Economy and Infrastructure

‘Naming and shaming index’ for bankrupt councils fails to offer genuine solution

20.07.18: An index designed to measure councils’ financial resilience in order to avoid another Northamptonshire-style fiasco would actually risk oversimplifying complex issues without offering genuine solutions to authorities who are deemed to be f...

London council deficit more than doubles to hit reds ‘of an order never seen previously’

18.07.18: A local authority has more than doubled its financial deficit largely due to an overspend in children’s services “of an order never seen previously” in the area, board papers show. In a cabinet meeting, Lewisham Council re...

Council leaders call for consultation on post-Brexit regional funding

13.07.18: Local government leaders have welcomed the government’s Brexit white paper, with the LGA arguing that it gives “a clearer understanding of what the government’s vision of post-Brexit Britain will look like.” Moreover...

New £420m construction sector deal to spur ‘bytes and mortar revolution’

05.07.18: A new joint government-industry sector deal worth £420m was launched today with the aim of transforming construction through innovative technologies and increasing productivity to help Whitehall deliver its pledge to build 1.5 million home...

Brokenshire refuses to promise lobbying Treasury for council cash

05.07.18: Communities secretary James Brokenshire has failed to make firm commitments to lobby the chancellor for more money in the upcoming Spending Review – despite loud warnings that some councils are on the brink of financial collapse and that t...

Potholes: The scourge of the roads

02.07.18: Potholes are a scourge on our roads and can have much farther-reaching consequences than one might think. Re-routing just a small amount of existing fuel duty payments into local roads would go a long way to fixing the problem, writes Cllr Marti...

Planned council-owned energy firm could drastically cut bills in Wales first

29.06.18: A “pioneering” proposal is being considered by Swansea Council for the creation of an energy firm wholly owned by the authority – which, while not innovative in England, would be the first of its kind in Wales. If the prop...

Council could drop unitary status as mayor insists ‘there is no money left’

27.06.18: Torbay Council’s chief executive is reviewing the possibility of abandoning the authority’s unitary status and reverting to a district council after the mayor promised he was not crying wolf when saying that there was simply no money...

‘Worst is yet to come’: Councils fear inability to balance books despite legal duty to do so

27.06.18: Despite being legally bound to do so, councils fear that they will be unable to deliver balanced budgets in the coming years if the government fails to provide much-needed extra funding ahead of the Spending Review. Research carried out by...

Over half of public want to pay more taxes for social care and homelessness

25.06.18: Taxpayers across the UK are willing to have more taken out of their paychecks to be spent on services including health, emergency services and homelessness, according to a new report. Despite support for varied services differing around the...

Decisions, decisions

18.06.18: The true social value of procurement comes from asking challenging questions and thinking outside the box, argues Melissa Bell, sustainable procurement manager at the YPO. Everyone wants more for their money – and this is even more so...

On a cliff edge: The Barnett Formula

14.06.18: David Phillips, associate director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, gives his analysis of the Barnett Formula post-Brexit and asks: how will we replace EU funding to the devolved governments and local areas of the UK? The UK is due to...

Carillion board’s belief government would bail it out contributed to collapse

23.05.18: The Carillion papers identify “clear and compelling problems” which the government had the opportunity to deal with in the months leading up to its collapse, according to the Public Accounts Committee. Back in January, the House of...

Future of ‘struggling’ high streets to be assessed in new government inquiry

14.05.18: The future of England’s high streets and town centres are set to be reviewed in a new inquiry launched by a government committee. The inquiry, backed by the Housing, Communities and Local Government (HCLG) Committee, will assess the f...

Delays to business rate reforms mean councils face ‘financial cliff edge’

24.04.18: The government has not taken sufficient steps to assess the financial effects of the so called “staircase tax” on local authorities, the housing, communities and local government committee has warned. The Non-Domestic Rating (Proper...

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District and borough authorities begin challenge against Nottinghamshire super-council

20/07/2018District and borough authorities begin challenge against Nottinghamshire super-council

Gedling council members have emphatically outlined their stance against a potential mega-merger in Nottinghamshire that could see borough and dis... more >
Northamptonshire new CEO approved by Full Council to lead area through ‘unprecedented time of change’

20/07/2018Northamptonshire new CEO approved by Full Council to lead area through ‘unprecedented time of change’

Northamptonshire County Council’s new chief executive has been endorsed at the authority’s Full Council meeting yesterday, with the a... more >
‘Naming and shaming index’ for bankrupt councils fails to offer genuine solution

20/07/2018‘Naming and shaming index’ for bankrupt councils fails to offer genuine solution

An index designed to measure councils’ financial resilience in order to avoid another Northamptonshire-style fiasco would actually risk ove... 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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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 >
District and borough authorities begin challenge against Nottinghamshire super-council

20/07/2018District and borough authorities begin challenge against Nottinghamshire super-council

Gedling council members have emphatically outlined their stance against a potential mega-merger in Nottinghamshire that could see borough and district authorities being scrapped. Nottinghams... more >
Northamptonshire new CEO approved by Full Council to lead area through ‘unprecedented time of change’

20/07/2018Northamptonshire new CEO approved by Full Council to lead area through ‘unprecedented time of change’

Northamptonshire County Council’s new chief executive has been endorsed at the authority’s Full Council meeting yesterday, with the authority’s leader saying the new CEO “... more >

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One step closer to voter IDs at elections

19/07/2018One step closer to voter IDs at elections

Chloe Smith MP, Minister for the Constitution, evaluates the outcomes of the voter ID pilots conducted at the last local elections. We are one step closer to strengthening the integrity of our electoral system through requiring electors to confirm their identity before they vote, building on the government’s commitment to safeguard ... more >
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One step closer to voter IDs at elections

19/07/2018One step closer to voter IDs at elections

Chloe Smith MP, Minister for the Constitution, evaluates the outcomes of the voter ID pilots conducted at the last local elections. We are o... more >
Accountability in government: what next?

02/07/2018Accountability in government: what next?

Benoit Guerin, senior researcher at the Institute for Government (IfG), explains why accountability in government needs improving and sets out wh... more >
Potholes: The scourge of the roads

02/07/2018Potholes: The scourge of the roads

Potholes are a scourge on our roads and can have much farther-reaching consequences than one might think. Re-routing just a small amount of exist... more >
Can data save the future of children?

02/07/2018Can data save the future of children?

Ingrid Koehler, service innovation lead at the LGiU, takes a look at the untapped potential for a digital, data-led transformation of children&rs... more >

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Data at the heart of digital transformation

03/04/2018Data at the heart of digital transformation

SPONSORED INTERVIEW Grant Caley, UK & Ireland chief technologist at NetApp, speaks to PSE’s Luana Salles about the benefits of movin... more >
GDPR: The public sector scarecrow

03/04/2018GDPR: The public sector scarecrow

SPONSORED INTERVIEW PSE’s Josh Mines chats to Martin de Martini, CIO of Y Soft, about what the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)... more >
Keeping London safe

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Theo Blackwell, London’s first-ever chief digital officer (CDO), speaks to PSE’s Luana Salles about the role he plays in ensuring the... more >
BIM: Digitising the public sector

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PSE’s Josh Mines talks to Stephen Crompton, CTO at GroupBC, and Stuart Bell, the company’s sales and marketing director, about how Bu... more >

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