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Untapped potential

21.02.17: As PSE went to press, the government had just released its Industrial Strategy green paper, which has an ambitious aim to “improve living standards and economic growth by increasing productivity and driving growth across the whole country&...

No early Christmas presents

20.12.16: As the chancellor stood at the despatch box in late November, the public sector waited with bated breath at what support would be given to those that are working under extreme pressure. Unfortunately, but not unexpectedly, Philip Hammond didn&rs...

Clarity still needed on direction of travel

19.10.16: As the party conference season came to a close, the sector still wasn’t any clearer on the direction of travel for devolution and local government reform.  Instead, like last year, it appears that the chancellor’s Autumn St...

A new wave of uncertainty

19.08.16: Since the last edition of PSE, the landscape facing the public sector has altered dramatically and brought with it a great deal of uncertainty – as if there wasn’t enough of that before.  Following the UK’s vote to le...

Devolution: we are where we are

01.06.16: Despite the process for English devolution being criticised as ‘piecemeal’ and lacking ‘clear objectives’, we are now starting to see the transfer of some powers and budgetary control from Whitehall to Town Halls.  ...

Weather warning

01.02.16: This edition of PSE goes to press just as Storm Imogen begins to subside. This latest barrage of winter weather caused yet more disruption to transport and power networks, but thankfully less permanent damage than earlier storms in late 2015 and...

Public notice

01.12.15: As PSE was going to press, we were still awaiting the local government financial settlement. This has rarely made for happy reading in recent years.  With the number of rabbits-pulled-out-of-hats that George Osborne managed in the Spen...

Money and power

13.10.15: Our front cover photograph gets across well some of the key themes we’re covering in this edition, showing as it does protesters marching past Manchester Town Hall – austerity, devolution and public service reform. The marchers...

Power levels

19.08.15: PSE has long been supportive of the ‘Keep it Local’ campaign, run by Locality – the membership body for community organisations. The thrust of the campaign is that some ‘common sense’ ideas actually have pernicious...

A new start, a fresh outlook

01.02.15: As you will have seen, Public Sector Executive has undergone an extensive redesign to improve the look and feel of the magazine, to signpost readers to our articles more easily and to make our content as attractive and engaging as possible. ...

Trust in town halls

13.12.14: George Osborne said something interesting during his Autumn Statement. “Six months ago people would have said it was completely impossible to get the 10 local authorities of Greater Manchester to come together with the government to agree...

Where the buck stops

12.10.14: Professor Alexis Jay’s report into the abuse in Rotherham grabbed the national headlines and forced a number of high-profile resignations. It’s also prompted a flurry of new inquiries and investigations, all aimed at finding out just...

Stones still unturned

01.08.14: England’s ‘Core Cities’ are becoming increasingly confident and aggressive in their calls for more powers, freedoms and budgetary control. Government rhetoric has long been on their side, and indeed as PSE was going to press th...

Beyond buzzwords

26.06.14: At the most recent meeting of PSE’s editorial board, when the discussion turned to ‘transformation’, one member remarked how fed up they are with that word and how it’s impossible to get away from. There’s some t...

Time for action

16.04.14: How are local authorities responding to poverty, hunger and inequality in their communities? More and more of them are choosing to fund food banks, while 15 have joined a network of like-minded boroughs to tackle social exclusion and improve peo...

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21/02/2017Untapped potential

As PSE went to press, the government had just released its Industrial Strategy green paper, which has an ambitious aim to “improve living standards and economic growth by increasing productivity and driving growth across the whole country”.  Overall, the strategy was welcomed across the public sector. However, as you&rsqu... read more >

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