Energy Efficiency and Sustainability

Driving forward a healthier Scotland

10.11.17: Dundee City Council is leading the way in boosting electric vehicle (EV) uptake in Scotland, writes Rebecca Wallace from the local authority’s fleet team. Dundee is in the midst of an exciting new development in the city. In Augu...

Energy efficiency retrofit in Ceredigion

10.11.17: Ceredigion County Council’s energy efficiency project manager, Graeme Lane, offers an insight into maximising the delivery of energy efficiency funding for homes in the region. Identifying an area in need is the first step to qualific...

Authority pension schemes invested £16bn in fossil fuels in 2017

09.11.17: In the past year UK council pension schemes have invested over £16bn on fossil fuels, an increase of £23.5bn since 2015. Despite pressure from sustainability groups and the public the figure is similar to 2016 and represents aro...

The Energiesprong approach

06.11.17: Jane Lumb, head of energy and sustainability policy at Nottingham City Council, discusses a new housing procurement approach being trialled in the region to radically improve the energy efficiency of older homes. There is little doubt that...

Delivering an integrated housing market

06.11.17: Cambridgeshire is one of a small number of local authorities leading the way with the development and delivery of an integrated energy strategy, write Sheryl French and Cherie Gregoire from the county council. Cambridgeshire council’s...

Harnessing your energy potential

06.11.17: Vicky Kingston, strategic director for energy at Local Partnerships, a joint venture between the Treasury and the LGA, considers the role that councils can play in the success and future expansion of the energy sector. Local authorities pla...

People power

01.11.17: Helen Andrews Tipper, senior manager of cities and regions at the Carbon Trust, on why clean energy infrastructure needs better citizen engagement. There are currently more questions than answers about the future of our energy system, but o...

LECCY: Competing with the Big Six

01.11.17: In May, Liverpool City Council launched a new not-for-profit energy company to tackle fuel poverty in the region. Here, its cabinet member for neighbourhoods, Cllr Steve Munby, explains why. Fuel poverty has always been an issue in Liverpoo...

Councils could save over £200m a year by switching to LED streetlights

30.10.17: A mass switch to LED streetlights could save councils across the UK over £200m a year, climate charity 10:10 Climate Action has claimed. The charity is urging councils to make the change, saying that this would reduce carbon emissions by...

Scotland government takes ‘decisive action’ to ban fracking

04.10.17: The Scottish Government has announced an effective ban on fracking following “overwhelming public support.” The announcement that the Scottish Government will not support the development of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland...

Ombudsman scolds LG for ‘washing hands’ of waste collection services

23.08.17: The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) has today issued a stark warning to councils that too often they are dealing with waste collection complaints in the wrong way. In a new report ‘Lifting the lid on bin complaints&rs...

Sheffield wins High Court battle to stop campaigners protesting tree felling

17.08.17: Sheffield City Council (SCC) has this week won a High Court battle granting it an injunction to stop campaigners trespassing on its land in protest of it felling trees. The authority had been locked in a court battle with campaigners, inclu...

Helping reduce energy costs

16.08.17: Joseph Ernst-Herman, director of utilities and fuels at the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), discusses the launch of the new Demand Side Response (DSR) framework to help the public sector reduce energy costs. With public sector organisations...

Dundee green-lights new EV charging hub as part of ‘quiet revolution’

11.08.17: Dundee City Council has officially given the green light to plans that will see an electric vehicle (EV) charging hub built in a currently vacant yard at the centre of town. The package, part of a £1.86m award granted to the city by t...

London councils called to bid for £86m neighbourhood transformation fund

31.07.17: A new £85.9m fund has today been announced by mayor of London Sadiq Khan designed to improve and transform town centres and neighbourhoods across the capital. Called the New Liveable Neighbourhoods programme, it focuses particularly o...

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Sheffield City Region announces major housing pilot

23/11/2017Sheffield City Region announces major housing pilot

Sheffield City Region (SCR) will begin to assess applications for new housing schemes as part of an £8m pilot project across the area. ... more >
London council to launch ‘ethical debt collection’ for residents

23/11/2017London council to launch ‘ethical debt collection’ for residents

Hammersmith and Fulham Council (H & F) have launched “ethical debt collections” service in a bid to reduce costs to residents. ... more >
Council told to reimburse Suffolk woman charged for care she never received

23/11/2017Council told to reimburse Suffolk woman charged for care she never received

Suffolk County Council has been hit by criticism from the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) after a woman was wrongly charged for ... 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

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 >
Second devo deal for West Midlands approved as more finally on the way

22/11/2017Second devo deal for West Midlands approved as more finally on the way

The government has agreed a second devolution deal “in principle” with the West Midlands mayor and combined authority to address local productivity barriers, and has also committed to... more >
Counties slam ‘secret and underhand’ city council boundary takeover plot

17/11/2017Counties slam ‘secret and underhand’ city council boundary takeover plot

Nottingham and Derby city councils have been accused of “secret and underhand” plans to expand their boundaries without proper consultation with residents or other authorities. The c... more >

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City-centric, deeply disappointing and a nightmare – criticisms pile against the Budget

22/11/2017City-centric, deeply disappointing and a nightmare – criticisms pile against the Budget

It’s been a busy day in the PSE office. Philip Hammond’s Autumn Budget included a number of interesting announcements, ranging from new devolution deals and housing measures to changes to business rates. This year’s Statement was described well by Lord Bob Kerslake, who said it had been a “mixed bag” for hous... more >
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Driving forward a healthier Scotland

10/11/2017Driving forward a healthier Scotland

Dundee City Council is leading the way in boosting electric vehicle (EV) uptake in Scotland, writes Rebecca Wallace from the local authority&rsqu... more >
A smarter approach to digital transformation

10/11/2017A smarter approach to digital transformation

Catherine Bright, Smarter Digital Services (SDS) manager, explains how a partnership of 12 councils across Kent and Surrey are jointly funding a ... more >
Delivering on estates

10/11/2017Delivering on estates

Sam Ulyatt, strategic category commercial director at the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), on how a new framework can help public sector organisat... more >
Open for business

10/11/2017Open for business

Clare Moore, senior specialist of valuation and disposals at the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), explains how public sector bodies looking to... more >

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‘The HSCN is the realisation of industry best practice’

30/06/2017‘The HSCN is the realisation of industry best practice’

Keith Smith, public sector business development manager at Virgin Media Business, tells PSE’s Luana Salles that health and social care orga... more >
HSCN: The enabler for a more joined-up public sector

26/06/2017HSCN: The enabler for a more joined-up public sector

Mark Hall, Chief Assurance Officer at Redcentric, discusses NHS Digital’s project, the new Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) and what b... more >
Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

25/04/2017Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

Ahead of this year’s mayoral elections, Lord Kerslake, the former head of the Civil Service, tells PSE’s David Stevenson why the argu... more >
New social care funding misses the point

13/04/2017New social care funding misses the point

Clive Betts MP, chair of the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee, reflects on the social care funding released in this year’s ... more >

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