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Council pledges preventive action after being defrauded of £1m

25.08.17: Dundee City Council has promised to take action to prevent large-scale fraud from happening again after one of its former employees was jailed for five years for stealing more than £1m from the authority. Mark Conway, 52, a former IT...

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...

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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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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 >
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Tower Hamlets taking steps to reverse the decline of LGBT+ venues

16/10/2017Tower Hamlets taking steps to reverse the decline of LGBT+ venues

Tower Hamlets council has recently confirmed that the former site of a popular gay bar, the Joiners Arms, must include an LGBT+ club for the next 25 years. Many people will be pleased to note that the council voted unanimously to ensure that any demolition of the building would only be approved if a late-night venue was built to replace i... more >
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Support for councils following Grenfell

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Ian Moore, CEO of the Fire Industry Association (FIA), discusses the wider lessons of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire and what measures and assess... more >
A quiet revolution

04/09/2017A quiet revolution

Dermot Ryan, programme director at NHS Digital for the Health and Social Care Network (HSCN), talks to PSE about the importance of moving to the ... more >
Effective leadership in uncertain times

04/09/2017Effective leadership in uncertain times

Dr David Beech, lecturer in people management at Salford Business School, argues that continuous renewal and progress is fundamental to effective... more >
Refocusing professional development

04/09/2017Refocusing professional development

Graeme McDonald, managing director of Solace, discusses the importance of taking time out to focus on learning, especially in the ever-changing l... more >


‘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

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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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