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East Devon District Council implements new method for increasing recycling

08.11.19: District households who have an Amazon virtual assistant can now ask Alexa about recycling thousands of domestic items and seek guidance on everything from checking when collections are, reporting missed collections and asking for new recycling...

Lincolnshire council sets 2050 net-zero carbon target

05.11.19: West Lindsey District Council, in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, has unanimously passed a motion to target becoming a net-zero carbon authority by 2050. Councillors moved to support the creation of a strategy on sustainability and climate chan...

£50m Woodland Carbon Guarantee scheme to encourage tree planting

04.11.19: The government have today announced plans to launch a £50 million scheme to help the fight against climate change by boosting tree-planting rates. The new Woodland Carbon Guarantee will inspire farmers and landowners to plant more tre...

Two competitions established to help achieve decarbonisation of UK industry

31.10.19: The government is urging businesses to take part in two competitions aiming to help achieve net zero emissions by 2050 and establish the world’s first net zero industrial cluster by 2040. Around a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissio...

Bristol City Council’s cabinet to consider air quality improvement plan

29.10.19: Proposals to Bristol City Council’s cabinet suggest a small area diesel ban for all privately-owned vehicles and a penalty for non-compliant commercial vehicles such as buses, taxis, HGVs and LGVs. The plan will ask Cabinet to lead th...

Government announce £22m investment into farmer productivity

28.10.19: More than 3,600 farmers have been successful in their applications for their share of a £22m funding pot, set up to provide productivity-boosting equipment from the government’s Countryside Productivity Small Grants scheme. Farm...

Housing minister wants to make the North a green housing 'construction corridor’

24.10.19: Housing Minister Esther McVey (Oct 24) wants to build a green housing revolution in the North, as she will today announce the launch of a new ‘centre of excellence’ for Modern Methods of Construction (MMC). The launch accom...

£1m boost to tackle illegal waste removal in the UK

22.10.19: The Government has announced today (Oct 22) that up to £1m in funding is being awarded to fight waste crime in the UK. The money will also go towards preventing illegal waste from being shipped abroad by using smart waste tracking. ...

Cambridge City Council joins plastic pledge action

18.10.19: Cambridge City Council has got on board with the Cambridge Plastic Pledge, urging local businesses and organisations to make a change this year to reduce their single-use plastic contribution. Various organisations in the area, such as Visi...

Multimillion-pound Waltham Forest transformation unveiled

17.10.19: Transport for London (TfL) and The Deputy Mayor for Transport, Heidi Alexander, have today (Oct 17) joined Waltham Forest Council and the City of London Corporation to unveil a key part of the multimillion-pound transformation of Waltham Forest....

Boris Johnson to chair first-of-its-kind Climate Change Committee

17.10.19: The Prime Minister will today announce (Oct 17) that he will chair a new Cabinet Committee dedicated to tackling Climate Change and its global effects. PM Boris Johnson and the new committee will be the driving force behind government and i...

UK takes the fight against climate change even further

15.10.19: The government has today (Oct 15) announced ambitious new measures to further tackle climate change, in response to Committee on Climate Change (CCC) recommendations. Plans to go ‘further and faster’ with fighting climate change...

Pioneering new measures announced in government Environment Bill

15.10.19: Government is making the environment a priority with the introduction of landmark bill to fight the biggest threats to the environment. The bill was announced in the Queen’s Speech yesterday and will today (15 Oct) be introduced to pa...

Cambridge City Council cuts carbon emissions by a quarter

11.10.19: A newly released report has highlighted Cambridge City Council’s progress in cutting carbon emissions from its operations, showing a 25.2% reduction over four years. The steady fall in carbon emissions within the council’s juris...

£88m in Government funding to boost UK business productivity.

10.10.19: The Government has announced today (October 10) an £88m cash injection to boost productivity power of UK businesses. The UK falls behind other countries around the world in terms of productivity, and this new funding hopes to close th...

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Living Wage Foundation calls for employers to join as UK Living Wage rises

12/11/2019Living Wage Foundation calls for employers to join as UK Living Wage rises

The Living Wage Foundation has announced a new UK Living Wage hourly rate of £9.30 per hour, an increase of 30p per hour. The new Lond... more >
A week until the People’s Powerhouse Event

12/11/2019A week until the People’s Powerhouse Event

In a week’s time, The People’s Powerhouse will be in Sunderland hosting their jam-packed ‘this is the North’ convention. ... more >
Cheshire East Council on track to achieve £1 billion target in visitor economy by 2020

12/11/2019Cheshire East Council on track to achieve £1 billion target in visitor economy by 2020

Recent survey reveals Cheshire East is thriving as tourism continues to boom. The visitor economy has increased by £43m compared to the pre... 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 >
Lincolnshire council sets 2050 net-zero carbon target

05/11/2019Lincolnshire council sets 2050 net-zero carbon target

West Lindsey District Council, in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, has unanimously passed a motion to target becoming a net-zero carbon authority by 2050. Councillors moved to support the creatio... more >
Government departments to benefit from £100m collaboration extension

04/11/2019Government departments to benefit from £100m collaboration extension

Seven government departments are set to benefit from a £100m, three-year contract extension signed with Shared Services Connected Limited (SSCL), in partnership with the Government Shared S... more >

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Social value shouldn’t be some scary, omnipotent phrase. It’s time to make a difference.

01/11/2019Social value shouldn’t be some scary, omnipotent phrase. It’s time to make a difference.

Following a survey of public sector organisations and their incorporation of social value into the procurement process, in partnership with Wates and the Social Value Portal, Public Sector Executive’s Matt Roberts evaluates one of the clear challenges presented by the data.   Social value is a procurement buzz phrase at t... 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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