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‘Enough is enough’: Powys County Council speaks out against cuts and demands fair deal from government

18.02.19: A Welsh authority set to increase its council tax by nearly 10% has publicly spoken out about the unfair funding formula for councils, and has urged the first minister to enter talks to deliver “a fair deal.” Powys County Counci...

Newcastle's 'twin cities'

18.02.19: Climate change is forcing cities to approach emergency situations differently – and Newcastle University, in partnership with Northumbrian Water, are looking at innovative methods to predict how a city will react in the future. Leading min...

Dundee ‘sick to the teeth with austerity’ as council propose multi-million cuts to staff and services

13.02.19: Dundee City Council has put forward proposals to save £9m a year from its budget with plans to axe principal teachers in secondary schools and introduce new charges. With the council facing a budget blackhole of £19m prior to th...

‘Novel’ One Yorkshire devolution deal rejected by government

13.02.19: Proposals for a One Yorkshire devolution deal handing powers and funding to the region has been rejected by the government. The One Yorkshire proposals were submitted to the government last year with the backing of 18 out of the 20 region&r...

Leeds council proposes £85m investment in 10,000 new homes for the city centre

07.02.19: A proposed £85m investment in bringing 10,000 new homes to Leeds city centre is set to be discussed by councillors. Leeds City Council intends to submit a bid for the government’s housing infrastructure fund (HIF) for £85m...

Interserve reaches rescue deal with lenders

06.02.19: One of the largest providers of public services in the UK Interserve has unveiled an emergency rescue deal which will see its debt slashed by more than £300m. Its deleveraging plan is expected to reduce Interserve’s debt from &p...

Brokenshire orders government intervention at two councils over ‘consistent failures’ to publish local housing plans

05.02.19: Wirral Council and Thanet District Council are to face government intervention after James Brokenshire wrote to the authorities regarding their “lamentable” failure to draw up a local housing plan. All of England’s 338 pla...

Masterplan for £70bn transport overhaul in the north unveiled

31.01.19: A £70bn masterplan to overhaul transport infrastructure in the north has been unveiled and will cut journey times between major northern cities in half, potentially bringing £100bn to the northern economy and hundreds of thousands of...

Northumberland proposes £25m in cuts and council tax hike, but promises over half a billion in capital investment

30.01.19: Proposals for £25m worth of cuts, higher taxes, and £589m in capital spending have been put forward by Northumberland County Council in its detailed budget for 2019-20 and its medium-term financial plan for the next three years. ...

Local authorities forced to cut council tax support sees surge in unpaid tax bills

29.01.19: Around 90% of English councils have been forced cut council tax support for working age claimants, meaning many low-income households have fallen behind with their council tax bills, according to new research. A report by the Institute for...

Brokenshire reveals councils to receive £56.5m for Brexit preparations

29.01.19: Local authorities in England will receive £56.5m in order to help their preparations for Brexit after James Brokenshire announced an additional £21.5m to be given to councils in 2019. The communities secretary said the extra mon...

Liverpool mayor calls for council funding review as report reveals austerity cuts are ‘singling-out’ northern cities

28.01.19: Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson has called for an urgent local government funding review after a new report revealed that austerity cuts have “hit hardest” in councils and communities in the north. Centre for Cities’ annual r...

Flagship £400m leisure centre development for Brighton and Hove council hangs in the balance over Brexit uncertainty

25.01.19: Brighton and Hove City Council has been told its flagship £400m leisure centre development project cannot go ahead because of the chaos caused by Brexit and the absence of a deal agreed by government. Hours before councillors were due...

Tees Valley votes in favour of mayor Houchen’s airport purchase as £588m investment plan approved

24.01.19: The five local authority leaders in Tees Valley and mayor Ben Houchen have officially approved a £588m investment plan for the region, giving the go-ahead for Houchen’s bid to bring its local airport back into public ownership. ...

All five Tees Valley councils to support mayor Houchen’s airport takeover plan despite being combined authority’s ‘single biggest risk’

22.01.19: All five Tees Valley councils have confirmed they are backing mayor Ben Houchen’s £40m plan to buy Durham Tees Valley Airport and bring it back under public ownership. The controversial deal to buy the airport using funds devolv...

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Amey looking to escape Birmingham roads contract with £200m divorce bill

19/02/2019Amey looking to escape Birmingham roads contract with £200m divorce bill

Amey could be set to pay more than £200m to free itself from a troubled 25-year PFI contract with Birmingham City Council to repair its roa... more >
‘Bitterly disappointed’ council votes to refer shake-up of Shropshire hospital services to health secretary

19/02/2019‘Bitterly disappointed’ council votes to refer shake-up of Shropshire hospital services to health secretary

Councillors at an emergency meeting at Telford and Wrekin Council have decided to refer the “harmful” and “fatally flawed&rdquo... more >
‘Dishonest and corrupt’ DWP worker jailed for £40k universal credit fraud

19/02/2019‘Dishonest and corrupt’ DWP worker jailed for £40k universal credit fraud

A Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) employee who paid herself more than £40,000 in universal credit payments has pleaded guilty to fra... 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 >
Amey looking to escape Birmingham roads contract with £200m divorce bill

19/02/2019Amey looking to escape Birmingham roads contract with £200m divorce bill

Amey could be set to pay more than £200m to free itself from a troubled 25-year PFI contract with Birmingham City Council to repair its roads following a five-year legal battle with the aut... more >
‘Bitterly disappointed’ council votes to refer shake-up of Shropshire hospital services to health secretary

19/02/2019‘Bitterly disappointed’ council votes to refer shake-up of Shropshire hospital services to health secretary

Councillors at an emergency meeting at Telford and Wrekin Council have decided to refer the “harmful” and “fatally flawed” plans to shake-up hospital services in Shropshir... more >

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Newcastle's 'twin cities'

18/02/2019Newcastle's 'twin cities'

Climate change is forcing cities to approach emergency situations differently – and Newcastle University, in partnership with Northumbrian Water, are looking at innovative methods to predict how a city will react in the future. Leading minds behind the project Chris Jones, Brett Cherry, and Professor Chris Kilsby tell more. Cities a... more >
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Acas and the people's powerhouse

18/02/2019Acas and the people's powerhouse

Ahead of her speaking slot at this year’s EvoNorth, Acas chief executive Susan Clews assesses the current climate of workplaces and what ma... more >
Chris Painter: May's failing Brexit project

18/02/2019Chris Painter: May's failing Brexit project

Chris Painter, professor emeritus at Birmingham City University, examines the reasons why prime minister Theresa May’s approach to Brexit h... more >
Creating powerful partnerships across the North

18/02/2019Creating powerful partnerships across the North

Colin Bell, business growth director at the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), talks about why partnership across the North is key to... more >
Bolton and Wigan's strategic ICT partnership: Crossing borders together

18/02/2019Bolton and Wigan's strategic ICT partnership: Crossing borders together

Alison Hughes, assistant director of strategic ICT partnership at Bolton & Wigan councils, explains how the two councils are collaboratively ... more >

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Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

17/12/2018Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

One of the public sector’s key technology partners has recently welcomed a new member to its team. Matt Spencer, O2’s head of public ... more >
Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

17/12/2018Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

It’s no secret that the public sector and its service providers need to invest in technology to help make better use of their resources. Bu... more >
New Dorset Councils CEO on the creation of a new unitary: ‘This is going to be the right decision for Dorset’

05/11/2018New Dorset Councils CEO on the creation of a new unitary: ‘This is going to be the right decision for Dorset’

The new chief executive of one of the new unitary authorities in Dorset has outlined his approach to culture and work with employees, arguing tha... 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 >

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