SEND funding cut by more than £1bn as nine in 10 councils hit ‘massive funding shortfall’

16.04.19: Councils have seen a £1.2bn drop in real-terms funding for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) over the last four years as the Nation Education Union (NEU) warns that local authorities have reached “crisis...

Councils paying for thousands of children in ‘illegal schools’, Ofsted says

12.04.19: Ofsted has warned that local authorities are providing funding for children’s education in unregulated settings, after finding 6,000 children to date receiving education in suspected illegal schools. The education inspectorate has cal...

Councils to press housing developers to pay for new schools under DfE guidance

11.04.19: The government has published new guidance for councils to encourage housing developers to fund the new schools created by their developments. The Department for Education has published the new advice setting out how local authorities can be...

Children’s commissioner ‘extremely concerned’ over council spending on mental health services and postcode lottery

10.04.19: A postcode funding lottery and “extremely worrying” real-term reductions are facing the increasing number of children suffering from low-level mental health conditions, a major report from the Children's Commissioner for England has...

‘New era’ for EdTech as DfE launches new £10m strategy

03.04.19: The government has launched a new £10m strategy to support leading tech companies to work with schools and colleges in a “new era” for EdTech. Education secretary Damian Hinds wants the use of technology in education to he...

Rotherham council finally free of government intervention after restoring ‘moral compass’

28.03.19: The government has confirmed its intervention at Rotherham council will formally end this weekend after it had “transformed from a failing authority to one that is reinvigorated and fully autonomous.” Central government took ove...

Local government ombudsman slams Surrey County Council for delaying disabled boy’s education by 15 months

28.03.19: Surrey County Council and its under-fire special needs services has been criticised by the local government ombudsman after it took 15 months too long to provide a disabled boy with adequate education. The boy, who has “significant sp...

Care leaders ‘neglected their duties’ to children as Ofsted finds serious social care failures at Newham Council

28.03.19: Vulnerable children in Newham are being put at risk by “serious failures” in social services and care leaders who have “neglected their duties” to children, a damning Ofsted report has found. Inspectors reported a &l...

DfE commissions Essex CC to review Blackpool Council’s ‘inadequate’ children’s services

27.03.19: Essex County Council is to lead a review investigating Blackpool Council’s inadequately-rated children’s social care services and determine whether or not the authority should lose its control over the services. In January, an O...

Wiltshire Council withdraws £20m plans to close special schools and reopens consultation

26.03.19: Wiltshire Council has announced it is extending its consultation on controversial plans to restructure its special education services and has withdrawn its decision to close three special schools. A group of families in Wiltshire had taken...

Council to pull out of government schools improvement body over rising costs and ‘major concerns’ over poor management

22.03.19: A Welsh council is to pull out of a government-run schools improvement scheme over concerns about how it is run and fears that the quadrupling of costs could threaten jobs at the local authority. Neath Port Talbot Council will, subject to a...

Northamptonshire CC to ask for DfE for more time over controversial early years funding cuts

20.03.19: Northamptonshire County Council is to ask the government for extra time to find a solution to its early years funding deficit after proposals for nearly £2m of cuts faced a backlash from residents. The cash-strapped council had propos...

Families lose High Court battle against Surrey County Council over £21m special needs reduction

19.03.19: Families of children with special educational needs have lost a High Court challenge against Surrey County Council over its plans to reduce its special educations budget by £21m. As part of £82m of savings in its 2019-20 budget...

Stoke-on-Trent council’s ‘inadequate’ children services slammed by Ofsted in ‘outrageous dereliction of duty’

19.03.19: Vulnerable children are “not being protected” by Stoke-on-Trent City Council and are being failed by its “inadequate” services, Ofsted has found. An inspection of the children’s services in Stoke found that chi...

‘Betrayed’ foster carers of Parsons Green bomber sue Surrey council

08.03.19: The foster parents of the Parson Green bomber are suing Surrey County Council for negligence after the authority placed him in their home without telling them he had been “trained to kill by ISIS.” Ahmed Hassan was sentenced to...

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15/04/2019Self-build builds potential for more and better homes

The director of The Right to Build Task Force – which advises stakeholders on bringing on more custom and self-build homes – Mario Wolf, who is currently on secondment from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, discusses challenges the public sector needs to engage with to deliver housing supply growth. In... more >
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Connecting the North East

15/04/2019Connecting the North East

Cabinet member for economic regeneration at Northumberland County Council Richard Wearmouth outlines the plans to reintroduce passenger services ... more >
What about social care?

15/04/2019What about social care?

Glen Garrod, president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), outlines the challenges facing the social care workforce... more >
How public sector IT can exploit the last 'big things'

15/04/2019How public sector IT can exploit the last 'big things'

Martin Ferguson, director of policy and research at Socitm, outlines the technology-related trends to look out for in the public sector throughou... more >
Brexit's systemic fallout

15/04/2019Brexit's systemic fallout

The third in a trilogy of Brexit articles for PSE, Chris Painter, Professor Emeritus at Birmingham City University, considers the wider constitut... more >


Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

17/12/2018Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

One of the public sector’s key technology partners has recently welcomed a new member to its team. Matt Spencer, O2’s head of public ... more >
Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

17/12/2018Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

It’s no secret that the public sector and its service providers need to invest in technology to help make better use of their resources. Bu... more >
New Dorset Councils CEO on the creation of a new unitary: ‘This is going to be the right decision for Dorset’

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Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

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