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West Midlands sees 8.7% boost in apprenticeships

04.12.19: The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has announced figures showing a rise in jobs and skills, with over 2,500 new apprenticeships created in the region. The report comes from the Office for Data Analytics, showing that there are now...

International charity recognises Greater Manchester’s efforts against climate change

03.12.19: The city-region of Greater Manchester was named on the CDP’s (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) ‘A List’ of cities, states and regions that are working hard towards combatting climate change. In the 2018 list, publis...

Oxford City Council offer lifeline to small businesses

02.12.19: Oxford City Council is offering free stalls for 15 small businesses in Oxford at the Gloucester Green Market on Saturday (7 Dec). The market, run by LSD Promotions on behalf of the council, will open on ‘Small Business Saturday’...

The EUA call on government to prioritise decarbonisation

29.11.19: The Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA) has published a manifesto asking the next government to make the big decisions on decarbonisation. The newly published manifesto (Nov 28) states that ‘customers must be at the front and centre o...

New Carnegie UK Report offers ‘turnaround’ for UK towns

28.11.19: A new report published by the Carnegie UK Trust called ‘Turnaround Towns UK’ aims to provide a pathway for change and prevent town decline. According to the new study, vulnerable towns can secure their future and turn their fort...

Manchester Metropolitan University’s new £35m School of Digital Arts underway

28.11.19: Building work is underway on Manchester Metropolitan University’s School of Digital Arts, a £35m investment into the future of digital storytelling. Due to be opened in 2021, the School of Digital Arts (SODA) is a pioneering int...

Post-Brexit growth strategies to be debated at IED conference

27.11.19: The Institute of Economic Development is holding their annual conference next week (Dec 4) in London, where economic strategies for a post-Brexit Britain will be debated. Exploring ways to deliver inclusive and sustainable growth and more e...

TUC calls for large-scale investment in local services

25.11.19: £1.4bn less a year is being spent on key local services than in 2010 according to new analysis published today (25 Nov) by Trade Union Congress (TUC). TUC is calling for large-scale investment in local services as North West council s...

Knowsley Council buying up land in £43m Kirkby regeneration plan

22.11.19: Knowsley Council is buying land and existing shops from a developer in the Merseyside area of Kirkby as part of a £43m investment deal to rejuvenate the neglected town centre. Original plans from the private sector to regenerate the t...

Metrolink contactless payment system hits millionth journey

20.11.19: Transport for Greater Manchester announced today (20th Nov) that at the weekend Metrolink’s contactless payment system hit the million-journey mark. The contactless payment method was brought in on the 15th of July this year and this...

Cumbria County Council receives national award

20.11.19: A prestigious national award was handed to Cumbria County Council at this year’s National Constructing Excellence Awards, the lead organisation for construction in the UK, for a new school building. The county council’s new stat...

Mayor of Liverpool launches appeal to help feed the hungry this Christmas

19.11.19: The Mayor’s Hope Fund has launched an appeal for donations of tins, packets and UHT milk and juice to stoke the shelves of foodbanks in the city with Christmas approaching. Liverpool City Council have set up multiple collection points...

Hammersmith and Fulham council to buy back Gibbs Green and West Kensington estates

19.11.19: Two estates that have been under threat of demolition since 2012 have been handed back to Hammersmith & Fulham council. Gibbs Green and West Kensington estates were sold by the then Conservative-lead council in 2012 for £105 milli...

Doncaster Council approves plans for large-scale airport development

14.11.19:   Doncaster Council has approved plans for a major advanced manufacturing and logistics development located at Doncaster Sheffield airport (DSA). The 3.5 million square foot development, which will be owned and managed by Peel L&a...

Living Wage Foundation calls for employers to join as UK Living Wage rises

12.11.19: The Living Wage Foundation has announced a new UK Living Wage hourly rate of £9.30 per hour, an increase of 30p per hour. The new London Living Wage has risen to £10.75 per hour, a 20p per hour increase. This comes as living cos...

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Darlington council in £9.5m venture to build on housebuilding success

06/12/2019Darlington council in £9.5m venture to build on housebuilding success

Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet has approved the borrowing of a further £9.5m to create another housebuilding joint venture, fol... more >
LGA responds to report on lack of social care

05/12/2019LGA responds to report on lack of social care

Age UK has today (Dec 5) published a report on the effect of a lack of social care, citing that it has resulted in 2.5 million lost bed days in t... more >
£845k in charity grants supporting disabled people in London

05/12/2019£845k in charity grants supporting disabled people in London

One London charity has been awarded £248,000 in funding to develop accessibility in jobs and services for disabled people. City Bridge... 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 >
Darlington council in £9.5m venture to build on housebuilding success

06/12/2019Darlington council in £9.5m venture to build on housebuilding success

Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet has approved the borrowing of a further £9.5m to create another housebuilding joint venture, following the success of its current schemes. Th... more >
LGA responds to report on lack of social care

05/12/2019LGA responds to report on lack of social care

Age UK has today (Dec 5) published a report on the effect of a lack of social care, citing that it has resulted in 2.5 million lost bed days in the NHS between this election (Dec 12) and the prev... more >

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Utilising data to best deliver meaningful public services

14/11/2019Utilising data to best deliver meaningful public services

Public Sector Executive’s Matt Roberts explains how living in a modern, interconnected world, as we do, means public sector organisations cannot afford to ignore the role of data. Data is all around us in the modern age. Unseen, the digital environment plays a role in near on every aspect of our lives. It influences, manages and mit... 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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