Economy and Infrastructure

Core council spending ‘taken a hit’ from ‘smoke and mirrors’ Scottish Budget, but Brexit may force changes

13.12.18: Finance secretary Derek Mackay has unveiled a series of cash injections for Scotland’s public services, with preparations for Brexit at the heart of the government’s spending plans. Mackay yesterday revealed the Budget proposals...

A third of total government spending on external contractors is ‘risky,’ IfG research finds

12.12.18: The government is spending £284bn, almost a third of its total spending, with external contractors, a new report by Institute for Government (IfG) has revealed. The new report states that four government departments – the Minist...

Liverpool mayor quits Northern Powerhouse Partnership claiming government ‘isn’t prepared to listen’

11.12.18: The mayor of Liverpool has quit the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP), arguing he no longer sees the point of the body, and claimed it was “set up by a government which isn’t prepared to listen.” Joe Anderson took to T...

‘Bodies may be uncollected’: No-deal Brexit chaos could see council staff work from home for months

10.12.18: Bodies will remain uncollected and council staff may be forced to work from home for six months due to gridlocked roads in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Kent County Council has warned. In a damning report, Kent CC said that refuse would fi...

Major public services contractor seeking second rescue deal to avoid Carillion-style collapse

10.12.18: Interserve, one of the government’s largest outsourcing companies and provider of public services, has announced it is seeking a rescue deal as it struggles with £500m of debt and is trying to avoid a Carillion-style collapse. T...

Local government finance settlement delay reactions: Brexit debate ‘has become a distraction’

06.12.18: Leaders in local government have been reacting harshly to the delay of the local government finance settlement announced yesterday afternoon. Contrary to what the government had promised, communities secretary James Brokenshire revealed tha...

Brexit ‘chaos’ has held back the north as government has ‘deprioritised’ the Northern Powerhouse

05.12.18: The Northern Powerhouse has been “deprioritised” by government, with Brexit “chaos” preventing the north of England from realising its full potential, a think tank has warned. The Institute of Public Policy Research...

Mayor of Tees Valley ploughs ahead with controversial airport buyout despite local council fightback

04.12.18: Mayor of the Tees Valley Combined Authority Ben Houchen has today announced a £40m deal to bring Durham Tees Valley Airport back into public ownership and a £45m investment to “dramatically overhaul” the two biggest...

Yorkshire LEPs approve merger plans to secure ‘bigger share of the prize’

23.11.18: Two local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) in Yorkshire have both approved merger proposals to create a combined Yorkshire LEP responsible for billions of business and infrastructure investment. The new organisation will be responsible for in...

Welsh councils welcome £13m budget boost for next year, but warn pressures are far from over

21.11.18: Councils have welcomed the additional local authority resources announced this week by the Welsh Government, which will raise the funding floor and provide another £13m for core services – but warned that “this remains a partic...

Major public-sector suppliers to draft ‘living wills’ as part of post-Carillion outsourcing approach

21.11.18: All major public services providers will have to draw up ‘living wills’ determining what would happen if they go bust as part of the government’s post-Carillion approach to outsourcing. Central government will begin piloti...

A force to be reckoned with

12.11.18: The South Bank plan, which refers to a number of investments and proposed activities across a massive plot of land south of the River Aire, is one of Europe’s largest city-centre regeneration initiatives. Cllr Judith Blake, leader of Leeds...

Oxfordshire council spends £1.7m on audit for work carried out by Carillion

09.11.18: Oxfordshire County Council has spent £1.7m on an audit report on the work carried out by Carillion, finding “a range of issues” and “major elements unsuitably executed.” The report shows that the county council...

East Sussex County Council announces core offer of services including staff redundancies risk

05.11.18: The financially-struggling East Sussex County Council has announced its ‘core offer’ of services today, including the possibility of staff redundancies as the authority looks to balance the books. The council document, signed by...

A two-speed England

05.11.18: Central government needs to change its approach to local transport planning and investment, including by consolidating funding and maximising devolution opportunities, argues Tom Thackray, the Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI&rsquo...

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Council to spend £4m investigating senior officers who gave themselves 20% wage rise during pay freeze

14/12/2018Council to spend £4m investigating senior officers who gave themselves 20% wage rise during pay freeze

A council has agreed to allocate nearly an extra £250,000 to an investigation looking into alleged pay rises given to senior officers. ... more >
Government commissioner allows Wakefield Council to retain full control of services

14/12/2018Government commissioner allows Wakefield Council to retain full control of services

Almost four months after Ofsted inspectors identified “serious and widespread failures” across Wakefield’s children’s ser... more >
Fife Council scraps controversial P1 assessments despite harsh government opposition

14/12/2018Fife Council scraps controversial P1 assessments despite harsh government opposition

Fife Council has announced that it will be scrapping the controversial standardised P1 assessments at the end of the current academic year. ... 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 >
Council to spend £4m investigating senior officers who gave themselves 20% wage rise during pay freeze

14/12/2018Council to spend £4m investigating senior officers who gave themselves 20% wage rise during pay freeze

A council has agreed to allocate nearly an extra £250,000 to an investigation looking into alleged pay rises given to senior officers. Labour, Plaid Cymru, and Independent members at C... more >
Government commissioner allows Wakefield Council to retain full control of services

14/12/2018Government commissioner allows Wakefield Council to retain full control of services

Almost four months after Ofsted inspectors identified “serious and widespread failures” across Wakefield’s children’s services, it has today been announced that the counci... more >

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Blog: 5 minutes with Gary Wallis-Clarke, member of the Northern Powerhouse Education and Skills Group

12/12/2018Blog: 5 minutes with Gary Wallis-Clarke, member of the Northern Powerhouse Education and Skills Group

Ahead of the upcoming networking extravaganza EvoNorth, we caught up with Gary Wallis-Clarke, a member of the Northern Powerhouse Education and Skills group, executive headteacher at West Jesmond Primary school, and its national leader of education. In our interview, Gary reveals what the Northern Powerhouse means to him and explains... more >
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The digital buying community is live

12/11/2018The digital buying community is live

Many of the requirements from buyers posted on the Digital Marketplace were either non-compliant or poorly worded, which resulted in challenges f... more >
A force to be reckoned with

12/11/2018A force to be reckoned with

The South Bank plan, which refers to a number of investments and proposed activities across a massive plot of land south of the River Aire, is on... more >
Less for less: the risk of 'core offers'

12/11/2018Less for less: the risk of 'core offers'

As councils across England struggle with their finances in the face of massive cuts from central government, Simon Edwards, director of the Count... more >
A two-speed England

05/11/2018A two-speed England

Central government needs to change its approach to local transport planning and investment, including by consolidating funding and maximising dev... more >

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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 >
Cllr Cutts on dealing with children’s services pressures: ‘I can’t magic money out of the air’

26/09/2018Cllr Cutts on dealing with children’s services pressures: ‘I can’t magic money out of the air’

The leader of Nottinghamshire County Council has outlined her priorities for dealing with soaring demand of children’s services and social ... more >
Nottinghamshire considers unitary shake-up proposals in a bid to balance books

05/09/2018Nottinghamshire considers unitary shake-up proposals in a bid to balance books

Nottinghamshire County Council is considering proposals to scrap its current two-tier structure for a new unitary system in order to save on... more >

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