Crime Reduction

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...

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...

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CCN calls for larger county council role in planning

20/06/2018CCN calls for larger county council role in planning

A larger role for county councils in planning to solve the affordability crisis has been backed by two new reports launched today. A study from ... more >
Councils should copy New York’s property levy to raise billions

20/06/2018Councils should copy New York’s property levy to raise billions

Councils in England could raise up to £62bn by mirroring New York’s property levy, according to the Association for Consultancy and Eng... more >
Rotherham Council recommended for return of final powers, says commissioners

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Government-appointed commissioners have given the green-light for Rotherham City Council to be regranted full control of public services after &l... 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 >
CCN calls for larger county council role in planning

20/06/2018CCN calls for larger county council role in planning

A larger role for county councils in planning to solve the affordability crisis has been backed by two new reports launched today. A study from Catriona Riddell Associates for the County Council... more >
Councils should copy New York’s property levy to raise billions

20/06/2018Councils should copy New York’s property levy to raise billions

Councils in England could raise up to £62bn by mirroring New York’s property levy, according to the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE). ACE’s report, ‘Unlo... more >

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The work of the vanguards can help overcome the challenges of integrated care

29/05/2018The work of the vanguards can help overcome the challenges of integrated care

Following the announcement of the second wave of integrated care systems (ICSs), NHS Providers, the NHS Confederation, NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) and the LGA reflect on how lessons learnt by members from across the four organisations – that have designed and worked together as part of the vanguards – will support the j... more >
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Grenfell, one year on

18/06/2018Grenfell, one year on

In the year since the Grenfell Tower disaster, the LGA has been working tirelessly to ramp up fire safety regulations and ban ‘desktop&rsqu... more >
Brexit's long shadow over devolution

18/06/2018Brexit's long shadow over devolution

The EU Referendum and the stop-start Brexit negotiations have left a looming shadow of uncertainty over devolution in the UK, writes Anthony Sala... more >
Decisions, decisions

18/06/2018Decisions, decisions

The true social value of procurement comes from asking challenging questions and thinking outside the box, argues Melissa Bell, sustainable procu... more >
Finding the balance

18/06/2018Finding the balance

Douglas White, head of advocacy at the Carnegie UK Trust, evaluates the risk-benefit relationship of data sharing within the public sector, highl... more >

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Data at the heart of digital transformation

03/04/2018Data at the heart of digital transformation

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 >
Keeping London safe

05/03/2018Keeping London safe

Theo Blackwell, London’s first-ever chief digital officer (CDO), speaks to PSE’s Luana Salles about the role he plays in ensuring the... more >
BIM: Digitising the public sector

19/02/2018BIM: Digitising the public sector

PSE’s Josh Mines talks to Stephen Crompton, CTO at GroupBC, and Stuart Bell, the company’s sales and marketing director, about how Bu... more >

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    David Willett, corporate director at The Open University, walks us through the university’s research into the apprenticeship levy, as well as...
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