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Local government finance settlement delay reactions: Brexit debate ‘has become a distraction’

06.12.18: Leaders in local government have been reacting harshly to the delay of the local government finance settlement announced yesterday afternoon. Contrary to what the government had promised, communities secretary James Brokenshire revealed tha...

Brexit ‘chaos’ has held back the north as government has ‘deprioritised’ the Northern Powerhouse

05.12.18: The Northern Powerhouse has been “deprioritised” by government, with Brexit “chaos” preventing the north of England from realising its full potential, a think tank has warned. The Institute of Public Policy Research...

Mayor of Tees Valley ploughs ahead with controversial airport buyout despite local council fightback

04.12.18: Mayor of the Tees Valley Combined Authority Ben Houchen has today announced a £40m deal to bring Durham Tees Valley Airport back into public ownership and a £45m investment to “dramatically overhaul” the two biggest...

Yorkshire LEPs approve merger plans to secure ‘bigger share of the prize’

23.11.18: Two local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) in Yorkshire have both approved merger proposals to create a combined Yorkshire LEP responsible for billions of business and infrastructure investment. The new organisation will be responsible for in...

Welsh councils welcome £13m budget boost for next year, but warn pressures are far from over

21.11.18: Councils have welcomed the additional local authority resources announced this week by the Welsh Government, which will raise the funding floor and provide another £13m for core services – but warned that “this remains a partic...

Major public-sector suppliers to draft ‘living wills’ as part of post-Carillion outsourcing approach

21.11.18: All major public services providers will have to draw up ‘living wills’ determining what would happen if they go bust as part of the government’s post-Carillion approach to outsourcing. Central government will begin piloti...

A force to be reckoned with

12.11.18: The South Bank plan, which refers to a number of investments and proposed activities across a massive plot of land south of the River Aire, is one of Europe’s largest city-centre regeneration initiatives. Cllr Judith Blake, leader of Leeds...

Oxfordshire council spends £1.7m on audit for work carried out by Carillion

09.11.18: Oxfordshire County Council has spent £1.7m on an audit report on the work carried out by Carillion, finding “a range of issues” and “major elements unsuitably executed.” The report shows that the county council...

East Sussex County Council announces core offer of services including staff redundancies risk

05.11.18: The financially-struggling East Sussex County Council has announced its ‘core offer’ of services today, including the possibility of staff redundancies as the authority looks to balance the books. The council document, signed by...

A two-speed England

05.11.18: Central government needs to change its approach to local transport planning and investment, including by consolidating funding and maximising devolution opportunities, argues Tom Thackray, the Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI&rsquo...

Social value in Greater Manchester: lessons learned

05.11.18: Peter Schofield, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) collaborative procurement programme manager, looks back at the region’s history of adopting social value policy and outlines what lessons his team has learned as a result. ...

Southend council sets out ambitious campaign for fourth Thames crossing and Crossrail extension

01.11.18:  Southend council have set out plans to campaign for an extension to Crossrail, a fourth river crossing east of the Lower Thames crossing, and a number of other infrastructure schemes in an ambitious five-year plan for the region. Sout...

‘This is no bonanza’ – public services will continue to be squeezed post-Budget, IFS warns

01.11.18: Economists at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) have warned that the Budget is “no bonanza,” and that public services “are going to feel squeezed for some time to come.” In its post-budget analysis, the think-ta...

Controversial PFI contracts abolished by Chancellor in Budget announcement

30.10.18: Controversial Public Finance Initiative (PFI) and PF2 contracts that led to the stalling of the construction of major hospitals in Liverpool and Birmingham have been abolished by the chancellor in yesterday’s Budget announcement. Spea...

Budget promises not enough to unlock rail and housing in Oxford-Cambridge Arc

30.10.18: Philip Hammond’s Budget promises will not be enough to deliver the one million homes planned for the Oxford-Cambridge Arc without intensive government efforts, warns the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC). In his Autumn Budget...

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Councils must set out rough sleeping strategies by 2019 or face government action, Brokenshire warns

10/12/2018Councils must set out rough sleeping strategies by 2019 or face government action, Brokenshire warns

All councils must publish detailed rough sleeping and homelessness strategies by winter 2019 or face government intervention if they fail to do s... more >
Council fined thousands after pleading guilty to ‘catastrophic’ disease outbreak

07/12/2018Council fined thousands after pleading guilty to ‘catastrophic’ disease outbreak

Tendring District Council has been fined £27,000 after the local authority pleaded guilty to a health and safety breach when an outbreak of... more >
High Court slams Herefordshire council for ‘woeful’ children’s care after failing children ‘on a serious and serial basis’

07/12/2018High Court slams Herefordshire council for ‘woeful’ children’s care after failing children ‘on a serious and serial basis’

Herefordshire council has apologised for failing children in two separate cases through its “woeful” children’s services after ... 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 >
Councils must set out rough sleeping strategies by 2019 or face government action, Brokenshire warns

10/12/2018Councils must set out rough sleeping strategies by 2019 or face government action, Brokenshire warns

All councils must publish detailed rough sleeping and homelessness strategies by winter 2019 or face government intervention if they fail to do so as part of the government’s new road-map t... more >
Council fined thousands after pleading guilty to ‘catastrophic’ disease outbreak

07/12/2018Council fined thousands after pleading guilty to ‘catastrophic’ disease outbreak

Tendring District Council has been fined £27,000 after the local authority pleaded guilty to a health and safety breach when an outbreak of Legionnaires disease left a man fighting for his ... more >

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New framework addresses the importance of digital transformation for the public sector

04/12/2018New framework addresses the importance of digital transformation for the public sector

Ryan Reed, head of public sector sales at Swiss Post Solution (SPS), reveals the new ESPO 390 framework, which can help address the need for digital transformation across the public sector.  The administrative and financial burden of manual processes and physical records is taking its toll on across the public sector. The g... more >
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The digital buying community is live

12/11/2018The digital buying community is live

Many of the requirements from buyers posted on the Digital Marketplace were either non-compliant or poorly worded, which resulted in challenges f... more >
A force to be reckoned with

12/11/2018A force to be reckoned with

The South Bank plan, which refers to a number of investments and proposed activities across a massive plot of land south of the River Aire, is on... more >
Less for less: the risk of 'core offers'

12/11/2018Less for less: the risk of 'core offers'

As councils across England struggle with their finances in the face of massive cuts from central government, Simon Edwards, director of the Count... more >
Social value in Greater Manchester: lessons learned

05/11/2018Social value in Greater Manchester: lessons learned

Peter Schofield, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) collaborative procurement programme manager, looks back at the region’s histo... more >

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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 >
Cllr Cutts on dealing with children’s services pressures: ‘I can’t magic money out of the air’

26/09/2018Cllr Cutts on dealing with children’s services pressures: ‘I can’t magic money out of the air’

The leader of Nottinghamshire County Council has outlined her priorities for dealing with soaring demand of children’s services and social ... more >
Nottinghamshire considers unitary shake-up proposals in a bid to balance books

05/09/2018Nottinghamshire considers unitary shake-up proposals in a bid to balance books

Nottinghamshire County Council is considering proposals to scrap its current two-tier structure for a new unitary system in order to save on... more >

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