Economy and Infrastructure

Bus franchising is the biggest power new mayors have - they should use it

15.01.19: It will face opposition at first, but transitioning to a system of bus franchising is the best and only option to truly modernise transport systems across our city regions, argues Luke Raikes, senior research fellow at IPPR North. England&r...

Durham Tees Valley Airport likely to close without council backing of mayor Houchen’s £40m ‘vanity project’

14.01.19: Ben Houchen and the owner of Durham Tees Valley Airport have warned it will likely close if the Tees Valley mayor’s takeover plan is rejected in two weeks’ time. In launching a bid to gather support for the controversial propose...

Kensington and Chelsea RBC commits £50m to Grenfell survivors alongside new recovery strategy

11.01.19: Kensington and Chelsea Royal Borough Council has agreed to put £50m funding into recovery services for those worst affected by Grenfell fire over the next five years. An overarching Grenfell Recovery Strategy has also been approved by...

Building credit with the public sector

07.01.19: Mark Morrin, localism lead and principal research consultant at ResPublica, makes the case for salary-deducted lending to sit alongside a broader set of savings programmes as a solution to indebtedness. Consumer debt and the cost of financi...

Future Cities: Accelerating the accelerators

07.01.19: Rob Whitehead, director of knowledge and communications at Future Cities Catapult, looks ahead to the exciting future of urban innovation. In the 1986 film ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,’ the titular hero proclaims: “Lif...

Smart cities: the smart thing to do

07.01.19: Digital technology must play a supportive and secondary role to energy distribution and transport infrastructure priorities if the ‘smart city’ agenda is to power the clean growth and electric vehicle (EV) revolution, writes Localis...

Greater Manchester councils to ban fracking as Burnham makes ‘radical’ statement

07.01.19: Leaders of the 10 local authorities in Greater Manchester have set out plans to ban the practice the fracking across the region. Greater Manchester will effectively stop companies from extracting underground shale gas in the region, althoug...

Going electric: rolling out an EV charging network

02.01.19: Bridget Rosewell OBE, commissioner at the National Infrastructure Commission, argues that local authorities should be required to prepare for the growing popularity of electric vehicles (EVs) with a government-backed roll-out of a fully visible...

New £700m government scheme to transform high streets and town centres

02.01.19: A £675m fund to transform high streets and town centres has been launched by high streets minister Jake Berry, with towns across the country urged to bid for a share of the funding. The Future High Streets fund aims to revitalise loca...

Business leaders back Houchen’s airport deal as Tees Valley mayor announces name change

20.12.18: Mayor Ben Houchen has announced that he will change the Durham Tees Valley Airport’s name back to its pre-2004 title as part of a major buyout which has now attracted the backing of business leaders in the region, despite continuing politi...

Brokenshire to implement all Grenfell recommendations after ‘painfully slow’ progress at council to date

19.12.18: The government will implement all recommendations on combustible cladding, including a tougher regulatory system for building safety, after a taskforce found that both the pace of change at Kensington and Chelsea council following the Grenfell f...

Core council spending ‘taken a hit’ from ‘smoke and mirrors’ Scottish Budget, but Brexit may force changes

13.12.18: Finance secretary Derek Mackay has unveiled a series of cash injections for Scotland’s public services, with preparations for Brexit at the heart of the government’s spending plans. Mackay yesterday revealed the Budget proposals...

A third of total government spending on external contractors is ‘risky,’ IfG research finds

12.12.18: The government is spending £284bn, almost a third of its total spending, with external contractors, a new report by Institute for Government (IfG) has revealed. The new report states that four government departments – the Minist...

Liverpool mayor quits Northern Powerhouse Partnership claiming government ‘isn’t prepared to listen’

11.12.18: The mayor of Liverpool has quit the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP), arguing he no longer sees the point of the body, and claimed it was “set up by a government which isn’t prepared to listen.” Joe Anderson took to T...

‘Bodies may be uncollected’: No-deal Brexit chaos could see council staff work from home for months

10.12.18: Bodies will remain uncollected and council staff may be forced to work from home for six months due to gridlocked roads in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Kent County Council has warned. In a damning report, Kent CC said that refuse would fi...

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Cabinet member resigns over Birmingham council’s ‘declaration of war’ against staff unions in long-running bins dispute

18/01/2019Cabinet member resigns over Birmingham council’s ‘declaration of war’ against staff unions in long-running bins dispute

Birmingham City Council is seeking a court injunction against refuse workers striking against fortnightly rubbish collections, sparking the cabin... more >
Liverpool City Region mayor proposes ‘metro mayor tax’ to deliver priorities, one year after ruling it out

18/01/2019Liverpool City Region mayor proposes ‘metro mayor tax’ to deliver priorities, one year after ruling it out

Liverpool City Region (LCR) mayor Steve Rotheram has proposed a new ‘metro mayor tax’ a year after ruling out such a move as he unvei... more >
Deal struck in historic 12-year equal pay dispute with Glasgow City Council

18/01/2019Deal struck in historic 12-year equal pay dispute with Glasgow City Council

An agreement has been reached over the long-running and bitter dispute over equal pay at Glasgow City Council, which will see thousands of female... 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 >
Cabinet member resigns over Birmingham council’s ‘declaration of war’ against staff unions in long-running bins dispute

18/01/2019Cabinet member resigns over Birmingham council’s ‘declaration of war’ against staff unions in long-running bins dispute

Birmingham City Council is seeking a court injunction against refuse workers striking against fortnightly rubbish collections, sparking the cabinet member for clean streets, waste and recycling t... more >
Liverpool City Region mayor proposes ‘metro mayor tax’ to deliver priorities, one year after ruling it out

18/01/2019Liverpool City Region mayor proposes ‘metro mayor tax’ to deliver priorities, one year after ruling it out

Liverpool City Region (LCR) mayor Steve Rotheram has proposed a new ‘metro mayor tax’ a year after ruling out such a move as he unveils his key priorities for the combined authority&r... more >

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Blog: 5 minutes with Dr Tracy Vell MBE, Associate Lead for Primary and Community Care, Greater Manchester, Health and Social Care Partnership.

17/01/2019Blog: 5 minutes with Dr Tracy Vell MBE, Associate Lead for Primary and Community Care, Greater Manchester, Health and Social Care Partnership.

Ahead of next month’s EvoNorth event we caught up with Dr Tracy Vell MBE, Associate Lead for Primary and Community Care, Greater Manchester, Health and Social Care Partnership. Dr Tracy Vell MBE shares her thoughts on the Northern Powerhouse, what it means to her and why she thinks it’s important to attend EvoNorth.  W... more >
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Government accountability: A year in crises

15/01/2019Government accountability: A year in crises

From Windrush to Univerisal Credit: the Institute for Government’s (IfG’s) accountability lead Benoit Guerin discusses how we can ave... more >
Rethinking public-private partnerships

15/01/2019Rethinking public-private partnerships

Trinley Walker, senior policy researcher at the New Local Government Network (NLGN) considers some different ways of approaching the relationship... more >
Fracking: divest to invest

07/01/2019Fracking: divest to invest

Deirdre Duff, divestment campaigner at Friends of the Earth, takes a look at local authorities’ role in fracking. The fossil fuel indu... more >
Building credit with the public sector

07/01/2019Building credit with the public sector

Mark Morrin, localism lead and principal research consultant at ResPublica, makes the case for salary-deducted lending to sit alongside a broader... more >

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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 >
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 >
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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