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Inspiring leadership in social value

15.10.18: We have learned a lot since the last National Social Value Conference, with many organisations both in the public and private sectors now embedding social value into commissioning and procurement. Guy Battle, chief executive at Social Value Port...

Is fair funding possible, or pie in the sky?

15.10.18: David Phillips, associate director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, discusses the current health of local government finance, and how a better formula could help manage this situation. In recent months, my conversations with colleagues...

London Councils award £47m boost to improve digital infrastructure

09.10.18: London Councils has awarded £47m to fund major projects to improve digital infrastructure in the capital. The £46.83m comes from the business rates retention scheme currently being piloted in London and will fund eight projects...

Tees Valley signs off £5m fund for ‘metals industry of the future’ years after SSI closure

28.09.18: A £4.6m investment which will bring a revolutionary metals project to the north east has been signed off by the mayor of the Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA). The investment will allow for the development and manufacturing of spe...

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...

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Scandal-hit Conservative council elects Labour leader

16/10/2018Scandal-hit Conservative council elects Labour leader

Labour have managed to take control of a Conservative-led council following an “internal war” among the Tory councillors, with Labour... more >
Councils found more than £300m in fraud during 2017-18

16/10/2018Councils found more than £300m in fraud during 2017-18

UK councils detected or prevented a total of £302m in fraud in 2017-18, according to CIPFA. The organisation found that the number of ... more >
Former Westminster council pensions boss found guilty of £1m fraud

16/10/2018Former Westminster council pensions boss found guilty of £1m fraud

A former employee of Westminster City Council has been found guilty of stealing nearly £1m from the council pension fund. Ian Woodall,... 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 >
Scandal-hit Conservative council elects Labour leader

16/10/2018Scandal-hit Conservative council elects Labour leader

Labour have managed to take control of a Conservative-led council following an “internal war” among the Tory councillors, with Labour and the Liberal Democrats managing to form a mino... more >
Councils found more than £300m in fraud during 2017-18

16/10/2018Councils found more than £300m in fraud during 2017-18

UK councils detected or prevented a total of £302m in fraud in 2017-18, according to CIPFA. The organisation found that the number of fraud cases had increased compared to last year fr... more >

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What cities should become

15/10/2018What cities should become

Tom Leaver, project manager at Future Cities Catapult, examines the rationale behind the creation of the City Data Sharing Toolkit, and explores how this is driving a seismic shift in how cities evolve into our data-rich future. We’re used to big-screen sci-fi future cities being dystopian monoliths to everything wrong with the worl... more >
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Inspiring leadership in social value

15/10/2018Inspiring leadership in social value

We have learned a lot since the last National Social Value Conference, with many organisations both in the public and private sectors now embeddi... more >
Is fair funding possible, or pie in the sky?

15/10/2018Is fair funding possible, or pie in the sky?

David Phillips, associate director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, discusses the current health of local government finance, and how a bette... 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 >
The Convention of the North

15/10/2018The Convention of the North

Steve Rotheram, mayor of the Liverpool City Region, discusses the findings of the very first Convention of the North, which was held in Newcastle... more >

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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 >
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 >

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