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Funding inequalities could destroy public services in rural areas

20.11.17: Central government funding per resident in county authorities was almost 50% below large cities last year, with councils saying the situation could quickly deteriorate, new research released today by the County Council Network (CCN) has found. ...

Major growth investment includes £1.7bn city transport fund

20.11.17: The government has today announced that it will release £1.7bn of extra funding for cities ahead of Wednesday’s Budget. Prime minister Theresa May made the announcement, which includes £250m for the West Midlands region to...

Give us cash to pave way for long-term finance reform, councils say

15.11.17: London Councils has called for local services to be properly funded in order to “pave the way” for long-term finance reform ahead of next week’s Autumn Budget. By 2020 it is expected that London boroughs will have suffered a 6...

Croydon Council approves major £1.4bn town centre redevelopment

15.11.17: Plans to redevelop Croydon town centre have been approved by the council and could bring in as many as 7,000 jobs and 1,000 new homes. The £1.4bn proposal for the Whitgift Shopping Centre, put forward by the Croydon Partnership, was u...

Social value: A fresh way of approaching investment

10.11.17: In an age of austerity, council leaders are always looking to squeeze everything they can from finite budgets. Trafford Council CEO Theresa Grant explains to PSE’s Josh Mines how social value can offer local authorities an innovative new w...

Government debt rises to £47,000 per household

07.11.17: Government debt has continued to grow since the financial crisis, the National Audit Office has today reported. The Whole of Government Accounts (WGA) found net liabilities of £1,986bn in 2015-16, of which £1,261bn was debt from bor...

Inquiry into 100% business rate retention launched to deal with 2020 uncertainty

06.11.17: The DCLG has launched a new inquiry on 100% business rate retention after the policy failed to get through the Commons when the general election was called earlier this year. This inquiry will continue from the original study into business...

Government to simplify public sector buy and supply contacts

03.11.17: The government is working to simplify procurement contracts as a reaction to complaints about the process of buying goods and services across the public sector. Proposals involve simplifying the contract terms and focusing on a user-led sys...

Councils drastically overspending on mileage allowance payments

25.10.17: Councils are paying their staff excessive mileage allowance payments, according to a report released yesterday. The research by the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) found that staff are receiving millions more than they should be entitled to. ...

Liverpool takes back £7m parks deal from private firm

20.10.17: Liverpool City Council is set to award its wholly-owned company a major £7m contract for maintenance of parks and green spaces. A report to the cabinet this week has recommended that the £6.8m annual arrangement is handed to Liv...

IfG: Budget needs ‘tough and urgent’ policies on schools and social care

19.10.17: Central government spending props up failing services and does not deal with underlying problems, a new study has suggested. The ‘Performance Tracker’ – published today by the Institute for Government (IfG) and the Charter...

WYCA: £400m for northern transport ‘a helpful start’, but must go further

03.10.17: A combined authority has welcomed chancellor Philip Hammond’s announcement of a £400m injection for northern transport, but argued that funding will have to run into the billions to have a strong impact. Leaders of authorities i...

‘More options needed’ as rates retention to leave counties worse off

29.09.17: Business rates retention could leave counties worse off rather than make them more financially self-sufficient, with the funding gap widening over time and threatening to reach £700m by 2029 – on top of any existing gap at that point...

Drivers from abroad rack up £1m in unpaid council parking fines

28.09.17: Drivers from outside the UK have racked up over £1m in parking fines over the past year in Westminster, the city council has today revealed. French drivers were by far the worst offenders, clocking in £356,000 in fines last fina...

Councils challenge government to plug £6bn gap by 2019-20

28.09.17: Councils have today called on the government to plug its funding gap of £5.8bn by 2019-20 by providing funding to keep services which are “at tipping point.” In its submission for the Autumn Budget, the LGA argued that the...

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Javid hints at non-mayoral combined authorities

21/11/2017Javid hints at non-mayoral combined authorities

Communities minister Sajid Javid has spoken of the potential for new combined authorities to be set up in the future which do not have a single m... more >
Funding inequalities could destroy public services in rural areas

20/11/2017Funding inequalities could destroy public services in rural areas

Central government funding per resident in county authorities was almost 50% below large cities last year, with councils saying the situation cou... more >
Major growth investment includes £1.7bn city transport fund

20/11/2017Major growth investment includes £1.7bn city transport fund

The government has today announced that it will release £1.7bn of extra funding for cities ahead of Wednesday’s Budget. Prime mi... 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

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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 >
Javid hints at non-mayoral combined authorities

21/11/2017Javid hints at non-mayoral combined authorities

Communities minister Sajid Javid has spoken of the potential for new combined authorities to be set up in the future which do not have a single mayor. Speaking at the County Councils Network... more >
Mounting pressures lead councils to overspend on social care by £21bn

21/11/2017Mounting pressures lead councils to overspend on social care by £21bn

Over half of councils are expected to overspend on their adult social care budgets this year, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) has claimed. With each council exceedi... more >

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Visual.ONS: How to compete with the big data aggregators

13/11/2017Visual.ONS: How to compete with the big data aggregators

Advertisement feature Christopher Gallagher, territory manager at SAS, explains how big data can be used by the public sector to find innovative solutions to common problems.  I have been really impressed by the work of Visual.ONS – the team at the Office for National Statistics, who are responsible for exploring imaginati... more >
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Driving forward a healthier Scotland

10/11/2017Driving forward a healthier Scotland

Dundee City Council is leading the way in boosting electric vehicle (EV) uptake in Scotland, writes Rebecca Wallace from the local authority&rsqu... more >
A smarter approach to digital transformation

10/11/2017A smarter approach to digital transformation

Catherine Bright, Smarter Digital Services (SDS) manager, explains how a partnership of 12 councils across Kent and Surrey are jointly funding a ... more >
Delivering on estates

10/11/2017Delivering on estates

Sam Ulyatt, strategic category commercial director at the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), on how a new framework can help public sector organisat... more >
Open for business

10/11/2017Open for business

Clare Moore, senior specialist of valuation and disposals at the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), explains how public sector bodies looking to... more >

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‘The HSCN is the realisation of industry best practice’

30/06/2017‘The HSCN is the realisation of industry best practice’

Keith Smith, public sector business development manager at Virgin Media Business, tells PSE’s Luana Salles that health and social care orga... more >
HSCN: The enabler for a more joined-up public sector

26/06/2017HSCN: The enabler for a more joined-up public sector

Mark Hall, Chief Assurance Officer at Redcentric, discusses NHS Digital’s project, the new Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) and what b... more >
Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

25/04/2017Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

Ahead of this year’s mayoral elections, Lord Kerslake, the former head of the Civil Service, tells PSE’s David Stevenson why the argu... more >
New social care funding misses the point

13/04/2017New social care funding misses the point

Clive Betts MP, chair of the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee, reflects on the social care funding released in this year’s ... more >

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