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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...

Essex council employees offered 10 fully paid days to police local communities

21.09.18: Staff members at a council in Essex are being offered 10 fully paid days to leave the office and team up with local police to give back to their local communities. Basildon Council launched an event yesterday endorsing Employing Supported P...

Modern policing: the future is bright

06.08.18: SPONSORED INTERVIEW The public sector, and policing in particular, has often been criticised as being slow to adapt to change. But now, says Louise Fellows, O2’s new managing partner for Homes Affairs, things are changing. She sits down...

One step closer to voter IDs at elections

19.07.18: Chloe Smith MP, Minister for the Constitution, evaluates the outcomes of the voter ID pilots conducted at the last local elections. We are one step closer to strengthening the integrity of our electoral system through requiring electors to...

In cybercrime, there is no classic victim – and no common attacker

25.06.18: When it comes to cyber security, we are only as strong as our weakest link. PSE’s Jack Donnelly explores how safety in the digital age has drastically changed the landscape of crime, and looks at what the public, private and academic secto...

Local authorities are not MI5, warns LGA

05.06.18: Councils should not be treated as a replacement for the security services and police, the LGA has warned. The comments come in response to the government’s publication of the updated counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST. A review of the...

Leicester armours parking meters after spike in break-ins

17.05.18: Leicester City Council has resorted to armour-plating its parking meters to combat thieves. According to the council, there have already been 84 instances of thieves breaking into parking meters since April, with almost £12,000 being stol...

Equipping the cyber security gatekeepers

08.05.18: With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) just around the corner, cyber security is on the lips of the whole public sector – but PSE’s Josh Mines argues that training is falling short for England’s local government wor...

LGA to receive £1.5m in funding from Whitehall to tackle cyber criminals

01.05.18: The Cabinet Office has granted £1.5m in funds to the Local Governments Association that will be used to carry out a “stocktake” of cyber security arrangements in all councils across England. Cyber-crime is seen by many as...

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...

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CIPFA warns councils against exposing public money to risk in commercial property investment

19/10/2018CIPFA warns councils against exposing public money to risk in commercial property investment

Councils have been warned not to expose public funds to “unnecessary or unquantified risk” when borrowing to invest in commercial pro... more >
Oxford housing plan to build ‘upwards’ approved by city council

19/10/2018Oxford housing plan to build ‘upwards’ approved by city council

Plans to build “upwards” for the first time in Oxford city centre in a bid to tackle a major shortage of housing have been approved b... more >
Council strips contract from NHS trusts and hands it to Virgin after High Court row

18/10/2018Council strips contract from NHS trusts and hands it to Virgin after High Court row

Lancashire County Council (LCC) has awarded a controversial £104m healthcare contract to Virgin Care for the second time after a hearing in... 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 >
CIPFA warns councils against exposing public money to risk in commercial property investment

19/10/2018CIPFA warns councils against exposing public money to risk in commercial property investment

Councils have been warned not to expose public funds to “unnecessary or unquantified risk” when borrowing to invest in commercial property in a statement from CIPFA. In a joint s... more >
Oxford housing plan to build ‘upwards’ approved by city council

19/10/2018Oxford housing plan to build ‘upwards’ approved by city council

Plans to build “upwards” for the first time in Oxford city centre in a bid to tackle a major shortage of housing have been approved by the city council. The new plans will focus ... more >

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What cities should become

15/10/2018What cities should become

Tom Leaver, project manager at Future Cities Catapult, examines the rationale behind the creation of the City Data Sharing Toolkit, and explores how this is driving a seismic shift in how cities evolve into our data-rich future. We’re used to big-screen sci-fi future cities being dystopian monoliths to everything wrong with the worl... more >
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Inspiring leadership in social value

15/10/2018Inspiring leadership in social value

We have learned a lot since the last National Social Value Conference, with many organisations both in the public and private sectors now embeddi... more >
Is fair funding possible, or pie in the sky?

15/10/2018Is fair funding possible, or pie in the sky?

David Phillips, associate director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, discusses the current health of local government finance, and how a bette... 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 >
The Convention of the North

15/10/2018The Convention of the North

Steve Rotheram, mayor of the Liverpool City Region, discusses the findings of the very first Convention of the North, which was held in Newcastle... more >

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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 >
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 >

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