Energy Efficiency and Sustainability

Portsmouth wastes £2m ditching controversial energy firm amid fears of even more losses

13.08.18:   A south-coast local authority will go ahead with plans to scrap its fledgling energy company after it was deemed to be too expensive— losing at least £2.5m of public money in the process. In an announcement, Portsmou...

Stay on top of energy efficiency

06.08.18: As the grid goes green, do we still need to consider energy efficiency? The Mayor of London’s RE:FIT team investigates. According to recently published greenhouse gas emissions factors, the UK is making excellent progress towards deca...

Councils should have power over fracking plans, Tory councillors say

03.08.18: A recent survey has found that a vast majority (80%) of Conservative councillors agree that fracking firms, where they have a license to drill and explore for gas, should be made to apply for planning permission before drilling. The Campaig...

New £420m construction sector deal to spur ‘bytes and mortar revolution’

05.07.18: A new joint government-industry sector deal worth £420m was launched today with the aim of transforming construction through innovative technologies and increasing productivity to help Whitehall deliver its pledge to build 1.5 million home...

Planned council-owned energy firm could drastically cut bills in Wales first

29.06.18: A “pioneering” proposal is being considered by Swansea Council for the creation of an energy firm wholly owned by the authority – which, while not innovative in England, would be the first of its kind in Wales. If the prop...

Ultra-low emission buses: a clear vision for clean air

25.06.18: Earlier this year, the Department for Transport (DfT) announced the £48m Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme, which transport minister Nusrat Ghani says will go a long way to cleaning up our air and eliminating carbon emissions. From bustli...

Energy efficiency: not just a matter of more money

30.04.18: David Reilly, head of cities & regions at the Carbon Trust, reports on the findings from this year’s Low Carbon Cities Conference. Each year, in advance of the Carbon Trust’s Low Carbon Cities Conference, we reach out to del...

Councils urged to reduce energy bills by switching from ‘Big Six’

23.04.18: No local authority in Britain has switched to a fully renewable energy supplier, according to new research. Nine out of 10 councils are supplied by one of the “Big Six” or an oil supermajor, at a cost of over £863m. A Freed...

Oxfordshire councils receive funding for ‘exciting’ autonomous vehicles plan

26.02.18: Trials of the first connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) on public roads are set to take place in Oxfordshire after Whitehall officials agreed a deal between local firms and the county and district councils. The project is being led by...

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...

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Yorkshire council chiefs threaten pull out of asylum seeker housing project

20/08/2018Yorkshire council chiefs threaten pull out of asylum seeker housing project

Council bosses in Yorkshire are considering pulling out of an asylum seeker programme that gives homes to over 5,000 people unless the current pr... more >
Developer in £13m legal wrangle with Northumberland now plans to take council to High Court

17/08/2018Developer in £13m legal wrangle with Northumberland now plans to take council to High Court

A property developer who launched a £13m legal bid against Northumberland County Council says it has been banned from sharing vital informa... more >
High Court allows London council to fine and imprison illegal campers

17/08/2018High Court allows London council to fine and imprison illegal campers

A council has successfully obtained a High Court injunction allowing it to use greater powers – from fines and asset seizure to imprisonmen... 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 >
Northamptonshire report to propose splitting region into two unitaries

17/08/2018Northamptonshire report to propose splitting region into two unitaries

A report on the future of the debt-ridden Northamptonshire region due to be published this afternoon will likely recommend replacing all eight local authorities with two unitary councils. Pu... more >
Fight against Dorset merger ends as Christchurch council accepts defeat

14/08/2018Fight against Dorset merger ends as Christchurch council accepts defeat

Christchurch Borough Council has agreed not to take its legal fight to the Court of Appeal following the refusal of its Judicial Review application, with leader Cllr David Flagg apologising for t... more >

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Don’t horse around! Council finds new home for house-bound pony

13/08/2018Don’t horse around! Council finds new home for house-bound pony

A council that took four years in a legal wrangle to remove a pony from an Isle of Lewis house may have found the four-legged beast a new home. Western Isles council removed Grey Lady Too – a Connemara pony that was taken into the home by pensioner Stephanie Noble on Christmas Eve in 2011 – from its residence in 2014 because i... more >
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A new era of opportunity for the north

13/08/2018A new era of opportunity for the north

It’s time to stop seeing transport investment as a nice-to-have: it’s a cut-through catalyst for growth in sectors across the north. ... more >
Creating a council cloud-first approach

13/08/2018Creating a council cloud-first approach

Georgina Maratheftis, programme manager for local government at techUK, makes the case for wider adoption of cloud technology by local authoritie... more >
Council mergers: little gain, less democratic

13/08/2018Council mergers: little gain, less democratic

Dr Linze Schaap, associate professor at the Tilburg Centre for Regional Law and Governance, and Dr Niels Karsten, assistant professor at the Tilb... more >
The strength of districts

13/08/2018The strength of districts

Cllr Isobel Darby, member lead for quality of life at the District Councils’ Network (DCN) and leader of Chiltern District Council, shares ... more >


Modern policing: the future is bright

06/08/2018Modern policing: the future is bright

SPONSORED INTERVIEW The public sector, and policing in particular, has often been criticised as being slow to adapt to change. But now, says L... more >
Michael King: Time for Ombudsman reform

06/08/2018Michael King: Time for Ombudsman reform

Michael King first joined the Local Government Ombudsman service back in 2004 as deputy ombudsman. At the start of 2017, he was appointed as the ... more >
Helping a city understand itself

06/08/2018Helping a city understand itself

SPONSORED INTERVIEW The urban landscape is changing. How can local authorities keep up with citizen behaviour? Stephen Leece, managing directo... more >
Data at the heart of digital transformation

03/04/2018Data at the heart of digital transformation

SPONSORED INTERVIEW Grant Caley, UK & Ireland chief technologist at NetApp, speaks to PSE’s Luana Salles about the benefits of movin... more >

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