Energy Efficiency and Sustainability

Three Tyneside councils set to finalise their plan to improve air quality

11.09.19: Newcastle, Gateshead and North Tyneside councils are set to submit their plan to tackle the air quality of the region following government direction. Cabinet meetings are to be held this month in order to seek the approval of councillors regardi...

Herefordshire Council hits 2020 carbon reduction target early

27.08.19: Reducing carbon emissions has been a key talking point for councils in recent months and years, with ambitious targets having been set out going forwards. Councils and other public sector organisations have made huge strides in attempting t...

Council-owned solar farm generates £1.2m for frontline services

14.08.19: West Suffolk Council, through its local authority-owned solar farm, has raised more than £1.2m in funds to support frontline services in the past three years. The 12.4MW solar farm at Toggam Farm, in Lakenheath, is one of the largest...

Thousands of new council homes part of 2040 Wales vision

08.08.19: A development vision for Wales by 2040 has outlined more urban living, and earmarked the building of thousands of new council homes. As part of the vision, a new planning framework – the National Development Framework – is...

Liverpool mayor submits £230m bid for ‘Green City Deal’

31.07.19: The mayor of Liverpool has submitted a major bid to the new prime minister for a £230m ‘Green City Deal’ to boost the region’s economy and tackle climate change. Joe Anderson has put forward the proposal to Boris Joh...

Wiltshire Council pledges to go carbon neutral by 2030

29.07.19: Wiltshire Council has outlined its strategy to address climate change with a commitment from Cabinet for the council to become carbon neutral by 2030. Initial steps will include looking towards a major increase in renewable energy gene...

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...

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Peterborough City Council to tackle homelessness with its own housing company

20/09/2019Peterborough City Council to tackle homelessness with its own housing company

Peterborough City Council to ask for cabinet approval to set up their own Housing Revenue Account (HRA), enabling the council to provide&nbs... more >
Home Office encourages civil servants to volunteer with police

20/09/2019Home Office encourages civil servants to volunteer with police

Civil servants who take up the option of volunteering as special constables will get up to 12 days paid special leave a year, in order to sp... more >
Network rail proposal for UNESCO World Heritage Site

20/09/2019Network rail proposal for UNESCO World Heritage Site

Network Rail has submitted a planning application to City of Edinburgh Council proposing to install a bridge walk and visitor centre at the histori... 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 >
Home Office encourages civil servants to volunteer with police

20/09/2019Home Office encourages civil servants to volunteer with police

Civil servants who take up the option of volunteering as special constables will get up to 12 days paid special leave a year, in order to spend more time supporting their local police force.... more >
LGA provides plans for devolution-themed Queen’s speech

20/09/2019LGA provides plans for devolution-themed Queen’s speech

With 350 councils to represent in England, the LGA are keen to make sure local services and communities are the government’s top priority. The have issued a seven-point plan for the Qu... more >

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Northern Powerhouse Partner aims to connect the North once again

02/09/2019Northern Powerhouse Partner aims to connect the North once again

In February this year, official Northern Powerhouse Partner, Cognitive Publishing, delivered EvoNorth 2019.  The two day event was designed to amplify and highlight future developments the region has to offer - uniting leaders responsible for fuelling the Northern Powerhouse agenda, including Dr Nicola Headlam, Head of the Northern Powerh... 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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