Economy and Infrastructure

Councils raise service quality concerns as budget pressures start to bite

14.09.17: Councils have this week expressed serious concern that they will not be able to maintain high service quality under the current rate of budget cuts from central government. Research conducted by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) looked...

Council slams Javid for ‘empty rhetoric’ and radio silence on council finances

11.09.17: A Basildon councillor has been left frustrated at the failure of communities secretary Sajid Javid to respond to a letter concerning council finances sent to him 10 weeks ago. Cllr Gavin Callaghan, the authority’s Policy and Resources...

New IT procurement framework aims to save public sector £180m

07.09.17: Public sector organisations have been encouraged to save millions on the cost of specialist IT expertise by buying through a new Crown Commercial Service (CCS) procurement framework. The CCS has also confirmed that it has this week awarded...

County forced to slash £45m to fix ‘extremely challenging’ finances

07.09.17: A major council in the north has this week announced that it is considering pushing for £45m worth of savings to keep its fragile financial position afloat in the future. Lancashire County Council will hold a cabinet meeting next week...

Additional fees for council services on the rise, think tank finds

06.09.17: Residents are increasingly paying additional fees for council-run services that are already funded through tax, a leading think tank has today stated. The research gathered by the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA), which analysed 22 services...

Councils urged to bid for new tranche of business rates retention pilots

04.09.17: Local authorities are being invited to put forward sustainable and collaborative proposals to retain their business rates growth locally as the DCLG prepares for the second round of pilots. From April 2018, the government will launch anothe...

An opportunity or a self-inflicted wound?

30.08.17: A year after the UK voted to leave the EU and months since Article 50 was triggered, it’s still unclear what direction Brexit is going to take. PSE’s Josh Mines reports from the Public Sector Show about what the opportunities and con...

Making the public pound count

29.08.17: Rt Hon Hazel Blears, chair of Social Investment Business and a leading member of the National Advisory Board for Global Impact Investment, discusses the importance of achieving social, economic and environmental impact through procurement. ...

Early learning from a City Deal

23.08.17: Newcastle City Council CEO Pat Ritchie explains how the area's City Deal is providing ambitious places with the funding they need to drive inclusive growth locally. I’m certain anyone who hasn’t visited Newcastle for a while can...

It’s all part of the master plan

21.08.17: Dawn Baxendale, chief executive of Southampton City Council, talks about the city’s ambitions and the importance of its Master Plan, which has given investors greater confidence to commit their money to the area. We have ambitious pla...

Now more than ever we need long-term strategic economic management

21.08.17: While the government still deliberates the feedback to its industrial strategy consultation, the independent Industrial Strategy Commission has identified a number of key foundational themes to make it a success. PSE’s David Stevenson repo...

Councils call for ‘lighter touch’ to public procurement after Brexit

18.08.17: 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 giving local authorities greater power to use local su...

Street: West Midlands rail franchise award a ‘game changer’ for region

10.08.17: Local authorities in the West Midlands have welcomed new investment in transport in the region as the contract for the new rail franchise in the area was awarded by the Department for Transport (DfT). West Midlands Trains Ltd, a partnership...

County launches Growth Hub to drive SME innovation

09.08.17: An English local authority has this week launched a scheme to help SMEs in its region develop effective business strategies and grow a culture of innovation at their organisation. Northamptonshire County Council has started up its ‘No...

DCLG reveals £15m fund to boost Northern tech and creative industries

07.08.17: The government has announced a £15m tranche of funding available for Northern towns and cities to improve the tech, creative and cultural industries in their region. The Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund will give councils the chanc...

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‘Fundamental rethink’ on social housing needed as Javid brings forward green paper

20/09/2017‘Fundamental rethink’ on social housing needed as Javid brings forward green paper

A wide-ranging, top-to-bottom green paper on social housing is to be brought forward by the government, Sajid Javid has this week announced. ... more >
Cost benefit analysis of government infrastructure ‘misused and poorly communicated’

20/09/2017Cost benefit analysis of government infrastructure ‘misused and poorly communicated’

The government must improve its system for valuing the costs and benefits of its infrastructure to improve the delivery of key projects, experts ... more >
Birmingham recalls Improvement Panel following ‘serious setbacks’

20/09/2017Birmingham recalls Improvement Panel following ‘serious setbacks’

Birmingham City Council’s improvement panel is to stay at the city, despite the authority telling the DCLG that it no longer required its s... 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 ... 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 >
‘Fundamental rethink’ on social housing needed as Javid brings forward green paper

20/09/2017‘Fundamental rethink’ on social housing needed as Javid brings forward green paper

A wide-ranging, top-to-bottom green paper on social housing is to be brought forward by the government, Sajid Javid has this week announced. Speaking at the National Housing Federation confe... more >
Cost benefit analysis of government infrastructure ‘misused and poorly communicated’

20/09/2017Cost benefit analysis of government infrastructure ‘misused and poorly communicated’

The government must improve its system for valuing the costs and benefits of its infrastructure to improve the delivery of key projects, experts have today revealed.   In a report calle... more >

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How do we deliver true social and economic value for the community?

18/09/2017How do we deliver true social and economic value for the community?

Five years on from the introduction of the Social Value Act, Alison Ramsey, frameworks co-ordinator at Scape Procure, reflects on the key questions that prompted the legislation’s introduction. The Social Value Act was an important landmark. It decisively addressed the need for major public projects led by all public bodies to maxim... more >
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Support for councils following Grenfell

04/09/2017Support for councils following Grenfell

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 >

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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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