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The Queen’s Speech Roundup: Crime, social care and devolution bills

14.10.19: Boris Johnson has set out his Government’s major policies on crime, the environment and Brexit in today’s Queen Speech, including the announcement that a Devolution White Paper will be published. Housing safety in the wake of Gr...

UK heritage and culture to receive £250m investment

14.10.19: The role of culture in communities is being reinforced with a £250m investment for young people and local growth. Cultural projects, museums, libraries and other creative industries have reason to celebrate after the Culture Secretary...

Government investment to transform key city centre sites

10.10.19:   Two major city-centre sites will benefit from dramatic regeneration aiming to help growth in the region and save taxpayers’ money. Birmingham and Peterborough city centres will be the bases for thousands of civil servants...

£88m in Government funding to boost UK business productivity.

10.10.19: The Government has announced today (October 10) an £88m cash injection to boost productivity power of UK businesses. The UK falls behind other countries around the world in terms of productivity, and this new funding hopes to close th...

Up to £204bn in government funding to boost innovation, business, energy and science

09.10.19: Plans have been laid out by government to drive the UK forward with business, growth, opportunity and skills, including a boost for innovation and science. Last week, Business and Energy secretary Andrea Leadsom, launched a number of new me...

Mayor of London opens completed Highbury Corner

02.10.19: The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, joined Transport for London (TfL) and Islington Council today to officially open the new Highbury Corner junction. The once daunting roundabout, known for its potential danger, has been transformed into a we...

£200m road scheme secures final funding

01.10.19: Construction of a major road scheme in Preston has received the necessary funding to get started on work. The £200m Preston Western Distributor scheme will be constructed on the west side of the city from the M55 motorway connecting t...

Trafford Council to loan £2.5m to leisure trust

01.10.19: Trafford Council is set to loan a leisure centre company £2.5m, in order to support renovations and two new leisure centres in Altrincham and Stretford, as well as help provide a pay increase to staff. According to councillors, t...

£4m invested in higher worker earnings and youth employment

30.09.19: The government have announced two new programmes today to help young people into work and jobseekers into higher paid jobs. Manchester and the West Midlands are set to receive up to £1.2m for extra time and resources to be spent on he...

Greater Manchester one step closer to bus reform

30.09.19: Greater Manchester is taking steps to lead the way in obtaining bus reform. It will be the first city-region in the UK to use public consultation on the introduction of a bus franchising scheme. Under the Bus Services Act 2017, powers are a...

Andy Burnham reveals plans for a transformed ‘London style’ system for Greater Manchester

30.09.19: The Mayor of Greater Manchester has today announced his bold new masterplan for a ‘London style’ transport system of integrated train journeys and multi-modal zonal ticketing. Launching the plans today, Andy Burnham expressed hi...

Developing the future of UK infrastructure invested in Southampton

27.09.19: The University of Southampton officially unveils the National Infrastructure Laboratory on its Boldrewood Innovation campus today. The opening of the centre, by chief executive of Network Rail, Andrew Haines, will see the Southampton’...

UK Government to give Welsh councils a boost for electric vehicles

25.09.19: Nine local authorities in Wales will receive UK Government funding to allow the installation of charging points in car parks and residential areas. The UK Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) is set to give five counci...

Rural areas concern as number of barn conversions without planning rise

23.09.19: Rural areas have seen a spike in the number of barns and farm buildings being turned into homes. Over the past three years there has been an almost 230 per cent increase on these transformations happening, all without the need for planning permi...

Network rail proposal for UNESCO World Heritage Site

20.09.19: Network Rail has submitted a planning application to City of Edinburgh Council proposing to install a bridge walk and visitor centre at the historic Forth Bridge.   If plans go ahead for the UNESCO World Heritage site revamp, members of th...

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Cambridge City Council joins plastic pledge action

18/10/2019Cambridge City Council joins plastic pledge action

Cambridge City Council has got on board with the Cambridge Plastic Pledge, urging local businesses and organisations to make a change this year t... more >
Multimillion-pound Waltham Forest transformation unveiled

17/10/2019Multimillion-pound Waltham Forest transformation unveiled

Transport for London (TfL) and The Deputy Mayor for Transport, Heidi Alexander, have today (Oct 17) joined Waltham Forest Council and the City of... more >
Boris Johnson to chair first-of-its-kind Climate Change Committee

17/10/2019Boris Johnson to chair first-of-its-kind Climate Change Committee

The Prime Minister will today announce (Oct 17) that he will chair a new Cabinet Committee dedicated to tackling Climate Change and its global ef... 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 >
Cambridge City Council joins plastic pledge action

18/10/2019Cambridge City Council joins plastic pledge action

Cambridge City Council has got on board with the Cambridge Plastic Pledge, urging local businesses and organisations to make a change this year to reduce their single-use plastic contribution. ... more >
Multimillion-pound Waltham Forest transformation unveiled

17/10/2019Multimillion-pound Waltham Forest transformation unveiled

Transport for London (TfL) and The Deputy Mayor for Transport, Heidi Alexander, have today (Oct 17) joined Waltham Forest Council and the City of London Corporation to unveil a key part of the mu... more >

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NSPCC: Working together to improve the support available for children who have been sexually abused

08/10/2019NSPCC: Working together to improve the support available for children who have been sexually abused

Hayley Clark, the acting head of development and impact at the NSPCC, talks about the significant gap in support services for children who have been sexually abused and the Home Office’s new framework for commissioners. The complex and fragmented commissioning landscape for child sexual abuse support services has resulted in a signi... 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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