Editor's Comment

25.10.17

Take 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 feeling of imminent change than the article James Palmer, mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, has penned for us on p28. In it, he highlights the region’s opportunity to do things differently in order to achieve its true economic potential. While this is certainly true for Cambridgeshire, it goes without saying that this is a sentiment that runs through the entire public sector landscape as well.

As PSE’s new editor, I intend to echo that sentiment far and wide across each and every edition we publish, celebrating the successes that organisations have already achieved whilst describing the rather exciting challenges that still lie ahead.

A perfect example of this is what councils have been doing to tackle energy efficiency. Liverpool has set up its own energy company to tackle fuel poverty (p38); Nottingham has adopted the Energiesprong approach to improve the efficiency of older homes (p68); and Ceredigion has maximised the delivery of energy funding for homes  (p44). For the local authorities that haven’t yet made great strides in their green journeys, APSE offers some invaluable insight on p32.

The same successes have been observed across government’s digital environment. On p59, Catherine Bright from Smarter Digital Services talks us through a partnership of 12 councils that is funding an independent consultancy to help them achieve their tech ambitions. In the same vein, Norfolk County Council reveals why it has created its own Digital Innovation and Efficiency Committee on p55.

While some parts of the public sector still rely heavily on extra funding in order to unlock similar achievements – health and social care comes to mind, as ADASS president Margaret Willcox explains on p62 – there is plenty of best practice to take away from this edition of PSE. And even in the health and care sphere, there is a lot that can be accomplished by working in partnership while we eagerly await the chancellor’s Budget in November – at least according to David Pearson on p60.

I hope you enjoy this vibrant edition of the magazine, and I’ll see you all on the other side – post-Budget, that is – later this year.

Luana Salles

Editor

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

public sector executive tv

more videos >

latest public sector news

Council forced to apologise after telling ‘intimidating’ football fans they were unwelcome

16/08/2018Council forced to apologise after telling ‘intimidating’ football fans they were unwelcome

A Lancashire council has apologised after sending a letter that stated football fans “will no longer be welcome” in the town centre f... more >
Northamptonshire to sell education centre ahead of plans for unitary council shake-up

16/08/2018Northamptonshire to sell education centre ahead of plans for unitary council shake-up

Northamptonshire County Council’s cabinet has agreed to sell its Longtown Outdoor Education Centre in an attempt to tackle a £70m bud... more >
Council halts non-urgent spending in bid to tackle ‘significant financial challenges’

16/08/2018Council halts non-urgent spending in bid to tackle ‘significant financial challenges’

Torbay Council has announced an immediate moratorium on spending as it tries to deal with financial trouble and a predicted £2.8m overspend... more >

comment

A new era of opportunity for the north

13/08/2018A new era of opportunity for the north

It’s time to stop seeing transport investment as a nice-to-have: it’s a cut-through catalyst for growth in sectors across the north. ... more >
Council mergers: little gain, less democratic

13/08/2018Council mergers: little gain, less democratic

Dr Linze Schaap, associate professor at the Tilburg Centre for Regional Law and Governance, and Dr Niels Karsten, assistant professor at the Tilb... more >
Creating a council cloud-first approach

13/08/2018Creating a council cloud-first approach

Georgina Maratheftis, programme manager for local government at techUK, makes the case for wider adoption of cloud technology by local authoritie... more >
The strength of districts

13/08/2018The strength of districts

Cllr Isobel Darby, member lead for quality of life at the District Councils’ Network (DCN) and leader of Chiltern District Council, shares ... more >

editor's comment

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 >

last word

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 >

interviews

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 >
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 >
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 >

public sector focus

Understanding the apprenticeship levy

13/08/2018Understanding the apprenticeship levy

YPO has launched the first national apprentices... more >
LGO upholds 60% of investigations against councils

12/07/2018LGO upholds 60% of investigations against councils

Article by Callum Wood of Public Sector Magaz... more >
Fight against Dorset merger ends as Christchurch council accepts defeat

14/08/2018Fight against Dorset merger ends as Christchurch council accepts defeat

Christchurch Borough Council has agreed not to take its legal fight to the Court of Appeal following the refusal of its Judicial Review application, with leader Cllr David Flagg apologising for t... more >
At-risk Leicestershire councils team up to evaluate ‘rushed’ merger plans

30/07/2018At-risk Leicestershire councils team up to evaluate ‘rushed’ merger plans

District and borough authorities at risk of being axed due a potential merger into a unitary authority have declared that they will adopt a “collaborative approach” for the future of ... more >

the raven's daily blog

Don’t horse around! Council finds new home for house-bound pony

13/08/2018Don’t horse around! Council finds new home for house-bound pony

A council that took four years in a legal wrangle to remove a pony from an Isle of Lewis house may have found the four-legged beast a new home. Western Isles council removed Grey Lady Too – a Connemara pony that was taken into the home by pensioner Stephanie Noble on Christmas Eve in 2011 – from its residence in 2014 because i... more >
read more blog posts from 'the raven' >