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Local government secretary announces £9m Brexit preparedness fund

22.08.19: Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick MP has announced an extra £9m will be made available to ensure local areas and major ports are ready for Brexit. As part of the funding, local councils which either have or are located near to...

Northern road projects in £700m funding bid

21.08.19: Transport for the North (TfN) has submitted a bid for £700m of investment into the region’s roads over the next five years, with 16 projects earmarked to benefit from the funding boost. The regional transport body is asking for...

Sponsored roundabouts policy earns Bradford Council £128k a year

14.08.19: Bradford Council’s policy of allowing businesses to pay for sponsorships of roundabouts and grass verges has seen the local authority bring in £128,000 a year. With business advertising now present on almost 70 highways verges a...

Chancellor announces fast-tracked spending review ahead of Brexit

09.08.19: Chancellor Sajid Javid has announced a fast-tracked one-tear Spending Round to allow government departments to focus on delivering Brexit on 31 October. Javid said the spending round for 2020-21 will provide “financial certainty&rdquo...

Enfield council submits application for 2,300 homes in London

08.08.19: As part of its next phase of the £6bn Meridian Water scheme in north London, Enfield council have submitted plans for 2,300 new homes on the site. The application is the largest ever submitted to the local authority, and has been...

Thousands of new council homes part of 2040 Wales vision

08.08.19: A development vision for Wales by 2040 has outlined more urban living, and earmarked the building of thousands of new council homes. As part of the vision, a new planning framework – the National Development Framework – is...

Oxford City Council plans £200k bike facilities upgrade

08.08.19: Hundreds of new bike spaces could be built in Oxford city centre, as part of Oxford City Council’s £200,000 plan to improve the city’s cycling infrastructure. Consultants told the city council that 665 new spaces coul...

Portsmouth City Council buys £138m office complex

06.08.19: Lakeside North Harbour, a vast office complex in Portsmouth, has been purchased by the local City Council for £138m. The site, located in Cosham, now belongs to the local authority, with a loan set to be used to pay for the 120-acre s...

TechnologyOne: The shared services boom

06.08.19: Is austerity really over? Even if it is, that doesn’t mark the end of shared services for local government. Anwen Robinson, UK Operating Officer at TechnologyOne explains. In the 2018 Autumn statement, chancellor Philip Hamm...

£24m approved to tackle rush hour traffic in Wokingham

02.08.19: Road users in Wokingham are to benefit from a £24m investment to reduce congestion, boost employment and create opportunities for greener forms of travel. Roads Minister Baroness Vere has announced funding for a new 2.3 km A...

Local government secretary Robert Jenrick backs Midlands investment

01.08.19: Having been named the new ministerial champion for the Midlands Engine, local government secretary Robert Jenrick MP has confirmed he will lead ambitious plans to boost prosperity across the Midlands. The Midlands plays an essential role wi...

Tees Valley Mayor + Combined Authority control £29.5m budget

01.08.19: The Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority have officially taken control of an annual devolved budget of around £29.5m  to deliver adult education provision across the region. To mark the event, the Mayor visited Stockton...

Liverpool mayor submits £230m bid for ‘Green City Deal’

31.07.19: The mayor of Liverpool has submitted a major bid to the new prime minister for a £230m ‘Green City Deal’ to boost the region’s economy and tackle climate change. Joe Anderson has put forward the proposal to Boris Joh...

Multi-million-pound Metro station opens in South Tyneside

31.07.19: A multi-million-pound transport interchange in South Tyneside is set to welcome its first passengers after a major refit. The £21million facility in South Shields, which incorporates a relocated Metro station will open this weekend. ...

Kensington and Chelsea Council announce £57m for estate

26.07.19: Kensington and Chelsea Council are set to invest £57m to transform Lancaster West Estate in west London. According to a report to the council, the project will deliver “a model 21st century social housing estate”. Bui...

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Local government secretary announces £9m Brexit preparedness fund

22/08/2019Local government secretary announces £9m Brexit preparedness fund

Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick MP has announced an extra £9m will be made available to ensure local areas and major ports are re... more >
Councils save £100m through LGA sector-led improvements

21/08/2019Councils save £100m through LGA sector-led improvements

Councils have saved more than £100m in the past year through a sector-led improvement (SLI) offer set up by the Local Government Associatio... more >
Northern road projects in £700m funding bid

21/08/2019Northern road projects in £700m funding bid

Transport for the North (TfN) has submitted a bid for £700m of investment into the region’s roads over the next five years, with 16 p... 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 >
Generating growth with the Grimsby town deal

22/08/2019Generating growth with the Grimsby town deal

Something is stirring in the north of England. Philip Jackson, leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, explains what’s occurring and how it’s caught the eye of Government and the p... more >
Local government secretary announces £9m Brexit preparedness fund

22/08/2019Local government secretary announces £9m Brexit preparedness fund

Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick MP has announced an extra £9m will be made available to ensure local areas and major ports are ready for Brexit. As part of the funding, local... more >

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New rules to change the future of Social Value

05/06/2019New rules to change the future of Social Value

The government has announced the introduction of new rules to change the future of social value and make the way housing developers stump up the money for infrastructure both simpler and more transparent. These regulatory changes are designed to help achieve its ambition to deliver 300,000 extra homes per year by the mid-2020s.  ... 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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