Economy and Infrastructure

NAO: Decisive action needed to keep at-risk road investment projects afloat

23.03.17: Key projects in the government’s road investment strategy are at risk of cancellation if “decisive action” is not taken by the summer to develop a realistic approach to delivering road maintenance targets, a report by the Natio...

Localis: Industrial reform must be driven and led at local level

22.03.17: The government’s industrial strategy should be driven and led at a local level by handing space and powers to leaders to allow them to dictate policy “from the front”, a new report by Localis has argued today. The research...

Public sector wages in sharp decline as real pay levels fall

15.03.17: Public sector pay is in decline and likely to continue decreasing for the next few years, the Resolution Foundation’s forecast taken from ONS’s figures for Q4 have today revealed, with unions arguing there is now an “overwhelmi...

Bus Services Bill last hope to fix threat of ‘transport deserts’

14.03.17: Deep funding cuts have pushed councils to reduce or entirely withdraw over 500 bus routes across England and Wales in 2016-17, meaning some areas will soon become “transport deserts” where there is no public transport at all, campaig...

RAC report outlines ‘chronic need’ for greater investment in local roads

10.03.17: More than 3,000 council-maintained road bridges in the UK are substandard and not fit to carry the heaviest vehicles now seen on the country’s roads, according to a report by the RAC Foundation. The study, which analysed data from 199...

Midlands Engine strategy outlines £390m investment boost for region

09.03.17: The treasury has today unveiled its Midlands Engine strategy following the Spring Budget that outlines the government’s planned investment in the region building on work already being implemented from the modern Industrial Strategy. T...

Hammond launches £690m competition to tackle urban congestion

08.03.17: A £690m competition was launched today to allow local authorities across England to tackle urban congestion and get local transport networks back on the move. The initiative was announced by Phillip Hammond in the Spring Budget as the...

Councils handed £300m business rates relief for ‘individual hard cases’

08.03.17: Local authorities will be handed funding to support £300m of discretionary business rates relief, chancellor Philip Hammond has revealed in today’s Spring Budget as part of a string of property tax announcements. Councils will b...

IFS: Councils increasingly reliant on London’s business rates revenue

06.03.17: Councils across the country are increasingly reliant on business rates payments from London businesses, a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, funded by the Local Government Finance and Devolution consortium, has found. The report an...

Birmingham council reduces planned 2017-18 cuts, but finance challenges ‘remain difficult’

01.03.17: Birmingham City Council officially announced its budget for 2017-18 last night at its full council meeting, saying that £550m will be committed to public services for adults and children in the region. The news comes days after Birmin...

Leading transformational change through procurement

01.03.17: Liz Welton, chair of the Society of Procurement Officers in Local Government (SOPO), tells PSE’s David Stevenson why there are lots of opportunities for public sector procurement professionals to become transformational change agents in th...

‘OBR for public spending’ needed to improve finance planning in struggling sectors

28.02.17: A report published today by the Institute for Government (IfG) and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) looking into the pressures being placed on public services has concluded that adult social care is being pushed...

Birmingham finance plans ‘at risk’ if overspending culture continues

27.02.17: An independent review of Birmingham City Council’s financial progress has revealed that though plans for the coming year are “robust”, continuation of any overspending into 2017-18 or 2018-19 could put the council’s finan...

Councils divided as HS2 Bill is given Royal Assent

23.02.17: HS2 will be the “catalyst” in driving economic growth in the West Midlands as the eagerly anticipated high-speed rail link was given Royal Assent in Parliament today. However, Camden Council, which represents one of the most affected...

Outrage from employers’ groups at ‘illegal’ changes to business rate appeals

20.02.17: Business leaders have hit out at the DCLG’s planned changes to business rates that are set to be voted at the next revaluation on 1 April, arguing that a clause in the proposed changes is “potentially illegal”. In a letter...

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NAO:  Decisive action needed to keep at-risk road investment projects afloat

23/03/2017NAO: Decisive action needed to keep at-risk road investment projects afloat

Key projects in the government’s road investment strategy are at risk of cancellation if “decisive action” is not taken by the ... more >
London councils join Design Council scheme to address major social issues

22/03/2017London councils join Design Council scheme to address major social issues

Councils in London will work with design experts as part of a new programme aiming to help authorities address problems with homelessness, homeca... more >
Localis: Industrial reform must be driven and led at local level

22/03/2017Localis: Industrial reform must be driven and led at local level

The government’s industrial strategy should be driven and led at a local level by handing space and powers to leaders to allow them to dict... more >

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21/02/2017Untapped potential

As PSE went to press, the government had just released its Industrial Strategy green paper, which has an ambitious aim to “improve living standards and economic growth by increasing productivity and driving growth across the whole country”.  Overall, the strategy was welcomed across the public sector. However, as you&rsqu... read more >

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Parliament cannot solve homelessness through legislation alone

Parliament cannot solve homelessness through legislation alone

Cllr Michelle Lowe, deputy leader and cabinet member for housing and health at Sevenoaks District Council, argues that if the government is really serious about combating homelessness they will w... more > more last word articles >
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Why opening up procurement matters to the UK public sector

22/03/2017Why opening up procurement matters to the UK public sector

Rob Levene, managing director of Bloom, explains why opening up procurement is important to the UK public sector.  Procuring products and services by the UK public sector is big business. The central government procurement budget is estimated to be worth £40bn. So it is no surprise that procurement is a subject that generates a... more >
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Time to embrace change

01/03/2017Time to embrace change

The way we work is changing. As a profession, we must be ready to embrace it, writes James Driver on behalf of the Association for Project Manage... more >
Digital Marketplace: reaching far and wide in the public sector

01/03/2017Digital Marketplace: reaching far and wide in the public sector

Over the next few months, the Government Digital Service (GDS) wants to get a better understanding of how local government and the wider public s... more >
The challenges for innovative procurement

27/02/2017The challenges for innovative procurement

Malcolm Harbour CBE, who wrote Parliament’s first report on innovation in public procurement in 2008 and now chairs the LGA Task and Finish... more >
Glasgow points the way forward for IoT future

27/02/2017Glasgow points the way forward for IoT future

Dr Mark Begbie, business development director at CENSIS, the Scottish Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems, explores how Glasgow is l... more >

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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 >
Solace president mandate: Champion diversity and celebrate great public services

20/12/2016Solace president mandate: Champion diversity and celebrate great public services

Jo Miller, the recently-elected president of Solace, talks to PSE about the need for championing great public services and ensuring inclusion at ... more >
The secret to the success of one public estate

19/08/2016The secret to the success of one public estate

Central government has faced strong criticism of its many estate schemes in recent years, but one in particular seems to steer clear of the backl... more >

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