

27/02/2017The challenges for innovative procurement

Malcolm Harbour CBE, who wrote Parliament’s first report on innovation in public procurement in 2008 and now chairs the LGA Task and Finish... more >
Glasgow points the way forward for IoT future

27/02/2017Glasgow points the way forward for IoT future

Dr Mark Begbie, business development director at CENSIS, the Scottish Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems, explores how Glasgow is l... more >


Leading transformational change through procurement

01/03/2017Leading transformational change through procurement

Liz Welton, chair of the Society of Procurement Officers in Local Government (SOPO), tells PSE’s David Stevenson why there are lots of oppo... more >
McMahon: I worry that the public are not part of the devolution conversation

20/12/2016McMahon: I worry that the public are not part of the devolution conversation

Jim McMahon, Labour’s shadow minister for local government and devolution, talks to PSE’s David Stevenson about the need to radically... more >
Solace president mandate: Champion diversity and celebrate great public services

20/12/2016Solace president mandate: Champion diversity and celebrate great public services

Jo Miller, the recently-elected president of Solace, talks to PSE about the need for championing great public services and ensuring inclusion at ... more >
The secret to the success of one public estate

19/08/2016The secret to the success of one public estate

Central government has faced strong criticism of its many estate schemes in recent years, but one in particular seems to steer clear of the backl... more >

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