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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...

DCLG announces establishment of 12 more ‘Enterprise Zones’

05.04.17: Twelve new ‘Enterprise zones’ have gone live today, the DCLG has announced – in an effort to drive the local economy in more regions across the country. Enterprise zones were announced in the Autumn Statement in 2015 by th...

LGA: Councils must be central to legislative decisions during Brexit

31.03.17: Local authorities should be kept at the frontline of decision-making when it comes to changing EU legislation after Brexit, council leaders have today told the government. Responding to the White Paper on the Great Repeal Bill that the gove...

International Standard for Collaborative Working in Business launched

31.03.17: A new International Standard for Collaborative Business relationships was launched this week at the Shard, as the Institute for Collaborative Working (ICW) alongside the Warwick Business School and British Standards Institute (BSI) made the anno...

LGA: Councils should use business rates retention to prop up struggling services

29.03.17: Councils should be able to use extra cash raised from the change to 100% business rates retention to prop up underfunded local services, the LGA has today told central government. The announcement was in response to a National Audit Office&...

Sixth of local roads will need replacing within five years, warns ALARM survey

28.03.17: A total of one in six local roads in the UK may need to be replaced in the next five years, Asphalt Industry Alliance’s (AIA’s) annual ALARM survey has revealed, deepening existing council concerns for the state of the country’...

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...

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Switch to Universal Credit doubles number of referrals to foodbanks

25/04/2017Switch to Universal Credit doubles number of referrals to foodbanks

Areas where Universal Credit has been rolled out to single people, couples and families have seen a 16.85% increase in the number of people being... 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 >
Public sector can lead the UK to an ultra-low emission future

25/04/2017Public sector can lead the UK to an ultra-low emission future

Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, explains why the public sector has the potential to shape and accelerate the UK automotive market to be entire... 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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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 >
Switch to Universal Credit doubles number of referrals to foodbanks

25/04/2017Switch to Universal Credit doubles number of referrals to foodbanks

Areas where Universal Credit has been rolled out to single people, couples and families have seen a 16.85% increase in the number of people being referred to foodbanks – more than double th... 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 arguments for devolution remain as compelling as they ... more >

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Engaging voters ahead of May’s elections

24/04/2017Engaging voters ahead of May’s elections

Emma Hartley, head of campaigns at the Electoral Commission, discusses the importance of a collaborative approach to engage voters ahead of this year’s elections.  It’s vital that voters can easily participate in every type of election so that democracy can work. One of the challenges for the Electoral Commission when new... more >
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Public sector can lead the UK to an ultra-low emission future

25/04/2017Public sector can lead the UK to an ultra-low emission future

Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, explains why the public sector has the potential to shape and accelerate the UK automotive market to be entire... more >
Employee financial wellbeing in the public sector

25/04/2017Employee financial wellbeing in the public sector

Charles Cotton, performance and reward adviser to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), analyses the financial wellbeing o... more >
Wigan Council: embracing digital transformation

25/04/2017Wigan Council: embracing digital transformation

Alison McKenzie-Folan, deputy chief executive, director customer transformation at Wigan Council, explains why local authorities, as digital lead... more >
Oxfordshire devolution will boost UK economy

21/04/2017Oxfordshire devolution will boost UK economy

Peter Sloman, chief executive of Oxford City Council, argues that pursuing devolution rather than restructuring local government in the county is... 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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