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Decisions, decisions

18.06.18: The true social value of procurement comes from asking challenging questions and thinking outside the box, argues Melissa Bell, sustainable procurement manager at the YPO. Everyone wants more for their money – and this is even more so...

On a cliff edge: The Barnett Formula

14.06.18: David Phillips, associate director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, gives his analysis of the Barnett Formula post-Brexit and asks: how will we replace EU funding to the devolved governments and local areas of the UK? The UK is due to...

Carillion board’s belief government would bail it out contributed to collapse

23.05.18: The Carillion papers identify “clear and compelling problems” which the government had the opportunity to deal with in the months leading up to its collapse, according to the Public Accounts Committee. Back in January, the House of...

Future of ‘struggling’ high streets to be assessed in new government inquiry

14.05.18: The future of England’s high streets and town centres are set to be reviewed in a new inquiry launched by a government committee. The inquiry, backed by the Housing, Communities and Local Government (HCLG) Committee, will assess the f...

Delays to business rate reforms mean councils face ‘financial cliff edge’

24.04.18: The government has not taken sufficient steps to assess the financial effects of the so called “staircase tax” on local authorities, the housing, communities and local government committee has warned. The Non-Domestic Rating (Proper...

Council to borrow nearly £200m to fix roads

23.04.18: Liverpool City Council is set to invest almost £200m in improving the city’s roads. The cash strapped city council has agreed to borrow £185m at low interest rates to fund the programme over a 25-year period after governme...

Prioritising skills in Birmingham

23.04.18: Paul Swinney, head of policy and research at Centre for Cities, argues that Birmingham must focus on addressing its skills deficit in order to thrive economically.  For much of the late 20th century, Birmingham struggled to shake off i...

Councils must start preparing for the Autumn Budget now

19.04.18: This year will provide the opportunity to develop conversations about local government finance in order to ensure councils stop running on empty, explains Jennifer Glover, policy researcher at the LGiU. In the wake of a very underwhelming S...

Get what you pay for, and only pay for what you get

19.04.18: Matthew Sparkes, deputy director for financial services at the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), on the public sector benefits of the brand-new Spend Analysis and Recovery Services framework. Every year, government bodies including central de...

Half of public sector procurement leads still not preparing for Brexit

05.04.18: Public sector procurement professionals have voiced a swathe of concerns regarding Brexit, with almost half arguing that they are unable to prepare for it – despite its major implications for the sector – because future trade arrange...

Local government funding: getting it right

04.04.18: Simon Edwards, director of County Councils Network (CCN), calls on Whitehall to harness the opportunity to reform the local government funding system for the better. As the sector continues on a journey towards a new methodology to fund loc...

Public service accountability: bringing order to chaos?

04.04.18: Colin Copus, professor of local politics at the Faculty of Business and Law, Local Governance Research Unit at De Montfort University, and Paul O’Brien, chief executive of the Association for Public Service Excellence, consider the options...

Is your organisation considering a spend recovery audit?

03.04.18: ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Hannah Bennett, marketing executive at Audit Partnership, the latest named supplier on the Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS’s) Spend Analysis and Recovery Services II framework, provides an insight into spend...

Local economies ‘broken’ as economic prosperity races ahead of wages

26.03.18: Experts have warned that economies in local areas are currently “broken” due to a disconnect between prosperity and wage increases. The findings unearthed by Localis found that this relationship between productivity and wages va...

Leader resigns after Whitehall report calls for failing council to be split up

16.03.18: The leader of Northamptonshire County Council has announced her resignation after a government report recommended the impoverished authority should be split into two smaller unitary councils. Heather Smith said it “wasn’t an eas...

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Rotherham Council recommended for return of final powers, says commissioners

19/06/2018Rotherham Council recommended for return of final powers, says commissioners

Government-appointed commissioners have given the green-light for Rotherham City Council to be regranted full control of public services after &l... more >
Combustible cladding to be banned in high-rises

19/06/2018Combustible cladding to be banned in high-rises

James Brokenshire has finally revealed plans to ban the use of combustible cladding on high-rise residential buildings. A consultation on bannin... more >
Family of Glasgow boy killed in cemetery awarded compensation by city council

19/06/2018Family of Glasgow boy killed in cemetery awarded compensation by city council

Glasgow City Council will pay compensation to the family of a boy who died after a headstone fell on him. Ciaran Williamson was aged 8 when ... 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... 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 o... more > more last word articles >
Rotherham Council recommended for return of final powers, says commissioners

19/06/2018Rotherham Council recommended for return of final powers, says commissioners

Government-appointed commissioners have given the green-light for Rotherham City Council to be regranted full control of public services after “impressive” improvements across departm... more >
Combustible cladding to be banned in high-rises

19/06/2018Combustible cladding to be banned in high-rises

James Brokenshire has finally revealed plans to ban the use of combustible cladding on high-rise residential buildings. A consultation on banning the use of combustible materials on the walls of... 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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    PSE’s Seamus McDonnell looks at the reactions of councils and the government to the Grenfell Tower fire, from the immediate aftermath to the...
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