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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...

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...

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‘Bodies may be uncollected’: No-deal Brexit chaos could see council staff work from home for months

10/12/2018‘Bodies may be uncollected’: No-deal Brexit chaos could see council staff work from home for months

Bodies will remain uncollected and council staff may be forced to work from home for six months due to gridlocked roads in the event of a no-deal... more >
Major public services contractor seeking second rescue deal to avoid Carillion-style collapse

10/12/2018Major public services contractor seeking second rescue deal to avoid Carillion-style collapse

Interserve, one of the government’s largest outsourcing companies and provider of public services, has announced it is seeking a rescue dea... more >
Councils must set out rough sleeping strategies by 2019 or face government action, Brokenshire warns

10/12/2018Councils must set out rough sleeping strategies by 2019 or face government action, Brokenshire warns

All councils must publish detailed rough sleeping and homelessness strategies by winter 2019 or face government intervention if they fail to do s... 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 >
‘Bodies may be uncollected’: No-deal Brexit chaos could see council staff work from home for months

10/12/2018‘Bodies may be uncollected’: No-deal Brexit chaos could see council staff work from home for months

Bodies will remain uncollected and council staff may be forced to work from home for six months due to gridlocked roads in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Kent County Council has warned. In a... more >
Major public services contractor seeking second rescue deal to avoid Carillion-style collapse

10/12/2018Major public services contractor seeking second rescue deal to avoid Carillion-style collapse

Interserve, one of the government’s largest outsourcing companies and provider of public services, has announced it is seeking a rescue deal as it struggles with £500m of debt and is ... more >

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Re-energising citizen engagement

10/12/2018Re-energising citizen engagement

Could smart cities and social media be the perfect match? Simon Dennis, director of artificial intelligence and analytics innovation at SAS UK, reports.  Politics is a divisive issue and not simply from a philosophical standpoint. Engagement levels are highly polarised across different sections of society. We could postulate man... more >
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The digital buying community is live

12/11/2018The digital buying community is live

Many of the requirements from buyers posted on the Digital Marketplace were either non-compliant or poorly worded, which resulted in challenges f... more >
A force to be reckoned with

12/11/2018A force to be reckoned with

The South Bank plan, which refers to a number of investments and proposed activities across a massive plot of land south of the River Aire, is on... more >
Less for less: the risk of 'core offers'

12/11/2018Less for less: the risk of 'core offers'

As councils across England struggle with their finances in the face of massive cuts from central government, Simon Edwards, director of the Count... more >
A two-speed England

05/11/2018A two-speed England

Central government needs to change its approach to local transport planning and investment, including by consolidating funding and maximising dev... more >

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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 >
Cllr Cutts on dealing with children’s services pressures: ‘I can’t magic money out of the air’

26/09/2018Cllr Cutts on dealing with children’s services pressures: ‘I can’t magic money out of the air’

The leader of Nottinghamshire County Council has outlined her priorities for dealing with soaring demand of children’s services and social ... more >
Nottinghamshire considers unitary shake-up proposals in a bid to balance books

05/09/2018Nottinghamshire considers unitary shake-up proposals in a bid to balance books

Nottinghamshire County Council is considering proposals to scrap its current two-tier structure for a new unitary system in order to save on... more >

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