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November too late for pay cap decision, GMB says

25.09.17: The GMB has criticised the government’s choice to defer the decision of ending the public sector pay cap until the Autumn Budget on 22 November, arguing that this is “too long to wait”. The pay cap has already seen public...

LGA: TfL Uber decision shows need for ‘urgent reform’ of outdated taxi laws

25.09.17: Councils have this week declared that outdated taxi laws need to be urgently reformed following Transport for London’s (TfL’s) decision to revoke taxi giant Uber’s trading license in the capital. TfL made the decision amid...

Councils raise service quality concerns as budget pressures start to bite

14.09.17: Councils have this week expressed serious concern that they will not be able to maintain high service quality under the current rate of budget cuts from central government. Research conducted by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) looked...

Council slams Javid for ‘empty rhetoric’ and radio silence on council finances

11.09.17: A Basildon councillor has been left frustrated at the failure of communities secretary Sajid Javid to respond to a letter concerning council finances sent to him 10 weeks ago. Cllr Gavin Callaghan, the authority’s Policy and Resources...

New IT procurement framework aims to save public sector £180m

07.09.17: Public sector organisations have been encouraged to save millions on the cost of specialist IT expertise by buying through a new Crown Commercial Service (CCS) procurement framework. The CCS has also confirmed that it has this week awarded...

County forced to slash £45m to fix ‘extremely challenging’ finances

07.09.17: A major council in the north has this week announced that it is considering pushing for £45m worth of savings to keep its fragile financial position afloat in the future. Lancashire County Council will hold a cabinet meeting next week...

Additional fees for council services on the rise, think tank finds

06.09.17: Residents are increasingly paying additional fees for council-run services that are already funded through tax, a leading think tank has today stated. The research gathered by the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA), which analysed 22 services...

Councils urged to bid for new tranche of business rates retention pilots

04.09.17: Local authorities are being invited to put forward sustainable and collaborative proposals to retain their business rates growth locally as the DCLG prepares for the second round of pilots. From April 2018, the government will launch anothe...

An opportunity or a self-inflicted wound?

30.08.17: A year after the UK voted to leave the EU and months since Article 50 was triggered, it’s still unclear what direction Brexit is going to take. PSE’s Josh Mines reports from the Public Sector Show about what the opportunities and con...

Making the public pound count

29.08.17: Rt Hon Hazel Blears, chair of Social Investment Business and a leading member of the National Advisory Board for Global Impact Investment, discusses the importance of achieving social, economic and environmental impact through procurement. ...

Early learning from a City Deal

23.08.17: Newcastle City Council CEO Pat Ritchie explains how the area's City Deal is providing ambitious places with the funding they need to drive inclusive growth locally. I’m certain anyone who hasn’t visited Newcastle for a while can...

It’s all part of the master plan

21.08.17: Dawn Baxendale, chief executive of Southampton City Council, talks about the city’s ambitions and the importance of its Master Plan, which has given investors greater confidence to commit their money to the area. We have ambitious pla...

Now more than ever we need long-term strategic economic management

21.08.17: While the government still deliberates the feedback to its industrial strategy consultation, the independent Industrial Strategy Commission has identified a number of key foundational themes to make it a success. PSE’s David Stevenson repo...

Councils call for ‘lighter touch’ to public procurement after Brexit

18.08.17: Councils have called for a more efficient “lighter touch” system for procurement after the UK leaves the European Union. In a statement, the LGA said that this could include giving local authorities greater power to use local su...

Street: West Midlands rail franchise award a ‘game changer’ for region

10.08.17: Local authorities in the West Midlands have welcomed new investment in transport in the region as the contract for the new rail franchise in the area was awarded by the Department for Transport (DfT). West Midlands Trains Ltd, a partnership...

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November too late for pay cap decision, GMB says

25/09/2017November too late for pay cap decision, GMB says

The GMB has criticised the government’s choice to defer the decision of ending the public sector pay cap until the Autumn Budget on 22 Nove... more >
LGA: TfL Uber decision shows need for ‘urgent reform’ of outdated taxi laws

25/09/2017LGA: TfL Uber decision shows need for ‘urgent reform’ of outdated taxi laws

Councils have this week declared that outdated taxi laws need to be urgently reformed following Transport for London’s (TfL’s) decisi... more >
Councils falling short of preventive care obligations

22/09/2017Councils falling short of preventive care obligations

Councils are failing to meet their obligations to prevent, reduce or delay the need for care as set out in the Care Act 2014. New research p... more >

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14/08/2017Time for reflection

A lot has happened since the last edition of PSE was published. In particular, the snap general election delivered an astounding result that many of the pollsters and political experts could not have predicted when Theresa May initially called for it back in April. Chris Painter, Professor Emeritus at Birmingham City University, provides ... 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 >
November too late for pay cap decision, GMB says

25/09/2017November too late for pay cap decision, GMB says

The GMB has criticised the government’s choice to defer the decision of ending the public sector pay cap until the Autumn Budget on 22 November, arguing that this is “too long to wait... more >
How would local government look under a Labour government?

25/09/2017How would local government look under a Labour government?

Few will disagree with the statement that the current landscape of local government is one that has been shaped by seven years of Tory influence. Harsh austerity measures have seen pressures... more >

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How would local government look under a Labour government?

25/09/2017How would local government look under a Labour government?

Few will disagree with the statement that the current landscape of local government is one that has been shaped by seven years of Tory influence. Harsh austerity measures have seen pressures on council-run services, as well as the NHS, mount sharply as demand increases. The resurgence of the Labour Party in June’s snap election... more >
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Support for councils following Grenfell

04/09/2017Support for councils following Grenfell

Ian Moore, CEO of the Fire Industry Association (FIA), discusses the wider lessons of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire and what measures and assess... more >
A quiet revolution

04/09/2017A quiet revolution

Dermot Ryan, programme director at NHS Digital for the Health and Social Care Network (HSCN), talks to PSE about the importance of moving to the ... more >
Effective leadership in uncertain times

04/09/2017Effective leadership in uncertain times

Dr David Beech, lecturer in people management at Salford Business School, argues that continuous renewal and progress is fundamental to effective... more >
Refocusing professional development

04/09/2017Refocusing professional development

Graeme McDonald, managing director of Solace, discusses the importance of taking time out to focus on learning, especially in the ever-changing l... 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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