Economy and Infrastructure

Cornwall to cut hundreds of jobs in bid to save £80m and avoid Northants-style disaster

19.09.18: Cornwall Council has proposed to cut a whopping 388 jobs under new budget proposals. However, the proposed cuts are only the equivalent of 388 full-time jobs. According to a report ahead of the council’s Cabinet meeting today, the amo...

Oxfordshire County Council approves plans to borrow £120m for infrastructure works

18.09.18: Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet has agreed to borrow up to £120m to invest into infrastructure in a bid to boost the quality of major and minor roads in the county. A report discussed by councillors today acknowledged that...

£100m regeneration investment to 'breathe new life' into Blackpool town centre approved

14.09.18: A series of projects that will catalyse a £100m regeneration of Blackpool town centre has been approved. Included in Blackpool Council’s major investment projects is a £26m state-of-the-art conference centre, a £23m...

Councils urged to provide place-based credit building and salary-linked loans

12.09.18: A new report has urged local authorities and all other public-sector employers to offers their employees salary-linked loans and saving systems to boost financial literacy and end “punitive” borrowing costs. The think tank, ResP...

Northern Powerhouse exports on the rise with 3.5% increase in last year

10.09.18: Demand for goods created in the Northern Powerhouse continues to soar with sales in the region growing by 3.5% in the last year. Official figures released last week highlighted the value of goods on the quarter in 2018 rising from £14...

Crown Commercial Service: Travel solutions on track

10.09.18: Katrina Williams, head of travel at the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), explains how they are helping government organisations to get the best deal when buying travel solutions. It has been a trend since before the turn of the century: digi...

LEPs need to do more for England's countryside

10.09.18: Paul Miner, head of strategic plans and devolution at the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), highlights the findings of a recent survey which show that local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) need to become more sensitive to the needs of rur...

Re-evaluating public service reforms

10.09.18: Chris Painter, professor emeritus at Birmingham City University, explores the paradox of reform principles persisting despite mounting evidence about their limitations. This article critically revisits a number of public service reform prin...

NAO: Funding pressures forcing councils to chase debt ‘too quickly and aggressively’

06.09.18: Short-term incentives and funding pressures across local government may be pushing councils to pursue debt repayments “too quickly and aggressively,” the National Audit Office (NAO) had argued in a new report. The auditor conclu...

Salford considers loaning another £670k to firm behind rugby stadium

06.09.18: Salford City Council is set to approve a further loan to the company behind the AJ Bell Stadium as part of long-term generation plans – but has promised that the extra money will not come from council service pots. The local authority...

‘Bring it on’: Shropshire takes football club to court over unpaid £80,000 grant row

06.09.18: Shropshire Council has launched legal action against a football club in a bid to recover a £80,000 payment made six years ago which has been left largely unpaid. The local authority gave The New Saints (TNS) FC the money “on the...

Biggest UK council defers spending and recruitment to handle ‘serious’ looming deficit

31.08.18: The geographically largest local authority in the UK will be forced to defer non-essential spending, accelerate savings and cut back further on staff recruitment in order to tackle an urgent projected deficit. In papers submitted to its Cor...

London councils to be hit hardest by ‘perverse and unfair’ funding formula

22.08.18: Council funding should depend on how much councils would raise if they all set the same council tax rate instead of determining a formula based on recent spending patterns—which would only reinforce inherent disparities across the country...

Councils ask for help after public finances hit biggest budget surplus in 18 years

21.08.18: Public sector finances seem to have taken a turn for the better as ONS figures show that net borrowing was in surplus by £2bn – double that of July last year, and the largest surplus for 18 years. Key to this growth was a £...

Leeds council approves plans for ‘one of Europe’s largest regeneration schemes’

21.08.18: Exciting regeneration plans for the South Bank area of Leeds have been approved by the city council following extensive consultation with landowners, stakeholders, businesses and the public – amounting to 32,000 individual responses receiv...

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Somerset council criticises financial resiliency index and media speculation on its finances

24/09/2018Somerset council criticises financial resiliency index and media speculation on its finances

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Edinburgh council plans out £30m cuts to tackle four-year £106m black hole

24/09/2018Edinburgh council plans out £30m cuts to tackle four-year £106m black hole

Edinburgh Council have announced a wave of consultations and set out their four-year plan to tackle their budget gap and growing strains on servi... more >
Cash-strapped Somerset council might still fail to set ‘sustainable budget’ despite massive cuts

24/09/2018Cash-strapped Somerset council might still fail to set ‘sustainable budget’ despite massive cuts

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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 >
Somerset council criticises financial resiliency index and media speculation on its finances

24/09/2018Somerset council criticises financial resiliency index and media speculation on its finances

Somerset County Council has expressed their concerns over the proposed financial resiliency index scheme, saying that “having a relative ranking of all authorities” will not improve a... more >
Edinburgh council plans out £30m cuts to tackle four-year £106m black hole

24/09/2018Edinburgh council plans out £30m cuts to tackle four-year £106m black hole

Edinburgh Council have announced a wave of consultations and set out their four-year plan to tackle their budget gap and growing strains on services. The council are seeking resident’s... more >

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Social value: what is it and why?

14/09/2018Social value: what is it and why?

Ben Carpenter, chief executive of Social Value UK, discusses the worth of social value, and argues that, before we start measuring social value, we should ask clearly: what is it, and why? Social value is so much more than a value for money exercise. If you see social value as simply a new catchphrase for ‘efficiency savings’... more >
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Crown Commercial Service: Travel solutions on track

10/09/2018Crown Commercial Service: Travel solutions on track

Katrina Williams, head of travel at the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), explains how they are helping government organisations to get the best de... more >
LEPs need to do more for England's countryside

10/09/2018LEPs need to do more for England's countryside

Paul Miner, head of strategic plans and devolution at the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), highlights the findings of a recent survey wh... more >
What about social care?

10/09/2018What about social care?

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, looks at the exclusion of social care from the government’s rece... more >
Re-evaluating public service reforms

10/09/2018Re-evaluating public service reforms

Chris Painter, professor emeritus at Birmingham City University, explores the paradox of reform principles persisting despite mounting evidence a... more >

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Michael King: Time for Ombudsman reform

06/08/2018Michael King: Time for Ombudsman reform

Michael King first joined the Local Government Ombudsman service back in 2004 as deputy ombudsman. At the start of 2017, he was appointed as the ... more >
Helping a city understand itself

06/08/2018Helping a city understand itself

SPONSORED INTERVIEW The urban landscape is changing. How can local authorities keep up with citizen behaviour? Stephen Leece, managing directo... more >
Modern policing: the future is bright

06/08/2018Modern policing: the future is bright

SPONSORED INTERVIEW The public sector, and policing in particular, has often been criticised as being slow to adapt to change. But now, says L... more >
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 >

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