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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...

Manchester City Council set to deliver low-carbon affordable homes

26.03.20: Manchester City Council has announced today (Mar 26) that a partly-vacant brownfield site in the region is set for 100 low-carbon one and two bedroom apartments and 39 semi-detached family homes. The report, outlines that the 1.2ha of counc...

Birmingham City Council calls for delay to Clean Air Zone

25.03.20: Birmingham City Council has addressed central government this week (Mar 23) calling for a delay to the launch of its Clean Air Zone. As regions across the country battle with Covid-19 restrictions, workers and residents in Birmingham are ne...

Bonus Ep. Live from EvoNorth 2020: Cllr Andrew Western

24.03.20: LIVE FROM EVONORTH Councillor Andrew Western is the Leader of Trafford Council and Greater Manchester Green City Region Lead and delivered a speech at the recent EvoNorth event about GM’s plans for a green city region. Cllr Weste...

£2.2m boost for local authorities to tackle air pollution

18.03.20: More than £2.2m has been granted to local authorities across England today (Mar 18) as a part of a government push to improve air quality. The funding comes from the government’s Air Quality Grant, and will support innovative pr...

Scientists at Loughborough Uni develop AI air pollution system

17.03.20: Computer scientists at Loughborough University have developed a new artificial intelligence (AI) system that can predict air pollution levels. Air pollution kills an estimated seven million people per year around the world, making it a huge...

Six councils to receive £1.2m boost to digital projects

16.03.20: Digital projects aimed at improving public services are set for a £1.2m boost thanks to Government funding for six councils across England. The six councils will receive a share of £1.2m to allow innovation in areas such as publ...

Manchester to halve greenhouse gas emissions in next five years

11.03.20: Manchester City Council has today (Mar 11) unveiled ambitious plans to halve greenhouse gas emissions in the next five years. With existing commitments to becoming a zero-carbon city by 2038, Manchester’s Climate Change Partnership ha...

First electric open-top double decker bus arrives in Oxford

10.03.20: The city of Oxford has propelled its efforts in reducing air pollution with its first electric open-top double decker bus which arrived in Oxford yesterday (Mar 9). It comes ahead of the Oxford Zero Emission Zone, and is the first of five o...

Almost £3m unveiled to support female science innovators

09.03.20: Close to £3m has been announced by the Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and UK Research and Innovation to support entrepreneurial female innovators and young people into science. Yesterday’s announ...

First 'virtual power station' to be rolled out in London

06.03.20: A ground-breaking trial is being rolled out in London using household batteries to support the electricity grid. The revolutionary ‘virtual power station’ will help to manage demands during peak winter periods and reduce ca...

New measures to help power millions more homes with renewable energy

03.03.20: The next round of the Contracts for Difference scheme, announced yesterday (Mar 2), is set to help power millions more homes with renewable energy. The scheme is due to open in 2021, and the latest round will be open to renewable technologi...

Winners of £1.35m fund for 68 green spaces announced

03.03.20: The Communities Secretary has announced today (Feb 3) winners of a £1.35m fund to deliver green spaces in communities. The announcement, which coincides with World Wildlife Day, sets out 68 new Pocket Parks in every region of England....

Government announce design competition for homes of the future

02.03.20: Housing Minister Christopher Pincher has today (Feb 2) announced a new competition aimed at finding the best architects and designers to help deliver homes for the future. The most talented designers in industry are invited to submit their...

Council’s cutting-edge smart street lighting pilot almost complete

28.02.20: A first-of-its-kind smart street lighting pilot in Lincolnshire is close to completion thanks to a partnership between South Kesteven District Council and a Scottish technology company. The new pilot scheme, set to finish this month, includ...

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Sport England announces £195m in coronavirus support funding

31/03/2020Sport England announces £195m in coronavirus support funding

Sport England has announced today (Mar 31) that it will be making up £195m of funding to support the sport and physical activity sector dur... more >
Business support: lessons learned from our start-up and productivity project

31/03/2020Business support: lessons learned from our start-up and productivity project

Source: PSE Feb/Mar Dr Melanie Smans is Economic Development Manager at South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils ... more >
Scheme launched for recipients of free school meals

31/03/2020Scheme launched for recipients of free school meals

 A new voucher scheme has been launched today (Mar 31) to protect families unable to claim their free school meals during school closures. ... 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 >
Liverpool appoints new Director of Public Health

01/04/2020Liverpool appoints new Director of Public Health

A new Director of Public Health at Liverpool City Council has been appointed and will step into the role today (Apr 1). Matthew Ashton, 47, will take on the responsibility of keeping the 500... more >
Sport England announces £195m in coronavirus support funding

31/03/2020Sport England announces £195m in coronavirus support funding

Sport England has announced today (Mar 31) that it will be making up £195m of funding to support the sport and physical activity sector during this crisis. It will consist of a £... 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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