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Tory plans to achieve budget surplus by 2025 slammed as ‘disappointing’

22.05.17: Conservative targets to achieve a budget surplus for public sector borrowing by 2025 have been described as “disappointing” by a key economic think tank. In analysis by the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS), it was found that the...

Lib Dems join Labour in pledge to scrap 1% public sector pay cap

16.05.17: Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has pledged to put an end to the government’s 1% public sector pay cap and uprate wages in line with inflation, a commitment that is in line with Labour’s pledges according to its leaked manifesto. ...

Northern mayors call for transport investment priority over London

16.05.17: The two newly-elected metro mayors of Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region have launched a call for the government to prioritise infrastructure investment in the north, namely by committing to build an east-west rail link across the regi...

Driving inclusive growth should be ‘top priority’ for metro mayors

12.05.17: Ensuring economic growth that works for everybody should be a “number one” priority for the incoming metro mayors, a key social policy research centre charity has found. In its second Annual Growth Monitor, the Joseph Rowntree F...

After divisive 15% council tax rise plans, Surrey underspends by £7m

09.05.17: The local authority that had planned to hike its council tax by an enormous 15% in order to fight against social care cuts – in a move that has since raised suspicions of a “sweetheart deal” with the DCLG – has under...

Liverpool residents hardest hit by council austerity cuts

03.05.17: Residents in Liverpool are more aware of cuts to local council services than people living in three other major English cities, according to a new poll. Conducted by YouGov and released by charity Power to Change, the survey looked into how...

Government told to improve ‘failing’ departmental accounts

02.05.17: Annual reports and accounts of government departments are currently failing in their purpose of explaining to the public and Parliament the purpose and effectiveness of government spending, MPs have today warned. It was found that accounts...

An integrated approach to greening public transport

28.04.17: Dave Pearson, director of transport services at West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA), explains how a partnership approach is encouraging more people to use public transport and improve air quality in the region. Reducing carbon emission...

NAO: Little progress has been made in achieving GPU ambitions

25.04.17: The Government Property Unit (GPU) has made little progress towards its objective of creating a shared and integrated estate since it was set up in 2010, the National Audit Office (NAO) has today stated. In a report released today, called &...

DCLG announce allocation for £300m business rates relief fund amidst confusion

24.04.17: The allocation for the £300m package promised in the Spring Budget to ease pressure on small businesses hit hardest by changes to business rates has been released by the DCLG. This comes after reports that the fund had been pushed bac...

Council CEOs welcome Industrial Strategy to drive devolution

21.04.17: Council chief executives have welcomed the Industrial Strategy Green Paper, saying that they agree with the government’s plans to build a stronger economy and fairer society and the opportunity it offers to unlock further devolution. ...

Scottish councils urged to target local SMEs with procurement spend

21.04.17: Less than a fifth of council procurement budgets in Scotland are spent on small or medium sized enterprises (SME), the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has revealed. This has led the organisation to call on Scottish councils to pledge a...

Mott MacDonald selected to deliver services for Cambridge city deal

11.04.17: Mott MacDonald has been selected to provide multidisciplinary services on a framework agreement for a number of schemes involved with the Greater Cambridge City Deal (GCCD). The company will provide services for transport planning, business...

Councils invited to bid for share of £490m road investment fund

07.04.17: Councils can now bid for a share of the £490m put aside by central government to improve the nation’s roads. Starting yesterday, funding from the National Productivity Investment Fund will be available for a variety of local roa...

60% of households report poor broadband speeds despite £700m council investment

06.04.17: Around 59% of households – a total of 16 million nationwide – experienced problems with their broadband last year, a survey conducted by consumer champion Which? has revealed. Of those affected, three in 10 said the issues made...

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Tories will take education spending back to 2010 levels, warns IFS

26/05/2017Tories will take education spending back to 2010 levels, warns IFS

Conservative plans to reduce spending on schools would lead to a 7% real-terms cut for the education sector between 2015-16 and 2021-22, accordin... more >
Almost all council websites now optimised for mobile devices

26/05/2017Almost all council websites now optimised for mobile devices

Almost all local councils have now repurposed their websites to present a responsive or mobile site when accessed on a smartphone. In a surv... more >
Manchester leaders thank public for £4.1m donations to attack fund

26/05/2017Manchester leaders thank public for £4.1m donations to attack fund

Local leaders in Manchester have heaped praise on the public after £4.1m was raised in support of survivors of the terrorist attack on Mond... more >

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11/04/2017A watershed moment in British politics

The government has now officially triggered Article 50, formally starting the process of Britain’s exit from the EU. How this will affect local government, the wider public sector and the Civil Service remains to be seen, but the likelihood of it being plain sailing with the enormity of the task ahead seems rather unlikely.  It... read more >

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Collaborative working is the key to the future at home and abroad

Collaborative working is the key to the future at home and abroad

David Hawkins, operations director at the Institute for Collaborative Working (ICW), on why ISO 44001 is a new evolution in collaborative working. The past 12 months have seen seismic change... more > more last word articles >
Tories will take education spending back to 2010 levels, warns IFS

26/05/2017Tories will take education spending back to 2010 levels, warns IFS

Conservative plans to reduce spending on schools would lead to a 7% real-terms cut for the education sector between 2015-16 and 2021-22, according to experts from the Institute of Fiscal Studies.... more >
Almost all council websites now optimised for mobile devices

26/05/2017Almost all council websites now optimised for mobile devices

Almost all local councils have now repurposed their websites to present a responsive or mobile site when accessed on a smartphone. In a survey conducted in April and May 2017 by Better Conne... more >

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A watershed moment in British democracy

02/05/2017A watershed moment in British democracy

The upcoming mayoral elections represent a watershed moment in the history of British democracy, reports PSE’s Luana Salles.  On 4 May, voters across six regions will take to the polls to decide who should captain their public services until 2020.  As part of the elections, the DCLG has kick-started the ‘Our May... more >
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An integrated approach to greening public transport

28/04/2017An integrated approach to greening public transport

Dave Pearson, director of transport services at West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA), explains how a partnership approach is encouraging more... more >
Unlocking the combination to criminal justice reform

28/04/2017Unlocking the combination to criminal justice reform

If new mayors want to improve the life chances of their communities, help the most vulnerable and trailblaze public service reform, then criminal... more >
Improving information sharing to support integration

28/04/2017Improving information sharing to support integration

Kevin Kewin, a senior adviser in the Care and Health Improvement Programme at the LGA, explains how social care can be transformed through the us... more >
Putting digital at the heart of service delivery

28/04/2017Putting digital at the heart of service delivery

Following the recent Smart Essex Digital Summit, which was hosted by Essex County Council, David Wilde, executive director and chief information ... more >

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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 >
Leading transformational change through procurement

01/03/2017Leading transformational change through procurement

Liz Welton, chair of the Society of Procurement Officers in Local Government (SOPO), tells PSE’s David Stevenson why there are lots of oppo... more >
McMahon: I worry that the public are not part of the devolution conversation

20/12/2016McMahon: I worry that the public are not part of the devolution conversation

Jim McMahon, Labour’s shadow minister for local government and devolution, talks to PSE’s David Stevenson about the need to radically... more >

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