Energy Efficiency and Sustainability

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...

Council hits back at Whitehall’s ‘woefully inadequate’ Clean Air Strategy

27.07.17: A major council has today slammed the government’s Clean Air Strategy that was released yesterday, branding it “woefully inadequate”. The £3bn strategy, designed to control pollution generated by cars in Britain, out...

Council yields £70,000 savings by installing solar power on buildings

25.07.17: A council has today announced that it found savings of £70,000 through the installation of solar powers on its public buildings and offices.  Herefordshire Council installed the eco-friendly technology on 15 of its buildings over...

Leeds gives green light to eco-friendly energy system for 22,000 homes

20.07.17: Leeds City Council has this week backed plans to introduce a major new scheme to provide residents with low cost, more environmentally-friendly energy. At a meeting on Monday, councillors endorsed plans to create a “district heating n...

Councils warned to look out for five key ‘financial warning signs’

07.07.17: Councils have been told to watch out for five key ‘warning signs’ of financial pressure, including a rapid decline in reserves, in order to build resilience into all aspects of planning and operations. The message has been sent...

LAPFF enters new partnership to improve engagement on climate risk

06.06.17: A new partnership between the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF) and the 50/50 Climate Change Project has been announced today in an effort to drive the fund’s engagement with companies on green issues and climate risk. The Cl...

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...

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‘Fundamental rethink’ on social housing needed as Javid brings forward green paper

20/09/2017‘Fundamental rethink’ on social housing needed as Javid brings forward green paper

A wide-ranging, top-to-bottom green paper on social housing is to be brought forward by the government, Sajid Javid has this week announced. ... more >
Cost benefit analysis of government infrastructure ‘misused and poorly communicated’

20/09/2017Cost benefit analysis of government infrastructure ‘misused and poorly communicated’

The government must improve its system for valuing the costs and benefits of its infrastructure to improve the delivery of key projects, experts ... more >
Birmingham recalls Improvement Panel following ‘serious setbacks’

20/09/2017Birmingham recalls Improvement Panel following ‘serious setbacks’

Birmingham City Council’s improvement panel is to stay at the city, despite the authority telling the DCLG that it no longer required its s... more >

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14/08/2017Time for reflection

A lot has happened since the last edition of PSE was published. In particular, the snap general election delivered an astounding result that many of the pollsters and political experts could not have predicted when Theresa May initially called for it back in April. Chris Painter, Professor Emeritus at Birmingham City University, provides ... 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 >
South Yorkshire devolution in doubt as councils clash over next steps

19/09/2017South Yorkshire devolution in doubt as councils clash over next steps

South Yorkshire’s devolution deal took a serious knock today after a statement from the Sheffield City Region (SCR) revealed that two councils, Barnsley and Doncaster MBC, have refused to b... more >
Male LCR cabinet urged to give up their seats for female nominees

15/09/2017Male LCR cabinet urged to give up their seats for female nominees

The entirely male cabinet at the Liverpool City Region (LCR) have this week been urged to give up their seats by the Women’s Leadership Group (WLG) in a drive towards a more gender inclusiv... more >

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How do we deliver true social and economic value for the community?

18/09/2017How do we deliver true social and economic value for the community?

Five years on from the introduction of the Social Value Act, Alison Ramsey, frameworks co-ordinator at Scape Procure, reflects on the key questions that prompted the legislation’s introduction. The Social Value Act was an important landmark. It decisively addressed the need for major public projects led by all public bodies to maxim... more >
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Support for councils following Grenfell

04/09/2017Support for councils following Grenfell

Ian Moore, CEO of the Fire Industry Association (FIA), discusses the wider lessons of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire and what measures and assess... more >
A quiet revolution

04/09/2017A quiet revolution

Dermot Ryan, programme director at NHS Digital for the Health and Social Care Network (HSCN), talks to PSE about the importance of moving to the ... more >
Effective leadership in uncertain times

04/09/2017Effective leadership in uncertain times

Dr David Beech, lecturer in people management at Salford Business School, argues that continuous renewal and progress is fundamental to effective... more >
Refocusing professional development

04/09/2017Refocusing professional development

Graeme McDonald, managing director of Solace, discusses the importance of taking time out to focus on learning, especially in the ever-changing l... 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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