Energy Efficiency and Sustainability

Sheffield council launches trial to use hydrogen vehicles in road maintenance fleet

19.02.18: A trial to use hydrogen-powered vans to carry out road works in Sheffield has been announced by the city’s council. The scheme will see Amey, which is delivering Sheffield City Council’s Streets Ahead programme to upgrade paveme...

Sussex councils join forces to form new public energy partnership

14.02.18: Councils in Sussex have joined forces to encourage households to save money on their energy bills. Residents across Sussex can now buy gas and electricity through the council energy partnership, Your Energy Sussex, which aims to help more p...

The future of communal heating in Cheshire

22.12.17: PSE’s Josh Mines speaks to Dan Griffiths, projects and programmes manager at Cheshire East Council’s Skills & Growth Company, about how the ELENA project is set to transform heating networks in the area. Rising prices of gas...

An innovative approach to flood risk

18.12.17: Tom Palmer, project design engineer at Essex County Council (ECC), on a new scheme currently underway that will significantly reduce local flood risks by using an innovative approach to leaky dams. The Kingsmoor area of Harlow in Essex has...

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...

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Academies mean councils struggling to take integrated approach to education

23/02/2018Academies mean councils struggling to take integrated approach to education

Councils are struggling to take an integrated approach to education in areas where high numbers of secondary schools are academies, a report by the... more >
Core Cities leaders press for domestic post-Brexit agenda after meeting with Barnier

23/02/2018Core Cities leaders press for domestic post-Brexit agenda after meeting with Barnier

Leaders and mayors representing Core Cities UK have met with the EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier this week. The Brussels meeting saw leaders ... more >
DHSC seeks views on addressing care workforce challenges

23/02/2018DHSC seeks views on addressing care workforce challenges

A consultation focusing on the adult social care workforce has been launched by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), in partnership wit... 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 >
ICO forced to take down its website amid cryptocurrency hacker fears

12/02/2018ICO forced to take down its website amid cryptocurrency hacker fears

The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has had to take down its website as a “precautionary measure” against hackers, who have infected hundreds of government computers with a pro... more >
Local government finance settlement: Javid announces £150m care fund

06/02/2018Local government finance settlement: Javid announces £150m care fund

The housing and communities secretary has today revealed details of this year’s local government finance settlement, including £150m of extra funding for adult social care. Sajid... more >

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Whole of government must act together to fulfil the ambition of the Industrial Strategy

11/12/2017Whole of government must act together to fulfil the ambition of the Industrial Strategy

Jen Rae, head of innovation policy at Nesta, says the aims in the government’s new Industrial Strategy are ambitious, but will require a shift in policymaking in order to be realised in full. Last Monday saw the long-awaited launch of the UK’s new Industrial Strategy, the government’s plan for prosperity and growth in a ... more >
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An unsettling finance settlement?

23/02/2018An unsettling finance settlement?

Piali Das Gupta, head of policy at Solace, looks over the final local government finance settlement and argues that it does not do enough to supp... more >
Finance settlement: a golden opportunity

23/02/2018Finance settlement: a golden opportunity

The local government finance settlement must enable counties to continue to be the engines of the English economy by providing a fairer funding a... more >
Data protection by design

23/02/2018Data protection by design

Nigel Houlden, head of technology policy at the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), looks at how organisations can win back public tru... more >
Citizen-centric cities for a better tomorrow

22/02/2018Citizen-centric cities for a better tomorrow

Mark Collin, group director of Ventures at ThoughtWorks, discusses how governments can learn from a bottom-up, citizen-focused approach to d... more >

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BIM: Digitising the public sector

19/02/2018BIM: Digitising the public sector

PSE’s Josh Mines talks to Stephen Crompton, CTO at GroupBC, and Stuart Bell, the company’s sales and marketing director, about how Bu... more >
Duncan Selbie: The energy of devolution

19/02/2018Duncan Selbie: The energy of devolution

The NHS plays a part in keeping the country well – but when it comes to places and their people, local government has a major role to fulfi... more >
Are we taking a risk on education?

14/12/2017Are we taking a risk on education?

Adrian Prandle, director of economic strategy and negotiations at the National Education Union (NEU), questions the stark lack of announcements a... more >
A fantastic opportunity awaits you

11/12/2017A fantastic opportunity awaits you

Eight months on from the government’s announcement of major training reforms, Anne Milton, minister for apprenticeships and skills at the D... more >

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