Energy Efficiency and Sustainability

Council-led energy company aims to tackle fuel poverty in Liverpool

27.04.17: A not-for-profit energy company has been set up in Liverpool that aims to save residents hundreds of pounds and tackle fuel poverty in the area. Named the Liverpool Energy Community Company, or LECCY for short, the organisation is hoping to...

Public sector can lead the UK to an ultra-low emission future

25.04.17: Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, explains why the public sector has the potential to shape and accelerate the UK automotive market to be entirely ultra-low emission. The public sector is more plugged in to electric vehicles (EVs) than eve...

Clean growth and the role of UK infrastructure

21.04.17: A renewal of the UK’s infrastructure – from telecommunications to energy, roads and buildings – rightly sits as one of the pillars of the government’s Industrial Strategy. But how can we ensure the infrastructure of tomor...

Stepping up to London’s contactless bus network

18.04.17: Reading Buses, the innovative operator wholly owned by the local borough council, has become the first town-wide contactless bus network outside London. PSE reports. Reading Buses, the council-owned organisation that strives to reduce car d...

Lead by example on carbon reduction

13.04.17: PSE reports from this year’s Carbon Trust Public Sector Conference. One of the key messages to come out of this year’s Carbon Trust Public Sector Conference was that the sector needs to highlight the importance and business case...

Opening up water options

23.02.17: With only a few weeks left until public sector organisations across England can choose their water services retailer, it’s time to make sure you know what your options are, writes Helen Robinson-Gordon, head of communications for Retail Ma...

GM Mayor: Business as usual won’t work to deliver 2050 carbon targets

21.02.17: Taking a ‘business as usual’ approach will not allow Manchester to hit its 80% carbon reduction targets by 2050, Tony Lloyd, the region’s interim mayor has said today at the Carbon Trust’s Public Sector Conference. A...

Planning for climate change?

20.02.17: Planning is at the heart of responding to climate change, but new research finds many local authorities have deprioritised key policy actions vital to our collective future, says Dr Hugh Ellis, head of policy at the Town & Country Plann...

UK public sector sustainability priorities for 2017

16.02.17: Richard Rugg, managing director of programmes at the Carbon Trust, looks at the opportunities and challenges facing sustainability in the public sector over the next 12 months. As we come up towards our annual Public Sector Conference, I us...

MPs criticise Defra’s ‘ineffective’ response to flood prevention report

24.01.17: The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee has criticised the government for failing to act on the country’s “ineffective” flood protection measures, leaving communities across England at risk. EFRA’s p...

EVs at the heart of industrial strategy plans

04.01.17: PSE reports on the latest announcements around electric vehicles, including new funding in the Autumn Statement and further commitments from cabinet ministers to expanding the sector. Following new funding promises for electric vehicles (EV...

Taking a lead on EV

26.12.16: Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, talks to PSE’s David Stevenson about the opportunity the public sector has in increasing electric vehicle (EV) take-up. There is a government aspiration that by 2040 every new car in the UK will be a...

High Court backs North Yorkshire CC over fracking decision

20.12.16: Fracking will be allowed to take place in North Yorkshire after the High Court ruled that the county council acted lawfully when it approved a fracking application earlier this year. North Yorkshire County Council had approved energy compan...

Recycling rates in UK fall for first time on record

19.12.16: Recycling rates in the UK have fallen for the first time on record, prompting calls for a new tax on packaging as the country now faces an uphill task to meet its EU targets. Official statistics released by the Department for Environment, F...

Khan pressed to divest council pension funds from fossil fuel industries

08.12.16: The mayor of London Sadiq Khan has been urged by the London Assembly to divest all remaining council pension fund investments away from fossil-fuelled industries to show that London is “serious” about tackling climate change. Kh...

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Tories will take education spending back to 2010 levels, warns IFS

26/05/2017Tories will take education spending back to 2010 levels, warns IFS

Conservative plans to reduce spending on schools would lead to a 7% real-terms cut for the education sector between 2015-16 and 2021-22, accordin... more >
Almost all council websites now optimised for mobile devices

26/05/2017Almost all council websites now optimised for mobile devices

Almost all local councils have now repurposed their websites to present a responsive or mobile site when accessed on a smartphone. In a surv... more >
Manchester leaders thank public for £4.1m donations to attack fund

26/05/2017Manchester leaders thank public for £4.1m donations to attack fund

Local leaders in Manchester have heaped praise on the public after £4.1m was raised in support of survivors of the terrorist attack on Mond... more >

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11/04/2017A watershed moment in British politics

The government has now officially triggered Article 50, formally starting the process of Britain’s exit from the EU. How this will affect local government, the wider public sector and the Civil Service remains to be seen, but the likelihood of it being plain sailing with the enormity of the task ahead seems rather unlikely.  It... read more >

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Collaborative working is the key to the future at home and abroad

Collaborative working is the key to the future at home and abroad

David Hawkins, operations director at the Institute for Collaborative Working (ICW), on why ISO 44001 is a new evolution in collaborative working. The past 12 months have seen seismic change... more > more last word articles >
Liverpool CEO temporarily ‘steps aside’ following arrest

25/05/2017Liverpool CEO temporarily ‘steps aside’ following arrest

The chief executive of Liverpool City Council has been forced to temporarily step down from his role after he was arrested due to financial problems with tendering contracts to BT. In a stat... more >
Counties back pledges to scrap ‘arbitrary’ mayors for devo deals

22/05/2017Counties back pledges to scrap ‘arbitrary’ mayors for devo deals

County councils have welcomed the decision taken by the three main political parties to drop plans that would stop areas without a directly elected mayor asking for devolution deals. In a st... more >

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A watershed moment in British democracy

02/05/2017A watershed moment in British democracy

The upcoming mayoral elections represent a watershed moment in the history of British democracy, reports PSE’s Luana Salles.  On 4 May, voters across six regions will take to the polls to decide who should captain their public services until 2020.  As part of the elections, the DCLG has kick-started the ‘Our May... more >
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An integrated approach to greening public transport

28/04/2017An integrated approach to greening public transport

Dave Pearson, director of transport services at West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA), explains how a partnership approach is encouraging more... more >
Unlocking the combination to criminal justice reform

28/04/2017Unlocking the combination to criminal justice reform

If new mayors want to improve the life chances of their communities, help the most vulnerable and trailblaze public service reform, then criminal... more >
Improving information sharing to support integration

28/04/2017Improving information sharing to support integration

Kevin Kewin, a senior adviser in the Care and Health Improvement Programme at the LGA, explains how social care can be transformed through the us... more >
Putting digital at the heart of service delivery

28/04/2017Putting digital at the heart of service delivery

Following the recent Smart Essex Digital Summit, which was hosted by Essex County Council, David Wilde, executive director and chief information ... more >

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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 >
Leading transformational change through procurement

01/03/2017Leading transformational change through procurement

Liz Welton, chair of the Society of Procurement Officers in Local Government (SOPO), tells PSE’s David Stevenson why there are lots of oppo... more >
McMahon: I worry that the public are not part of the devolution conversation

20/12/2016McMahon: I worry that the public are not part of the devolution conversation

Jim McMahon, Labour’s shadow minister for local government and devolution, talks to PSE’s David Stevenson about the need to radically... more >

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