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County council approves £153m link road amid climate change protests

16.07.19: Norwich county councillors have formally approved a new link road for the Norwich bypass, despite the environmental group Extinction Rebellion staging protests on the steps of the County Hall. The council’s cabinet committee backed a...

Defra appoints Oxford professor as new chief scientist

12.07.19: Gideon Henderson has been appointed by Defra as its new chief scientific advisor. Henderson, who is currently a professor of earth sciences at the University of Oxford, will join Defra in October in this year. He replaces the out-going...

Government to invest £40m in electric vehicle infrastructure and wireless charging

09.07.19: The government is investing nearly £40m in infrastructure for electric vehicles including wireless charging systems. The funding is to be split across 12 projects which will “transform” electric chargepoint infrastructure...

Government launches Green Finance Strategy to tackle climate change

05.07.19: The government will launch a new Green Finance Strategy that intends to boost sustainable investment, with an expectation for listed companies to disclose how climate change impacts their work. The strategy, the government hopes, will help...

Universities to strike Northern Powerhouse alliance to create ‘Ivy League of the North’

01.07.19: All of the 28 universities across the north of England are to forge an alliance and create a plan of action to drive the Northern Powerhouse agenda forward. The unprecedented move is a direct response to the Northern Powerhouse minister Jak...

Zero-waste economies positive for cities and people, says report

28.06.19: A report by Circle Economy shows that cities which encourage circular economy practises, such as repairing and recycling, bring in investment and new jobs. The analysis explores how local authorities in 43 European cities support the circul...

Highways England trial fully electric powered roadworks vehicles

28.06.19: Two fully electric powered roadworks vehicles are being trialled by Highways England for the first time, the company announced. One of the vehicles is being used across the East Midlands and the other on a major scheme which is improving th...

Leeds Council install cameras to enforce Clean Air Charging Zone

27.06.19: Leeds City Council has begun to install camera infrastructure to monitor and enforce the Clean Air Charging Zone (CAZ). When live the zone will tackle air pollution in Leeds by encouraging businesses to transition to cleaner, less poll...

How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

19.06.19: Tom Chance, director at the National Community Land Trust Network, argues that community-led initiatives are a productive way of helping to solve the housing shortage. Collaboration, it is said, is the key to building more homes, designing...

Aberdeen's green transport fleet attracting international attention

19.06.19: Aberdeen City Council’s hydrogen spokesperson, councillor Philip Bell, highlights the Granite City’s determination to play a leading role in the fast-developing hydrogen sector. Aberdeen has enjoyed a rich economic history which...

Government gives Northern Powerhouse minister new housing and energy remit

10.06.19: The Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry has had his powers extended to include housing, business and energy by the government, “strengthening its commitment to the Norther Powerhouse.” The joint ministerial position will see...

Introduce ‘smart bins’ and hand out tax cuts to drive up recycling, urges think tank

13.05.19: Local authorities should use a new generation of “smart bins” and council tax cuts to drive up household recycling rates, a think tank’s new report has recommended. Bins fitted with sensors could record household recycling...

First ever North of Tyne mayor takes office and promises ‘green new deal’

08.05.19: Jamie Driscoll has been named as the first ever mayor for the North of Tyne, and declared a climate emergency in his first day in charge of the newly formed combined authority. The Labour candidate defeated his closest rival, Conservative&r...

Providing clean energy to Cornwall

29.04.19: Steve Ford, head of strategy and delivery at Cornwall Council, outlines the incredible work his authority has been doing to provide renewable energy to residents on the south-west coast. In July 2015, Cornwall Council made history by becomi...

Bristol City Council makes ‘reckless’ £9m investment into clean energy firm

08.04.19: Bristol City Council is to put a further £9m into its loss-making energy firm in a decision criticised as “reckless” and a “staggering waste of public money.” The council has already invested £27m into Br...

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TSSA welcomes vote backing HS2 phase 2

17/07/2019TSSA welcomes vote backing HS2 phase 2

The general secretary of the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA) has described the decision by MPs to approve the second stage of the H... more >
County council approves £153m link road amid climate change protests

16/07/2019County council approves £153m link road amid climate change protests

Norwich county councillors have formally approved a new link road for the Norwich bypass, despite the environmental group Extinction Rebellion st... more >
Lewisham Council appoint new chief executive from Hackney Council

15/07/2019Lewisham Council appoint new chief executive from Hackney Council

Lewisham LBC is set to appoint Kim Wright, currently a group director at Hackney Council, as its new chief executive. Wright will take up th... 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 >
TSSA welcomes vote backing HS2 phase 2

17/07/2019TSSA welcomes vote backing HS2 phase 2

The general secretary of the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA) has described the decision by MPs to approve the second stage of the High Speed Two (HS2) as “wise and welcome&rdq... more >
Councils featured in Government’s £135m health research fund

11/07/2019Councils featured in Government’s £135m health research fund

Local authorities are set to play a key role in the newly announced £135m government investment into health research, which looks to bring together partnerships to better tackle a range of ... more >

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New rules to change the future of Social Value

05/06/2019New rules to change the future of Social Value

The government has announced the introduction of new rules to change the future of social value and make the way housing developers stump up the money for infrastructure both simpler and more transparent. These regulatory changes are designed to help achieve its ambition to deliver 300,000 extra homes per year by the mid-2020s.  ... 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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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 >
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 >
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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