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Northamptonshire County Council slashes deficit by £10m, but services in ‘significant decline’

13.11.18: Savings made by the financially-challenged Northamptonshire County Council have reduced the local authority’s overall deficit by more than £10m since a section 114 notice was issued to the council in July this year. Council boar...

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

26.09.18: The leader of Nottinghamshire County Council has outlined her priorities for dealing with soaring demand of children’s services and social care around the country, arguing that she cannot “magic money out of the air.” In a...

Mass children’s centre closures proposed for Norfolk County Council

18.09.18: A massive 46 out of 53 children’s centres could close under plans announced by Norfolk County Council in a bid to balance the books. Norfolk— who in July took an extra year to deliver savings to be “more realistic”&m...

Dorset council merger has ‘inhibited’ Bournemouth services improvements, Ofsted says

03.09.18: The upcoming merger that will abolish the existing nine current district Dorset councils and replace them with two unitary authorities has “inhibited” Bournemouth’s ability to deliver improvements to children’s services...

Commissioner to consider government takeover of ‘failing’ Wakefield Council services

22.08.18: The government has appointed a commissioner to review whether Wakefield Council should lose control of its children’s services after Ofsted inspectors found that they were inadequate across the board. In a statutory direction issued t...

School cuts coalition blasts education secretary over ‘dangerously inadequate’ SEND funding

18.06.18: Almost 40 local councils alongside trade unions have condemned the education secretary for insufficient funding for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). The School Cuts Coalition, a collective of major trade...

Hinds pledges £730m to create new school places

05.06.18: Councils are set to receive £730m to fund new school places, education secretary Damian Hinds has announced. Included in this is £630m of basic needs allocations to create the places needed by September 2021. The plans form part...

Special educational needs funding needs to be more than ‘one-off cash injection’, councillors warn

29.05.18: Children with special educational needs require “significant, on-going and sustainable” funding building on from the government’s £50m pledge announced today, councillors have warned. The Conservatives announced the...

Government pledges £30m to support the nation’s youth across 10 projects

08.05.18: Ten projects across England have been granted investment as part of the Life Chances Fund which focuses on helping and encouraging the younger generation into employment. As part of an £83m project that provides young disadvantaged ch...

‘Neglected majority’ of young people are ‘badly let down’ by education system

27.04.18: A major funding boost is needed to get T levels off the ground, according to a report published today. According to the Resolution Foundation’s report ‘Technical Fault’, the proportion of people earning a degree by their late...

Govt risks wasting £600m of apprenticeship cash on ‘rebadged’ training courses

17.04.18: The introduction of the levy around this time last year has actually diminished the quality of apprenticeships, with the government now running the risk of dishing out £600m on courses that are incorrectly labelled as apprenticeships, Reform...

Councils need powers to crack down on bad home-schooling, says LGA

11.04.18: Councils should have the powers and funding to enter the premises of home-schooled children to ensure they are being taught in suitable conditions, the LGA has argued. The recommendation follows news that the Department for Education (DfE)...

How apprenticeships work

04.04.18: With a higher number and higher quality of apprenticeships on offer than ever before, 2018 is set to be a monumental year for training. Sue Husband, director of the National Apprenticeship Service, explains how apprenticeships are helping more p...

Over a quarter of secondary schools in deficit

16.03.18: The proportion of local authority maintained secondary schools in deficit has nearly trebled in four years, a new report has revealed. ‘School funding pressures in England,’ published today by the Education Policy Institute, found t...

LGO upholds 80% of Education and Health Care Plan complaints

07.03.18: Eight out of 10 complaints about Education and Health Care Plans (EHCP) investigated by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) are upheld, Michael King has revealed. Speaking at a conference yesterday, King said that out of nearly...

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South Tyneside Council could be lumped with £7.6m PFI bill if closure of ‘inadequate’ school goes ahead

16/11/2018South Tyneside Council could be lumped with £7.6m PFI bill if closure of ‘inadequate’ school goes ahead

A South Shields council could be burdened with a massive £7.6m PFI bill if a poorly-rated secondary school in the area is forced to close, ... more >
Council to axe finance director as part of bid to plug £35m budget shortfall

16/11/2018Council to axe finance director as part of bid to plug £35m budget shortfall

Staffordshire County Council is to cut its own senior leadership team as the authority tries to tackle a £35m funding gap in its budget. ... more >
Cumbria council mulls over plans for major ‘one-stop-shop’ local government reshuffle

16/11/2018Cumbria council mulls over plans for major ‘one-stop-shop’ local government reshuffle

Council members at Cumbria County Council debated yesterday the possibility of abolishing their current local government structure in favour of a... 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

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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 >
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Social value in public procurement

12/11/2018Social value in public procurement

Rose Lasko-Skinner, researcher at Reform, is currently working on a paper looking at choice and competition in the public sector and has written on how failure to understand risk makes for poor procurement practices. Here, she discusses the importance of social value. The “state of crisis” declared in HM Prison Birmingham in A... 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 >
A two-speed England

05/11/2018A two-speed England

Central government needs to change its approach to local transport planning and investment, including by consolidating funding and maximising dev... 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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