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Councils must start preparing for the Autumn Budget now

19.04.18: This year will provide the opportunity to develop conversations about local government finance in order to ensure councils stop running on empty, explains Jennifer Glover, policy researcher at the LGiU. In the wake of a very underwhelming S...

Get what you pay for, and only pay for what you get

19.04.18: Matthew Sparkes, deputy director for financial services at the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), on the public sector benefits of the brand-new Spend Analysis and Recovery Services framework. Every year, government bodies including central de...

Half of public sector procurement leads still not preparing for Brexit

05.04.18: Public sector procurement professionals have voiced a swathe of concerns regarding Brexit, with almost half arguing that they are unable to prepare for it – despite its major implications for the sector – because future trade arrange...

Local government funding: getting it right

04.04.18: Simon Edwards, director of County Councils Network (CCN), calls on Whitehall to harness the opportunity to reform the local government funding system for the better. As the sector continues on a journey towards a new methodology to fund loc...

Public service accountability: bringing order to chaos?

04.04.18: Colin Copus, professor of local politics at the Faculty of Business and Law, Local Governance Research Unit at De Montfort University, and Paul O’Brien, chief executive of the Association for Public Service Excellence, consider the options...

Is your organisation considering a spend recovery audit?

03.04.18: ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Hannah Bennett, marketing executive at Audit Partnership, the latest named supplier on the Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS’s) Spend Analysis and Recovery Services II framework, provides an insight into spend...

Local economies ‘broken’ as economic prosperity races ahead of wages

26.03.18: Experts have warned that economies in local areas are currently “broken” due to a disconnect between prosperity and wage increases. The findings unearthed by Localis found that this relationship between productivity and wages va...

Leader resigns after Whitehall report calls for failing council to be split up

16.03.18: The leader of Northamptonshire County Council has announced her resignation after a government report recommended the impoverished authority should be split into two smaller unitary councils. Heather Smith said it “wasn’t an eas...

Triennial business rate revaluation brought forward to 2021

14.03.18: The next business rates revaluation has been brought forward to 2021, Philip Hammond has announced. In his Spring Statement yesterday, the chancellor said that the revaluation would be brought forward by a year, from 2022. The triennial reva...

Council tax to increase in every Scottish and Welsh authority

12.03.18: Every council in Scotland and Wales has committed to raising taxes, with every single Scottish authority increasing their share by the maximum 3%. The issue was settled last week when the last Welsh council, Pembrokeshire, announced a massi...

County council to plug ‘critical’ £16m funding gap with 12.5% tax rise

08.03.18: Pembrokeshire County Council has approved a whopping 12.5% increase in council tax today as the authority aims to tackle a £16m funding gap. The decision was made at a full council meeting, where councillors also agreed a full budget...

NAO: Councils financial situation ‘not sustainable’

08.03.18: The National Audit Office (NAO) has today warned central government that the state of local authority finances is “not sustainable” as lack of funding cuts away at services. In a new report on the financial future of councils, t...

Manchester’s ‘social value’ procurement boosts local economy

07.03.18: Manchester City Council spends 71% of its procurement spending with local companies, according to new research. The analysis by the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) revealed that in 2016-17 the council spent around £320m on goo...

Building a more diverse society

05.03.18: Karl Wilding, policy director at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), argues that diverse membership in charities and local government is central to a healthy society. As national champions of volunteering, NCVO knows th...

LGA: Reforms to ‘complex’ apprenticeship system needed to meet its full potential

02.03.18: The apprenticeship policy is not reaching its full potential, the LGA has warned today. Since the launch of the government’s Apprenticeship Levy seven months ago, there have been 131,500 fewer apprenticeships started, according to the lat...

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Councils must start preparing for the Autumn Budget now

19/04/2018Councils must start preparing for the Autumn Budget now

This year will provide the opportunity to develop conversations about local government finance in order to ensure councils stop running on empty,... more >
Get what you pay for, and only pay for what you get

19/04/2018Get what you pay for, and only pay for what you get

Matthew Sparkes, deputy director for financial services at the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), on the public sector benefits of the brand-new Spe... more >
Employment support must work for all

19/04/2018Employment support must work for all

London’s new Work and Health Programmes (WHPs), which have now gone live, will help thousands more people get into work across the capital,... 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 leader steps down amidst data breach probe

19/04/2018Council leader steps down amidst data breach probe

The leader of St Helen’s Council has resigned to protect his local authority while police investigate a “possible data breach.” It is believed that the allegations, which Barri... more >
Councils must start preparing for the Autumn Budget now

19/04/2018Councils must start preparing for the Autumn Budget now

This year will provide the opportunity to develop conversations about local government finance in order to ensure councils stop running on empty, explains Jennifer Glover, policy researcher at th... more >

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Women are scaling the heights at Cheshire East Council

04/04/2018Women are scaling the heights at Cheshire East Council

Kath O’Dwyer, acting chief executive of Cheshire East Council, assesses the importance of the women in the authority’s workforce. After speaking at a Cheshire East Council event on International Women’s Day, I started to think about just how much of an impact women make to the workplace in Cheshire East. Cheshire E... more >
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Councils must start preparing for the Autumn Budget now

19/04/2018Councils must start preparing for the Autumn Budget now

This year will provide the opportunity to develop conversations about local government finance in order to ensure councils stop running on empty,... more >
Get what you pay for, and only pay for what you get

19/04/2018Get what you pay for, and only pay for what you get

Matthew Sparkes, deputy director for financial services at the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), on the public sector benefits of the brand-new Spe... more >
Employment support must work for all

19/04/2018Employment support must work for all

London’s new Work and Health Programmes (WHPs), which have now gone live, will help thousands more people get into work across the capital,... more >
Creating a common digital direction

19/04/2018Creating a common digital direction

Phil Rumens, chair of the LocalGov Digital Steering Group and digital services manager for West Berkshire Council, urges local authorities to mak... more >

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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 >
GDPR: The public sector scarecrow

03/04/2018GDPR: The public sector scarecrow

SPONSORED INTERVIEW PSE’s Josh Mines chats to Martin de Martini, CIO of Y Soft, about what the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)... more >
Keeping London safe

05/03/2018Keeping London safe

Theo Blackwell, London’s first-ever chief digital officer (CDO), speaks to PSE’s Luana Salles about the role he plays in ensuring the... more >
BIM: Digitising the public sector

19/02/2018BIM: Digitising the public sector

PSE’s Josh Mines talks to Stephen Crompton, CTO at GroupBC, and Stuart Bell, the company’s sales and marketing director, about how Bu... more >

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