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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...

Police governance and service delivery in the 21st century

23.06.17: Barry Loveday, reader in criminal justice administration at the University of Portsmouth, considers the role that the new metro mayors will have on policing and local service delivery. How significant the arrival of the new directly-elected...

Police to patrol outside Tower Hamlets polling stations

07.06.17: Police will be present at the polling stations in Tower Hamlets tomorrow in an effort to combat electoral fraud during the general election. The measure has been put in place by watchdog the Electoral Commission after the area was hit by al...

Khan: Met could lose over 12,000 officers under Tory spending plans

06.06.17: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has today warned that up to 12,800 constables could be taken off the street if the Conservatives come into power, despite the capital being hit by its second terrorist attacks in three months. Khan claimed that th...

Unlocking the combination to criminal justice reform

28.04.17: If new mayors want to improve the life chances of their communities, help the most vulnerable and trailblaze public service reform, then criminal justice transformation and ‘whole-place’ pooling of public service budgets must be prio...

Prevention & Enforcement Service

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’...

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Authority slapped with £70,000 fine for data protection mishap

18/08/2017Authority slapped with £70,000 fine for data protection mishap

A London council has been slapped with a £70,000 fine after it failed to keep up to 89,000 people’s information secure on its parking... more >
Councils call for ‘lighter touch’ to public procurement after Brexit

18/08/2017Councils call for ‘lighter touch’ to public procurement after Brexit

Councils have called for a more efficient “lighter touch” system for procurement after the UK leaves the European Union. In a st... more >
Union ‘hails victory’ as Birmingham bin strike called off

17/08/2017Union ‘hails victory’ as Birmingham bin strike called off

Unite has “hailed victory” in its dispute with Birmingham City Council over refuse worker jobs being cut, and has suspended its curre... more >

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14/08/2017Time for reflection

A lot has happened since the last edition of PSE was published. In particular, the snap general election delivered an astounding result that many of the pollsters and political experts could not have predicted when Theresa May initially called for it back in April. Chris Painter, Professor Emeritus at Birmingham City University, provides a fascinating analysis of the campaign, and assesses the aftermath of the election on pages 26-28. I... 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 >
Authority slapped with £70,000 fine for data protection mishap

18/08/2017Authority slapped with £70,000 fine for data protection mishap

A London council has been slapped with a £70,000 fine after it failed to keep up to 89,000 people’s information secure on its parking ticket system website. Islington Council&rsq... more >
Councils call for ‘lighter touch’ to public procurement after Brexit

18/08/2017Councils call for ‘lighter touch’ to public procurement after Brexit

Councils have called for a more efficient “lighter touch” system for procurement after the UK leaves the European Union. In a statement, the LGA said that this could include givi... more >

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Delivering social value in public sector procurement

07/08/2017Delivering social value in public sector procurement

Theresa Grant, CEO of Trafford Council, explains how local authorities in the Greater Manchester area are making every penny of public spend provide that little bit more value for money. ‘Prisoners in Forest Bank Prison in Salford are being given the opportunity to gain an NVQ qualification thanks to a local government contract.’&... more >
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Helping reduce energy costs

16/08/2017Helping reduce energy costs

Joseph Ernst-Herman, director of utilities and fuels at the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), discusses the launch of the new Demand Side Response ... more >
Leading in the challenging times ahead

16/08/2017Leading in the challenging times ahead

Following the Brexit vote, Cllr Philip Atkins OBE, County Councils Network (CCN) vice-chairman and leader of Staffordshire County Council, has ca... more >
The 2017 General Election: From landslide to precipice

16/08/2017The 2017 General Election: From landslide to precipice

Chris Painter, Professor Emeritus at Birmingham City University, assesses the aftermath of yet another election shock. Theresa May could not... more >
Thinking outside the box for the workforce of tomorrow

14/08/2017Thinking outside the box for the workforce of tomorrow

Claire Mansfield, head of research at the New Local Government Network (NLGN), Lucy Terry, senior researcher at the organisation, Barry Pirie, a ... more >

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‘The HSCN is the realisation of industry best practice’

30/06/2017‘The HSCN is the realisation of industry best practice’

Keith Smith, public sector business development manager at Virgin Media Business, tells PSE’s Luana Salles that health and social care orga... more >
HSCN: The enabler for a more joined-up public sector

26/06/2017HSCN: The enabler for a more joined-up public sector

Mark Hall, Chief Assurance Officer at Redcentric, discusses NHS Digital’s project, the new Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) and what b... more >
Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

25/04/2017Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

Ahead of this year’s mayoral elections, Lord Kerslake, the former head of the Civil Service, tells PSE’s David Stevenson why the argu... more >
New social care funding misses the point

13/04/2017New social care funding misses the point

Clive Betts MP, chair of the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee, reflects on the social care funding released in this year’s ... more >

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