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Green start-ups to get £40m Clean Growth Fund boost

22.05.20: Start-up companies working on green solutions in the UK are set for a £40m jointly-funded pot to ‘supercharge’ the next generation of clean, low-carbon technologies. Announced yesterday (May 21) by Alok Sharma MP, The Clea...

Inquiry launched into energy efficiency of existing homes

19.05.20: The Environment Audit Committee launched a new inquiry yesterday (May 18) into the energy efficiency of existing homes. Around 29 million homes are considered to have the potential to improve their energy efficiency according to figures pub...

Green light for largest urban greening building in London

15.05.20: Plans were approved yesterday (May 14) for the first building in London to incorporate urban greening on such a large scale. The City of London Corporation’s Planning and Transportation Committee has approved the building on Fenchurch...

New energy consortium launched to help with net zero ambitions

13.05.20: The Carbon Trust and Imperial College London have joined forces to lead a new energy consortium project looking at how a flexible energy system can help reach net zero ambitions. The cross-sector consortium, launched yesterday (May 12), wil...

Council crackdown to see fines issued for car idling

12.05.20: Lambeth Council has announced it will start issuing fines to drivers who leave they engine running whilst stationary. A £20 fine has been introduced by the local authority to crack down on harmful car idling, as well as the launch of...

£2bn boost for cyclists and pedestrians

11.05.20: Transport Secretary Grant Shapps launched a set of greener, more active transport plans on Saturday (May 9) with plans to promote walking and cycling across the country. The £2bn investment forms part of the £5bn funding announc...

Major boost for Cheshire East Council on climate emergency

06.05.20: This week has seen Cheshire East Council agree its Carbon Neutral Action Plan and its first Environment Strategy, two huge steps in tackling the climate emergency. The Council’s first virtual meeting took place yesterday (May 5) in re...

£7m renewable energy scheme to go ahead in South Tyneside

24.04.20: A ground-breaking renewable energy scheme is set to emerge from abandoned coal mines in South Tyneside, cutting annual carbon dioxide emissions by hundreds of tonnes. This £7m system will take geothermal energy from flooded mines in t...

Extension to Climate Change scheme to save businesses up to £300m

17.04.20: The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have launched a consultation on the terms of extending the Climate Change Agreement scheme (CCA), which is set to save businesses up to £300m a year. The scheme work...

Council seeks local feedback on Smart Energy Scheme

17.04.20: Cambridge County Council has launched a local feedback initiative for its Babraham Park and Ride Smart Energy Scheme to further its vision of delivering net zero carbon emissions in the region by 2050. The council has invested £11m in...

Inquiry launched into technological innovations for climate change

09.04.20: The Environmental Audit Committee has launched an inquiry (Apr 6) into the role British innovation has to play in tackling climate change, with particular focus on offshore wind. Specific technology currently in use or in development will b...

Energy Efficient Homes - Housing Minister Christopher Pincher

07.04.20: Source: PSE Apr/May 20   The need for energy efficient homes In 2019, the Government became the first major global economy to sign a commitment to net-zero emissions into law. And this year the United Kingdom is hosting the U...

Hackney Council now using 100% renewable electricity

06.04.20: Hackney Council has announced that 100% of its electricity is now supplied by renewable sources. The change, which came into effect last week, is part of the council’s action plan to reduce carbon emissions and tackle climate change. ...

£20m tech fund to boost UK resilience following coronavirus

03.04.20: A funding package worth £20m has been announced by Government today (Apr 3) to help businesses boost the UK’s resilience to the long-term impact of coronavirus and similar future situations. Technology businesses will be able to...

Second round of £10m Urban Tree Challenge Fund open

30.03.20: Round of the Urban Tree Challenge Fund opens today (Mar 30), which enables local councils and community groups to apply for a share of £10m to fund tree planting in urban areas. Opened by the Forestry Commission, the aim of the fund i...

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Kirklees Council makes £250m Blueprint part of planning policy

27/05/2020Kirklees Council makes £250m Blueprint part of planning policy

Kirklees Council’s Cabinet gave the green light yesterday (May 26) for the £250m Huddersfield Blueprint to be part of planning policy... more >
Moving Forward Together: Bristol council housing set for transformation

27/05/2020Moving Forward Together: Bristol council housing set for transformation

Bristol Council has announced that a new project, with the potential to transform the lives of people living in council homes, will be discussed ... more >
Route announced for £1bn Highways England transformation

26/05/2020Route announced for £1bn Highways England transformation

Information has been announced (May 23) on the £1bn Infrastructure programme that will see the A66 upgraded as part of the Northern Trans-P... 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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Prevention: Investing for the future

Prevention: Investing for the future

Rob Whiteman, CEO at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance (CIPFA), discusses the benefits of long-term preventative investment. Rising demand, reducing resource – this has been th... more > more last word articles >
Kirklees Council makes £250m Blueprint part of planning policy

27/05/2020Kirklees Council makes £250m Blueprint part of planning policy

Kirklees Council’s Cabinet gave the green light yesterday (May 26) for the £250m Huddersfield Blueprint to be part of planning policy, following the extensive input of local people. &... more >
Moving Forward Together: Bristol council housing set for transformation

27/05/2020Moving Forward Together: Bristol council housing set for transformation

Bristol Council has announced that a new project, with the potential to transform the lives of people living in council homes, will be discussed by the Cabinet next month. The programme, Mov... more >

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What came first, the bad customer or the bad customer service?

17/03/2020What came first, the bad customer or the bad customer service?

Source: PSE Feb/March 20 Stephen Bahooshy, Senior Commissioning Manager and Nicky Selwyn, Carer and Service User Group Chair, Croydon Council.   Here it is, that age old question: What came first, the bad customer or the bad customer service? (Or maybe we just made that up, whatever). But it’s true though, right? We w... more >
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Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Being on the receiving end of some “thanks” can make communit... more >
How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

19/06/2019How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

Tom Chance, director at the National Community Land Trust Network, argues that community-led initiatives are a productive way of helping to solve... more >
Aberdeen's green transport fleet attracting international attention

19/06/2019Aberdeen's green transport fleet attracting international attention

Aberdeen City Council’s hydrogen spokesperson, councillor Philip Bell, highlights the Granite City’s determination to play a leading ... more >
A fifth of public sector workers have never received a thank you from the people they serve

13/06/2019A fifth of public sector workers have never received a thank you from the people they serve

A fifth of the country’s public sector workers say they have NEVER received a ‘thank you’ for doing their job as Public Service... more >

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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 >
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 >
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 >

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