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Edinburgh region given £1.1bn boost to drive investment and inclusion

21.07.17: A deal worth £1.1bn to drive investment and address inclusion in the Edinburgh and South-East Scotland area was yesterday signed by the UK and Scottish governments. The deal was signed by first secretary of state and minister for the...

London borough has big aims to be ‘best in Europe for business’

12.07.17: A London Borough has today stated its desire to become “one of the best places to do business” in Europe as it launched its ambitious Industrial Strategy. Hammersmith & Fulham Council today released the plans, ‘Economi...

Roll-out of 100% business rates retention to LG by 2019-20 ‘unrealistic’

10.07.17: Meeting the target of rolling out 100% business rates retention nationally by 2019-20, which was set out by the last government, is now “unrealistic,” London Councils has stated. In a report that will be discussed at a full comm...

Calls for Javid to sort out ‘shambolic delay’ of business rates relief fund

07.07.17: Small businesses have demanded that the communities secretary, Sajid Javid, should push councils to get on with distributing the £300m business rates relief fund that has seen a “shambolic delay”. The cash was made availab...

Counties hail ‘welcome change in direction’ by DfT in new transport strategy

06.07.17: New plans unveiled by the Department of Transport (DfT) this week have explained how local areas will benefit from increased investment in local roads and transport infrastructure. The Transport investment strategy announced by the transpor...

DfT reveals £6.1bn programme to improve major roads

30.06.17: A major £6.1bn programme of road improvements has been announced today by the government as part of a wider £23bn upgrade to the country’s road network.  The programme will offer motorists shorter journey times, as we...

Harnessing data sharing in transport

30.06.17: Simon White of Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) argues that the UK can be at the forefront of innovative mobility solutions if the government encourages better data sharing in the transport sector. By the end of 2020 there will be over 50 b...

Managing grey fleet: the key to unlock electric vehicle use?

23.06.17: Ian Featherstone, fleet advice manager at the Energy Saving Trust (EST), explains why managing the grey fleet can help determine if electric vehicles (EVs) can be used cost-effectively as pool cars. EST has worked with fleets for many years...

Queen’s Speech ‘dragged councils into Whitehall uncertainty’ as key laws dropped

22.06.17: Key figures across local government and the health sector have sharply criticised yesterday’s Queen’s Speech for its blatant lack of information around fundamental issues, such as devolution, business rates retention and social care...

A chance to rewire our approach to local growth

19.06.17: Cllr John Clancy (pictured centre), leader of Birmingham City Council, explains why the Industrial Strategy is a priority for the UK’s Core Cities. Our 10 Core Cities make up a quarter of the UK economy. They are often the places wher...

Time for the NHS to get on board Total Transport

15.06.17: At a time of stretched funds, it’s time the NHS stops dragging its feet on council-backed Total Transport pilots, argues Jonathan Bray, director of Urban Transport Group. Stand on any street corner and it won’t be too long befor...

National policies won’t fix local problems

12.06.17: Andrew Carter, the recently-appointed chief executive of Centre for Cities, argues that the new government will only succeed if it focuses on implementing policies that are adaptable to place-based needs. Throughout the short-lived election...

Consequences of policy promises not clear to voters, IFS experts find

30.05.17: Both the Conservatives and Labour are failing to clearly explain to voters what consequences their public spending policies will have on the country, an analysis has today warned. It comes from financial experts at the Institute for Fiscal...

Tory plans to achieve budget surplus by 2025 slammed as ‘disappointing’

22.05.17: Conservative targets to achieve a budget surplus for public sector borrowing by 2025 have been described as “disappointing” by a key economic think tank. In analysis by the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS), it was found that the...

Lib Dems join Labour in pledge to scrap 1% public sector pay cap

16.05.17: Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has pledged to put an end to the government’s 1% public sector pay cap and uprate wages in line with inflation, a commitment that is in line with Labour’s pledges according to its leaked manifesto. ...

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Watchdog slams local product recall systems as ‘not fit for purpose’

21/07/2017Watchdog slams local product recall systems as ‘not fit for purpose’

The UK has a “fragmented” product safety and recall system that is putting people’s lives in danger, a major consumer watchdog ... more >
Edinburgh region given £1.1bn boost to drive investment and inclusion

21/07/2017Edinburgh region given £1.1bn boost to drive investment and inclusion

A deal worth £1.1bn to drive investment and address inclusion in the Edinburgh and South-East Scotland area was yesterday signed by the UK ... more >
Council wins ‘landmark’ Supreme Court battle to recoup £1.3m licensing costs

21/07/2017Council wins ‘landmark’ Supreme Court battle to recoup £1.3m licensing costs

A London council has this week celebrated a landmark judgement which could see it recover up to £1.3m in regulatory and enforcement costs. ... more >

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15/06/2017Challenges remain

As PSE went to press, we were days away from finding out which political party or parties would be leading the country following Theresa May’s decision to call a snap general election for 8 June.  Whoever enters the door at No.10, irrelevant of their political colour, is faced with serious challenges, from social care to the NH... read more >

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National policies won’t fix local problems

National policies won’t fix local problems

Andrew Carter, the recently-appointed chief executive of Centre for Cities, argues that the new government will only succeed if it focuses on implementing policies that are adaptable to place-bas... more > more last word articles >
Watchdog slams local product recall systems as ‘not fit for purpose’

21/07/2017Watchdog slams local product recall systems as ‘not fit for purpose’

The UK has a “fragmented” product safety and recall system that is putting people’s lives in danger, a major consumer watchdog has this week warned. Findings from Which? st... more >
Edinburgh region given £1.1bn boost to drive investment and inclusion

21/07/2017Edinburgh region given £1.1bn boost to drive investment and inclusion

A deal worth £1.1bn to drive investment and address inclusion in the Edinburgh and South-East Scotland area was yesterday signed by the UK and Scottish governments. The deal was signed... more >

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Councillors celebrated in Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2017

19/06/2017Councillors celebrated in Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2017

A number of local government leaders and figures have been named in the Queen’s 2017 Birthday Honours list. The list recognises the achievements of people across a number of different sectors by handing out awards for services to their respective fields. All in all, 1,109 people received an award this year, as 554 (50%) of peop... more >
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Changing our commissioning approach

03/07/2017Changing our commissioning approach

Michelle Atkinson, commissioning manager at Leeds City Council, explains how the local authority has changed its approach to commissioning homeca... more >
Reinventing local government

03/07/2017Reinventing local government

The time has come for councils to adopt a ‘changemaking’ culture in order to drive a radical reinvention in local government, argues ... more >
Public sector outsourcing: a marriage that must work

03/07/2017Public sector outsourcing: a marriage that must work

Kerry Hallard, the president of the Global Sourcing Association, argues that despite some highly-publicised cases of breakdowns in public sector ... more >
Harnessing data sharing in transport

30/06/2017Harnessing data sharing in transport

Simon White of Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) argues that the UK can be at the forefront of innovative mobility solutions if the government enc... more >

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‘The HSCN is the realisation of industry best practice’

30/06/2017‘The HSCN is the realisation of industry best practice’

Keith Smith, public sector business development manager at Virgin Media Business, tells PSE’s Luana Salles that health and social care orga... more >
HSCN: The enabler for a more joined-up public sector

26/06/2017HSCN: The enabler for a more joined-up public sector

Mark Hall, Chief Assurance Officer at Redcentric, discusses NHS Digital’s project, the new Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) and what b... 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 >
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 >

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