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Hackney Council now using 100% renewable electricity

06.04.20: Hackney Council has announced that 100% of its electricity is now supplied by renewable sources. The change, which came into effect last week, is part of the council’s action plan to reduce carbon emissions and tackle climate change. ...

Food redistribution to benefit from £3m cash support

03.04.20: The Government has announced a £3.25m fund to support organisations redistributing food across England during the coronavirus outbreak. The funding will be used to help redistribute up to 14,000 tonnes of surplus stock and minimise fo...

Close to £400m to keep buses operational during crisis

03.04.20: Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps has announced almost £400m in funding to keep buses in England operational during the coronavirus crisis. Key workers across the country who rely on public transport to get to work will benefit from a...

Bradford Council pays out £20m under Small Business Grant Scheme

02.04.20: More than £20m has been delivered to businesses in the Bradford area through the Government’s Small Business Grant Fund. Yesterday (Apr 1) saw one-off grants of £10,000 delivered to over 2,000 businesses to help them to su...

Mayor Andy Burnham and Sir Richard Leese Covid-19 update

01.04.20: Mayor Andy Burnham hosted a live, virtual press conference today to provide updates on Greater Manchester’s response to the coronavirus. During the video he announced that Metrolink services would be reduced as passenger num...

Teesside University unveils Covid-19 business support package

01.04.20: Teesside University has joined forces with the Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority to deliver a package of practical support for local businesses during the coronavirus emergency. A coordinated approach to tackling the economic impact...

Sport England announces £195m in coronavirus support funding

31.03.20: Sport England has announced today (Mar 31) that it will be making up £195m of funding to support the sport and physical activity sector during this crisis. It will consist of a £115m rollover of current funding into 2021/22 to g...

Business support: lessons learned from our start-up and productivity project

31.03.20: Source: PSE Feb/Mar Dr Melanie Smans is Economic Development Manager at South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils   The South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils Business and Innovatio...

Economic Resilience Fund worth £500m announced by Welsh Gov

30.03.20: First Minister of the Welsh Government Mark Drakeford has announced a new £500m fund today (Mar 30) to further support the Welsh economy. In addition to the wider economy, businesses and charities facing an unstable period or decline...

Manchester City Council set to deliver low-carbon affordable homes

26.03.20: Manchester City Council has announced today (Mar 26) that a partly-vacant brownfield site in the region is set for 100 low-carbon one and two bedroom apartments and 39 semi-detached family homes. The report, outlines that the 1.2ha of counc...

CIPFA responds to the £2.9bn funding for most vulnerable in society

26.03.20: Last week, the Government announced that £2.9bn of the £5bn COVID-19 fund announced the in the Chancellor’s budget will be spend on caring for the most vulnerable in society. The money will be spent on helping patients no...

£500m Hardship Fund to provide council tax relief

24.03.20: The Local Government Secretary, Robert Jenrick MP has announced today (Mar 24) the confirmation of a £500m Hardship Fund that will provide council tax relief to those most affected by coronavirus. Vulnerable households who would other...

Council procurement innovates around Covid-19 restrictions

24.03.20: As the country, and indeed the world cease operations to tackle this pandemic, public services must continue, and arguably now more than ever - so must public procurement. Last week, the government made it easier than ever to facilitate the...

LGA: Coronavirus Bill positive but further powers wanted

23.03.20: The Local Government Association (LGA) has published a briefing on the government’s Coronavirus Bill, debated by MPs today. The LGA, which represents councils across England and Wales, outlines the measures in the bill deemed positive...

Gov launches coronavirus business support worth £330bn

23.03.20: From today (Mon 23) businesses struggling to stay afloat amid the coronavirus pandemic will be able to access government support. Announced by the Treasury and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the funding pot...

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New procurement guidance to ease cash flow pressures on suppliers

06/04/2020New procurement guidance to ease cash flow pressures on suppliers

In response to the Covid-19 crisis, the Cabinet Office has actioned an immediate change to the use of procurement cards, to improve organisations... more >
Hackney Council now using 100% renewable electricity

06/04/2020Hackney Council now using 100% renewable electricity

Hackney Council has announced that 100% of its electricity is now supplied by renewable sources. The change, which came into effect last wee... more >
£20m tech fund to boost UK resilience following coronavirus

03/04/2020£20m tech fund to boost UK resilience following coronavirus

A funding package worth £20m has been announced by Government today (Apr 3) to help businesses boost the UK’s resilience to the long-... 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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Prevention: Investing for the future

Prevention: Investing for the future

Rob Whiteman, CEO at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance (CIPFA), discusses the benefits of long-term preventative investment. Rising demand, reducing resource – this has been th... more > more last word articles >
New procurement guidance to ease cash flow pressures on suppliers

06/04/2020New procurement guidance to ease cash flow pressures on suppliers

In response to the Covid-19 crisis, the Cabinet Office has actioned an immediate change to the use of procurement cards, to improve organisations’ efficiency and ensure payments are made al... more >
Hackney Council now using 100% renewable electricity

06/04/2020Hackney Council now using 100% renewable electricity

Hackney Council has announced that 100% of its electricity is now supplied by renewable sources. The change, which came into effect last week, is part of the council’s action plan to r... more >

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What came first, the bad customer or the bad customer service?

17/03/2020What came first, the bad customer or the bad customer service?

Source: PSE Feb/March 20 Stephen Bahooshy, Senior Commissioning Manager and Nicky Selwyn, Carer and Service User Group Chair, Croydon Council.   Here it is, that age old question: What came first, the bad customer or the bad customer service? (Or maybe we just made that up, whatever). But it’s true though, right? We w... more >
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Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Being on the receiving end of some “thanks” can make communit... more >
How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

19/06/2019How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

Tom Chance, director at the National Community Land Trust Network, argues that community-led initiatives are a productive way of helping to solve... more >
Aberdeen's green transport fleet attracting international attention

19/06/2019Aberdeen's green transport fleet attracting international attention

Aberdeen City Council’s hydrogen spokesperson, councillor Philip Bell, highlights the Granite City’s determination to play a leading ... more >
A fifth of public sector workers have never received a thank you from the people they serve

13/06/2019A fifth of public sector workers have never received a thank you from the people they serve

A fifth of the country’s public sector workers say they have NEVER received a ‘thank you’ for doing their job as Public Service... more >

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Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

17/12/2018Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

It’s no secret that the public sector and its service providers need to invest in technology to help make better use of their resources. Bu... more >
Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

17/12/2018Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

One of the public sector’s key technology partners has recently welcomed a new member to its team. Matt Spencer, O2’s head of public ... more >
New Dorset Councils CEO on the creation of a new unitary: ‘This is going to be the right decision for Dorset’

05/11/2018New Dorset Councils CEO on the creation of a new unitary: ‘This is going to be the right decision for Dorset’

The new chief executive of one of the new unitary authorities in Dorset has outlined his approach to culture and work with employees, arguing tha... more >
Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

15/10/2018Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

On 6 September, the biggest decision-makers of the north joined forces to celebrate and debate how to drive innovation and improvement through th... more >

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