Editor's Comment

21.02.17

Untapped potential

Source: PSE Feb/Mar 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”. 

Overall, the strategy was welcomed across the public sector. However, as you’ll read throughout this edition of the magazine, in order to make the aspirations a reality, there needs to be a greater level of freedom for all councils from the centralised funding regime that we’ve grown accustomed to. 

Malcom Harbour CBE, the chair of the LGA’s Task and Finish Group on innovative procurement, reflects on page 37 how the strategy provides an opportunity for local government to back the extension of procurement innovation support more widely across the public sector. Cllr Anne Western, the County Councils Network’s spokeswoman for economic growth, also considers the need to tap into the potential of local authorities to deliver increased productivity (more on page 18). 

As well as focusing on the Industrial Strategy, we look at what lessons England’s new metro mayors can learn from London’s current and former mayors on page 19, and the Local Government Information Unit considers the next steps for devolution and how to get it back on track (more on page 23). 

As you have seen from the front cover, there is a focus on education technology and how this is transforming the learning environment for students up and down the country. We also have an exclusive TechData supplement looking at the most effective ways to improve IT & digital efficiency in the public sector. This includes a competition to win a great bundle of prizes, so make sure you have a look at it. 

Following on from our Smart Cities focus in the Dec/Jan edition, we have project updates from some of the leaders in this area, including Bristol, Manchester, Glasgow and Swansea. The long-term ambitions of all these schemes are truly revolutionary in how we, as a sector, develop and engage with our citizens going forward – especially by transforming the way we use technology as an innovation driver. 

Finally, the Carbon Trust’s managing director of programmes, Richard Rugg, considers the public sector sustainability priorities for 2017 (more on page 54). His comments come ahead of this year’s Carbon Trust Public Sector Conference, of which PSE is the official media partner. We will be reporting live from this year’s event and will provide a round-up of all the major news in the April/May issue.

David Stevenson

Editor

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

public sector executive tv

more videos >

latest public sector news

Government must encourage council scrutiny ‘culture change’

15/12/2017Government must encourage council scrutiny ‘culture change’

The government has to encourage a culture change within local councils in order to improve the quality of overview and scrutiny plans. The C... more >
London council to cut sick pay in cash-saving bid

15/12/2017London council to cut sick pay in cash-saving bid

A London council has proposed to stop paying sick pay for the first three days in a bid to save money. The GMB has called Hillingdon Council&rsq... more >
Burnham announces major 2018 GMCA transport overhaul

14/12/2017Burnham announces major 2018 GMCA transport overhaul

The mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has announced a major overhaul of the region’s transport network. Burnham said problems... more >

comment

Introducing the Facilities Management Marketplace

14/12/2017Introducing the Facilities Management Marketplace

The new Facilities Management (FM) Marketplace will be an opportunity to streamline the process of buying key services whilst propping up new ent... more >
Meet Pepper, the social care robot

14/12/2017Meet Pepper, the social care robot

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has become the country’s first local authority to fully exploit the benefits of robotics in social care by ... more >
Quality, not quantity, is what matters

14/12/2017Quality, not quantity, is what matters

Luke Sibieta, research fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Education Policy Institute, takes a look at the impact of the apprentic... more >
NCSC: A new and adventurous agenda

11/12/2017NCSC: A new and adventurous agenda

Ciaran Martin, chief executive of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), reflects on the lessons learned during the first year of the governm... 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

Are we taking a risk on education?

14/12/2017Are we taking a risk on education?

Adrian Prandle, director of economic strategy and negotiations at the National Education Union (NEU), questions the stark lack of announcements a... more >
A fantastic opportunity awaits you

11/12/2017A fantastic opportunity awaits you

Eight months on from the government’s announcement of major training reforms, Anne Milton, minister for apprenticeships and skills at the D... more >
This is Manchester, we do things differently here

10/12/2017This is Manchester, we do things differently here

Joanne Roney OBE, chief executive of Manchester City Council, speaks to PSE’s Luana Salles about the region’s pioneering plans f... more >
Andy Burnham: the crisis unfolding in front of our eyes

10/12/2017Andy Burnham: the crisis unfolding in front of our eyes

With homelessness on the rise across the country, politicians in central and local government are desperately looking for new solutions. Andy Bur... more >

public sector focus

Driving inclusive growth in the West Midlands

14/12/2017Driving inclusive growth in the West Midlands

PSE’s Josh Mines reports from the Socia... more >
The King’s Fund Annual Conference 2017: looking to the future

14/12/2017The King’s Fund Annual Conference 2017: looking to the future

PSE’s Seamus McDonnell reports from the... more >
Dorset council merger strengthened as authority withdraws opposition

14/12/2017Dorset council merger strengthened as authority withdraws opposition

Purbeck District Council is to withdraw its opposition to the reorganisation of Dorset’s councils. This week the council has agreed to write to Sajid Javid, communities and local governmen... more >
Staffordshire council CEO suspended following general election controversy

28/11/2017Staffordshire council CEO suspended following general election controversy

Two officers from Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council have been suspended following the results of a review into almost 1,500 people who were unable to vote in the general election. The con... more >

the raven's daily blog

Whole of government must act together to fulfil the ambition of the Industrial Strategy

11/12/2017Whole of government must act together to fulfil the ambition of the Industrial Strategy

Jen Rae, head of innovation policy at Nesta, says the aims in the government’s new Industrial Strategy are ambitious, but will require a shift in policymaking in order to be realised in full. Last Monday saw the long-awaited launch of the UK’s new Industrial Strategy, the government’s plan for prosperity and growth in a ... more >
read more blog posts from 'the raven' >