Economy and Infrastructure

A new era of opportunity for the north

13.08.18: It’s time to stop seeing transport investment as a nice-to-have: it’s a cut-through catalyst for growth in sectors across the north. Barry White, chief executive of Transport for the North (TfN), discusses how connectivity is the bed...

Bare-bones ‘Core Offer’ could become the norm as more councils face financial doom

09.08.18: Plans to drastically cut back services and replace regular provision with a scaled-down ‘core offer’ of statutory services could become the new normal, leaders have warned. The stark warning from the County Councils Network (CCN...

Final accounts deadline missed by Bristol City Council

03.08.18: Auditor queries over Bristol City Council’s accounts are yet to be answered as the authority has missed several outstanding issues to be provided for their external progress report. Auditor BDO said they are “continuing to work&...

Northamptonshire: ‘Radical’ service cuts planned as deficit threatens to hit £180m

03.08.18: The financially-ruined Northamptonshire County Council has released an action plan proposing “radical” service cuts across the entire service landscape as its members revealed that a potential £180m deficit by March 2021 is not...

Councils should have power over fracking plans, Tory councillors say

03.08.18: A recent survey has found that a vast majority (80%) of Conservative councillors agree that fracking firms, where they have a license to drill and explore for gas, should be made to apply for planning permission before drilling. The Campaig...

Bristol to replace ‘hired muscle’ debt collection with more ethical approach

02.08.18: A city council is planning on phasing out its use of “private-hired muscle” bailiffs as part of a more ethically-aware debt collection trial over the next few months. Deputy mayor Craig Cheney revealed Bristol City Council &ndas...

Councils begin planning for post-Brexit disruption and social unrest

01.08.18: Councils around the UK have begun planning for potential social unrest and disruption in case of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, according to a Sky News investigation. Almost 30 local authorities responded to Sky News’ FoI requests, e...

Northamptonshire sets up dedicated crisis team as council floats bare-bones ‘Core Offer’

01.08.18: The troubled and technically insolvent Northamptonshire County Council has revealed that it will set up a dedicated team to deal with its financial crisis as the authority’s members prepare to hold an extraordinary budget meeting today. ...

Government announces plans of LEP revamp

25.07.18: An extra £20m is up for grabs for LEPs in a new government announcement aimed to “supercharge” economic growth in local communities. Released by the government yesterday, the proposals will offer the additional funding bet...

Industrial strategies: taking back control

23.07.18: The ‘place-based’ focus of the Industrial Strategy will be a significant step towards growing local economies alongside LEPs, writes Cllr Philip Atkins, County Councils Network (CCN) vice-chairman and leader of Staffordshire County C...

Public Sector Contract: Keeping it simple

23.07.18: Jason Waterman, deputy director of disputes & policy implementation at the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), describes the benefits of the streamlined Public Sector Contract, which provides a much easier route into the market. “The...

‘Naming and shaming index’ for bankrupt councils fails to offer genuine solution

20.07.18: An index designed to measure councils’ financial resilience in order to avoid another Northamptonshire-style fiasco would actually risk oversimplifying complex issues without offering genuine solutions to authorities who are deemed to be f...

London council deficit more than doubles to hit reds ‘of an order never seen previously’

18.07.18: A local authority has more than doubled its financial deficit largely due to an overspend in children’s services “of an order never seen previously” in the area, board papers show. In a cabinet meeting, Lewisham Council re...

Council leaders call for consultation on post-Brexit regional funding

13.07.18: Local government leaders have welcomed the government’s Brexit white paper, with the LGA arguing that it gives “a clearer understanding of what the government’s vision of post-Brexit Britain will look like.” Moreover...

New £420m construction sector deal to spur ‘bytes and mortar revolution’

05.07.18: A new joint government-industry sector deal worth £420m was launched today with the aim of transforming construction through innovative technologies and increasing productivity to help Whitehall deliver its pledge to build 1.5 million home...

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Developer in £13m legal wrangle with Northumberland now plans to take council to High Court

17/08/2018Developer in £13m legal wrangle with Northumberland now plans to take council to High Court

A property developer who launched a £13m legal bid against Northumberland County Council says it has been banned from sharing vital informa... more >
High Court allows London council to fine and imprison illegal campers

17/08/2018High Court allows London council to fine and imprison illegal campers

A council has successfully obtained a High Court injunction allowing it to use greater powers – from fines and asset seizure to imprisonmen... more >
Northamptonshire report to propose splitting region into two unitaries

17/08/2018Northamptonshire report to propose splitting region into two unitaries

A report on the future of the debt-ridden Northamptonshire region due to be published this afternoon will likely recommend replacing all eight lo... 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 >
Developer in £13m legal wrangle with Northumberland now plans to take council to High Court

17/08/2018Developer in £13m legal wrangle with Northumberland now plans to take council to High Court

A property developer who launched a £13m legal bid against Northumberland County Council says it has been banned from sharing vital information with council members. Newcastle-based Lu... more >
High Court allows London council to fine and imprison illegal campers

17/08/2018High Court allows London council to fine and imprison illegal campers

A council has successfully obtained a High Court injunction allowing it to use greater powers – from fines and asset seizure to imprisonment and – against illegal travellers in the re... more >

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Don’t horse around! Council finds new home for house-bound pony

13/08/2018Don’t horse around! Council finds new home for house-bound pony

A council that took four years in a legal wrangle to remove a pony from an Isle of Lewis house may have found the four-legged beast a new home. Western Isles council removed Grey Lady Too – a Connemara pony that was taken into the home by pensioner Stephanie Noble on Christmas Eve in 2011 – from its residence in 2014 because i... more >
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A new era of opportunity for the north

13/08/2018A new era of opportunity for the north

It’s time to stop seeing transport investment as a nice-to-have: it’s a cut-through catalyst for growth in sectors across the north. ... more >
Creating a council cloud-first approach

13/08/2018Creating a council cloud-first approach

Georgina Maratheftis, programme manager for local government at techUK, makes the case for wider adoption of cloud technology by local authoritie... more >
Council mergers: little gain, less democratic

13/08/2018Council mergers: little gain, less democratic

Dr Linze Schaap, associate professor at the Tilburg Centre for Regional Law and Governance, and Dr Niels Karsten, assistant professor at the Tilb... more >
The strength of districts

13/08/2018The strength of districts

Cllr Isobel Darby, member lead for quality of life at the District Councils’ Network (DCN) and leader of Chiltern District Council, shares ... more >

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Modern policing: the future is bright

06/08/2018Modern policing: the future is bright

SPONSORED INTERVIEW The public sector, and policing in particular, has often been criticised as being slow to adapt to change. But now, says L... more >
Michael King: Time for Ombudsman reform

06/08/2018Michael King: Time for Ombudsman reform

Michael King first joined the Local Government Ombudsman service back in 2004 as deputy ombudsman. At the start of 2017, he was appointed as the ... more >
Helping a city understand itself

06/08/2018Helping a city understand itself

SPONSORED INTERVIEW The urban landscape is changing. How can local authorities keep up with citizen behaviour? Stephen Leece, managing directo... more >
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 >

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