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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...

Union Chain Bridge receives £3.14m National Lottery funding

18.09.19:   The oldest operational suspension bridge in the world has received £3.14m in lottery funding, securing its future. The Union Chain Bridge, or Union Suspension Bridge as it is also known, has been providing a crucial transp...

Councils urged to apply for £120k local road improvement fund

18.09.19: Local authorities across the UK are being urged to apply for a new grant fund, delivered by the Road Safety Trust, aimed towards improving safety on local roads. The Small Grants Funding Programme has an estimated £120,000 budget...

Government awards £2m to prevent illegal greenbelt development

18.09.19: Housing minister Esther McVey has announced £2m funding to “ensure the UK greenbelt remains untouched and protected” by preventing illegal greenbelt development. The funding will be shared across 37 areas of the UK, w...

West Midlands Combined Authority to deliver 4,000 new homes

17.09.19: A pioneering partnership between the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and Lovell Partnerships provides opportunity to pave the way for over 4,000 new homes. Confirmed by mayor Andy Street today (Tuesday 17 Sept), the partnership will...

Details of £95m high street investments revealed

16.09.19: The government will provide 69 towns across the UK with a share of a £95m heritage boost. Specific locations and their respective portions have been confirmed by culture secretary Nicky Morgan. The cash injection will be overseen by H...

Boris Johnson vows to give more power to the Northern Powerhouse regions

13.09.19: Boris Johnson has pledged his support for the Northern Powerhouse and for further devolution deals, alongside announcing the creation of a new growth body with powers to bring together major organisations in the region. Giving a speech in S...

Government pledges £62m funding to improve flood defences

12.09.19: Government has pledged £62m funding to improve flood defences across England, with more than 9,000 homes set to benefit from the improvements. Environment secretary Theresa Villiers announced the new round of investment into flood def...

Jenrick announces £9m Brexit fund for councils

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...

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Peterborough City Council to tackle homelessness with its own housing company

20/09/2019Peterborough City Council to tackle homelessness with its own housing company

Peterborough City Council to ask for cabinet approval to set up their own Housing Revenue Account (HRA), enabling the council to provide&nbs... more >
Home Office encourages civil servants to volunteer with police

20/09/2019Home Office encourages civil servants to volunteer with police

Civil servants who take up the option of volunteering as special constables will get up to 12 days paid special leave a year, in order to sp... more >
Network rail proposal for UNESCO World Heritage Site

20/09/2019Network rail proposal for UNESCO World Heritage Site

Network Rail has submitted a planning application to City of Edinburgh Council proposing to install a bridge walk and visitor centre at the histori... 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 >
Peterborough City Council to tackle homelessness with its own housing company

20/09/2019Peterborough City Council to tackle homelessness with its own housing company

Peterborough City Council to ask for cabinet approval to set up their own Housing Revenue Account (HRA), enabling the council to provide hundreds of new homes over the coming decades&nb... more >
Home Office encourages civil servants to volunteer with police

20/09/2019Home Office encourages civil servants to volunteer with police

Civil servants who take up the option of volunteering as special constables will get up to 12 days paid special leave a year, in order to spend more time supporting their local police force.... more >

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Northern Powerhouse Partner aims to connect the North once again

02/09/2019Northern Powerhouse Partner aims to connect the North once again

In February this year, official Northern Powerhouse Partner, Cognitive Publishing, delivered EvoNorth 2019.  The two day event was designed to amplify and highlight future developments the region has to offer - uniting leaders responsible for fuelling the Northern Powerhouse agenda, including Dr Nicola Headlam, Head of the Northern Powerh... 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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