Innovation and Efficiency

London councils join Design Council scheme to address major social issues

22.03.17: Councils in London will work with design experts as part of a new programme aiming to help authorities address problems with homelessness, homecare and help for looked-after children, amongst other social issues. The Design Council programm...

The challenges for innovative procurement

27.02.17: Malcolm Harbour CBE, who wrote Parliament’s first report on innovation in public procurement in 2008 and now chairs the LGA Task and Finish Group on this subject, considers how the new Industrial Strategy is a great opportunity for local g...

Oxfordshire councils branded ‘fickle’ for U-turn over unitary reform plans

07.02.17: Oxfordshire County Council’s pursuit of a single unitary authority for the region is looking more likely after two district councils which previously opposed the idea have made a U-turn, coming out in support of the proposal. Last mon...

Dorset councils agree to proceed with unitary reforms

01.02.17: Dorset councils have obtained a mandate to go ahead with their proposals to change the county’s local government structure. The plans, which would see Dorset’s current nine councils replaced with two new unitary authorities, hav...

Unlocking smart capabilities for local authorities

04.01.17: Matthew Evans, executive director of techUK’s SmarterUK programme, discusses the need for the government to deliver a coherent digital strategy that demonstrates the importance of smart cities that local government and the technology indus...

Social action as an organising principle for public services

28.12.16: Carrie Deacon, programme manager in Nesta’s Innovation Lab, explains how commissioners can move people power from the periphery to the heart of service design. Many are now convinced that the public services we inherited from our gran...

Wandsworth and Richmond pension fund merger authorised

22.12.16: The government has confirmed that it will lay regulations to enable Wandsworth and Richmond Upon Thames councils’ proposal to merge their pension funds as part of a cost-saving measure. The two London boroughs announced in January 201...

Putting innovation at the heart of public procurement

22.12.16: Malcolm Harbour CBE, who wrote Parliament’s first report on innovation in public procurement in 2008 and now chairs the LGA Task and Finish Group on this issue, outlines how public bodies can embed innovation in spite of tight budgets. ...

Connected cities mission to India

22.12.16: Niraj Saraf, Connected Cities Mission lead for Innovate UK, explains how learning from the UK is helping other countries, including India, develop their smart city programmes. The global need for radical solutions to city challenges is beco...

Cornwall councils launch collaborative CCTV project

20.12.16: Eight West Cornwall town councils are working together with the region’s rescue and police services to launch a ‘groundbreaking’ CCTV project to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour. The brainchild of Hayle Town Council...

Smart cities: At a crossroads

20.12.16: Professor Simon Joss FRSA is co-director of the International Eco-Cities Initiative at the University of Westminster, which provides research and consultancy on urban innovation. He explains why smart cities are at a crossroads between technolog...

Government to invest £2.6bn on ‘fit for the future’ local transport

25.11.16: The government will be spending an extra £2.6bn on tackling congestion and ensuring that the UK’s transport networks are fit for the future, the chancellor Phillip Hammond announced in yesterday’s Autumn Statement. The mon...

LGA: Broadband funding boost welcome, but must not neglect rural areas

24.11.16: The government has committed to investing over £1bn by 2021 in rolling out full-fibre connections and building on future 5G communications, Phillip Hammond announced in this week’s Autumn Statement. The chancellor declared that...

Greener buses expected to deliver  £248m social benefit savings by 2020

10.11.16: A new generation of low emission buses is already saving 55,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per year and saving £8m from health and environmental budgets, a new report has found.  A Green Bus for Every Journey, ...

Design first, act later

26.08.16: Stephen Miller, research and evaluation manager at the Design Council, talks to PSE’s Luana Salles about the main barriers to embedding smart service design in local authority projects, and how to overcome them. At a time of financial...

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NAO:  Decisive action needed to keep at-risk road investment projects afloat

23/03/2017NAO: Decisive action needed to keep at-risk road investment projects afloat

Key projects in the government’s road investment strategy are at risk of cancellation if “decisive action” is not taken by the ... more >
London councils join Design Council scheme to address major social issues

22/03/2017London councils join Design Council scheme to address major social issues

Councils in London will work with design experts as part of a new programme aiming to help authorities address problems with homelessness, homeca... more >
Localis: Industrial reform must be driven and led at local level

22/03/2017Localis: Industrial reform must be driven and led at local level

The government’s industrial strategy should be driven and led at a local level by handing space and powers to leaders to allow them to dict... more >

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21/02/2017Untapped potential

As PSE went to press, the government had just released its Industrial Strategy green paper, which has an ambitious aim to “improve living standards and economic growth by increasing productivity and driving growth across the whole country”.  Overall, the strategy was welcomed across the public sector. However, as you&rsqu... read more >

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Parliament cannot solve homelessness through legislation alone

Parliament cannot solve homelessness through legislation alone

Cllr Michelle Lowe, deputy leader and cabinet member for housing and health at Sevenoaks District Council, argues that if the government is really serious about combating homelessness they will w... more > more last word articles >
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Why opening up procurement matters to the UK public sector

22/03/2017Why opening up procurement matters to the UK public sector

Rob Levene, managing director of Bloom, explains why opening up procurement is important to the UK public sector.  Procuring products and services by the UK public sector is big business. The central government procurement budget is estimated to be worth £40bn. So it is no surprise that procurement is a subject that generates a... more >
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Time to embrace change

01/03/2017Time to embrace change

The way we work is changing. As a profession, we must be ready to embrace it, writes James Driver on behalf of the Association for Project Manage... more >
Digital Marketplace: reaching far and wide in the public sector

01/03/2017Digital Marketplace: reaching far and wide in the public sector

Over the next few months, the Government Digital Service (GDS) wants to get a better understanding of how local government and the wider public s... more >
The challenges for innovative procurement

27/02/2017The challenges for innovative procurement

Malcolm Harbour CBE, who wrote Parliament’s first report on innovation in public procurement in 2008 and now chairs the LGA Task and Finish... more >
Glasgow points the way forward for IoT future

27/02/2017Glasgow points the way forward for IoT future

Dr Mark Begbie, business development director at CENSIS, the Scottish Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems, explores how Glasgow is l... more >

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Leading transformational change through procurement

01/03/2017Leading transformational change through procurement

Liz Welton, chair of the Society of Procurement Officers in Local Government (SOPO), tells PSE’s David Stevenson why there are lots of oppo... more >
McMahon: I worry that the public are not part of the devolution conversation

20/12/2016McMahon: I worry that the public are not part of the devolution conversation

Jim McMahon, Labour’s shadow minister for local government and devolution, talks to PSE’s David Stevenson about the need to radically... more >
Solace president mandate: Champion diversity and celebrate great public services

20/12/2016Solace president mandate: Champion diversity and celebrate great public services

Jo Miller, the recently-elected president of Solace, talks to PSE about the need for championing great public services and ensuring inclusion at ... more >
The secret to the success of one public estate

19/08/2016The secret to the success of one public estate

Central government has faced strong criticism of its many estate schemes in recent years, but one in particular seems to steer clear of the backl... more >

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