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Introducing the Facilities Management Marketplace

14.12.17: The new Facilities Management (FM) Marketplace will be an opportunity to streamline the process of buying key services whilst propping up new entrants and SMEs, writes John Kenny, head of workplace, commercial specialist (FM and Property) at the...

The chancellor missed a localism trick

10.12.17: Cllr Sue Baxter, chair of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC), demands that the government responds to the changing landscape in public service delivery by offering local authorities much greater freedoms. There are encouragin...

The rise and fall of the smart city concept

10.12.17: Nicola Yates, CEO of Future Cities Catapult, advocates for a smarter public sphere that stays ahead of the technology curve rather than entirely reactive to market developments. The ‘smart city’ rose to prominence as a marketing...

Report calls for ‘people-centred’ Northern Powerhouse

06.12.17: A new report on the Northern Powerhouse devolution project has highlighted the need for a more ‘people centred’ plan. Based on issues discussed at the first-ever People’s Powerhouse event this year, the ‘Putting the...

Councils demand clarity on £8.4bn Brexit funding gap

06.12.17: The LGA has today urged the government to explained how it plans to replace the current EU Structural Funds after Brexit. The local authority representative says an £8.4bn funding gap will open in local communities immediately after t...

Counties reiterate position on Fair Funding Review following ‘misrepresentation’

05.12.17: The County Councils Network (CCN) has set out its position on the Fair Funding Review amidst concerns that the network has been “misrepresented by some in the local government sector.” It has set out its position in relation to...

London mayor appoints Parekh as first ‘international ambassador’

04.12.17: London mayor Sadiq Khan today announced the capital’s first dedicated ‘international ambassador,’ tasked with promoting investment opportunities. Prominent Indian businessman Deepak Parekh will take up the position, prompt...

Industrial strategy ‘should give growth powers to councils over LEPs’

29.11.17: Business secretary Greg Clark’s announcement of the much-anticipated UK industrial strategy has created some disagreement from local authority experts. Specifically, the decision to give local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) primary co...

Berkshire council to cut Citizens Advice funding in £10m savings drive

28.11.17: West Berkshire Council has proposed funding cuts to its Citizens Advice in an effort to continue running other services on current government investment. The authority will also join a number of other councils in charging for garden waste c...

Thousands receive prison threats due to late council tax

27.11.17: Rising numbers of people are being threatened with prison over late council tax payments, with 4,800 people taken to court in 2016-17. Data seen by the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme has shown the extent to which people are being...

Councils receive record £800m parking haul this year

27.11.17: Authorities across England have documented record £819m in profits through parking operations over the past year. The figure has risen by 10% on 2015-16, when it hit a £740m high, and is 40% higher than the numbers recorded just...

Living standards set to fall for longest period yet , think tank says

24.11.17: Britain is heading for the longest period of falling living standards since records began, the Resolution Foundation has warned this week. In its analysis of the Autumn Budget, the Foundation found that real household disposable income is set t...

Business rates announcement does not solve council funding uncertainty

22.11.17: The government has announced that business rates will be reduced by changing the basis from the Retail Price Index (RPI) to the lower Consumer Price Index (CPI). Originally the switch was set for 2020 but plans have been brought forward by...

Khan attacks Hammond, describing Budget as ‘most anti-London in a generation’

22.11.17: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has attacked Philip Hammond’s Budget, calling it the “most anti-London Budget in a generation.” In a furious statement, Khan criticised the chancellor’s failure to announce any new policing...

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. ...

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Whole of government must act together to fulfil the ambition of the Industrial Strategy

11/12/2017Whole of government must act together to fulfil the ambition of the Industrial Strategy

Jen Rae, head of innovation policy at Nesta, says the aims in the government’s new Industrial Strategy are ambitious, but will require a shift in policymaking in order to be realised in full. Last Monday saw the long-awaited launch of the UK’s new Industrial Strategy, the government’s plan for prosperity and growth in a ... more >
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Introducing the Facilities Management Marketplace

14/12/2017Introducing the Facilities Management Marketplace

The new Facilities Management (FM) Marketplace will be an opportunity to streamline the process of buying key services whilst propping up new ent... more >
Meet Pepper, the social care robot

14/12/2017Meet Pepper, the social care robot

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has become the country’s first local authority to fully exploit the benefits of robotics in social care by ... more >
Quality, not quantity, is what matters

14/12/2017Quality, not quantity, is what matters

Luke Sibieta, research fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Education Policy Institute, takes a look at the impact of the apprentic... more >
NCSC: A new and adventurous agenda

11/12/2017NCSC: A new and adventurous agenda

Ciaran Martin, chief executive of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), reflects on the lessons learned during the first year of the governm... more >

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Are we taking a risk on education?

14/12/2017Are we taking a risk on education?

Adrian Prandle, director of economic strategy and negotiations at the National Education Union (NEU), questions the stark lack of announcements a... more >
A fantastic opportunity awaits you

11/12/2017A fantastic opportunity awaits you

Eight months on from the government’s announcement of major training reforms, Anne Milton, minister for apprenticeships and skills at the D... more >
This is Manchester, we do things differently here

10/12/2017This is Manchester, we do things differently here

Joanne Roney OBE, chief executive of Manchester City Council, speaks to PSE’s Luana Salles about the region’s pioneering plans f... more >
Andy Burnham: the crisis unfolding in front of our eyes

10/12/2017Andy Burnham: the crisis unfolding in front of our eyes

With homelessness on the rise across the country, politicians in central and local government are desperately looking for new solutions. Andy Bur... more >

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