Innovation and Efficiency

Social value in Greater Manchester: lessons learned

12.09.18: Peter Schofield, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) collaborative procurement programme manager, looks back at the region’s history of adopting social value policy and outlines what lessons his team has learned as a result. ...

Delivering the digital goods

28.08.18: Matt Prosser, Solace’s spokesperson for digital leadership and interim head of paid service at the Shadow Dorset Council, discusses the future of digital colocation between local authorities. Sitting around a table with some of the mo...

Delivering the digital goods

06.08.18: Matt Prosser, Solace’s spokesperson for digital leadership and interim head of paid service at the Shadow Dorset Council, discusses the future of digital colocation between local authorities. Sitting around a table with some of the mo...

Helping a city understand itself

06.08.18: SPONSORED INTERVIEW The urban landscape is changing. How can local authorities keep up with citizen behaviour? Stephen Leece, managing director at Citi Logik, tells PSE’s Luana Salles that big data might just be the solution. The w...

New £7.5m council fund to take digital innovation from ‘basement to boardroom’

05.07.18: The government has announced a £7.5m digital innovation fund to help councils transform their online services. The fund was announced at the LGA Conference in Birmingham yesterday by local government minister Rishi Sunak. BREAKIN...

Can data save the future of children?

02.07.18: Ingrid Koehler, service innovation lead at the LGiU, takes a look at the untapped potential for a digital, data-led transformation of children’s services, weighing this up with the potential risks and challenges local councils could face. ...

Stepping up to GovTech

02.07.18: Malcolm Harbour CBE, chair of the LGA working group on innovation in public procurement, gives us an update on the progress of the GovTech Catalyst challenges, and explains how successful projects will be rolled out. My last article in PSE...

Over £800m saved by councils sharing services

28.06.18: In a new analysis by the LGA, more than £800m of public money has been saved by councils sharing services. In its national shared services map, it shows that there are 555 separate shared services arrangements across England, providin...

Big Data analytics ‘critical’ to help councils keep up with changing citizen behaviour patterns

25.06.18: The way people are moving across a city is fundamentally and rapidly changing, but some local authorities are not moving quickly enough themselves in order to understand these different movement patterns. Councils are therefore missing out...

Can Intelligent Connectivity transform the public sector?

25.06.18: ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Danny Longbottom, director of local government & health at BT Business & Public Sector, reminds organisations that having the right tech in place will help save time and money in the long run – and Intellig...

Decisions, decisions

18.06.18: The true social value of procurement comes from asking challenging questions and thinking outside the box, argues Melissa Bell, sustainable procurement manager at the YPO. Everyone wants more for their money – and this is even more so...

Sharing of personal data could benefit public services

26.04.18: A new report says that the sharing of personal data across public services could bring significant improvements to the quality of service for individuals and communities. The report, ‘Data for Public Benefit’, was published join...

Creating a common digital direction

19.04.18: Phil Rumens, chair of the LocalGov Digital Steering Group and digital services manager for West Berkshire Council, urges local authorities to make use of the Local Government Digital Service Standard (LGDSS) in order to exploit the full opportun...

Get what you pay for, and only pay for what you get

19.04.18: Matthew Sparkes, deputy director for financial services at the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), on the public sector benefits of the brand-new Spend Analysis and Recovery Services framework. Every year, government bodies including central de...

Council cuts waiting times for land searches by 8 weeks

11.04.18: Homebuyers in West Dorset are benefitting from faster land searches after a council implemented new measures. West Dorset District Council put an improvement plan in place in 2016 to deal with a backlog of applications for conveyancing sear...

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Somerset council criticises financial resiliency index and media speculation on its finances

24/09/2018Somerset council criticises financial resiliency index and media speculation on its finances

Somerset County Council has expressed their concerns over the proposed financial resiliency index scheme, saying that “having a relative ra... more >
Edinburgh council plans out £30m cuts to tackle four-year £106m black hole

24/09/2018Edinburgh council plans out £30m cuts to tackle four-year £106m black hole

Edinburgh Council have announced a wave of consultations and set out their four-year plan to tackle their budget gap and growing strains on servi... more >
Cash-strapped Somerset council might still fail to set ‘sustainable budget’ despite massive cuts

24/09/2018Cash-strapped Somerset council might still fail to set ‘sustainable budget’ despite massive cuts

Somerset County Council might still fail to make sufficient savings to establish a “sustainable budget” even after the latest wave of... 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 >
Somerset council criticises financial resiliency index and media speculation on its finances

24/09/2018Somerset council criticises financial resiliency index and media speculation on its finances

Somerset County Council has expressed their concerns over the proposed financial resiliency index scheme, saying that “having a relative ranking of all authorities” will not improve a... more >
Edinburgh council plans out £30m cuts to tackle four-year £106m black hole

24/09/2018Edinburgh council plans out £30m cuts to tackle four-year £106m black hole

Edinburgh Council have announced a wave of consultations and set out their four-year plan to tackle their budget gap and growing strains on services. The council are seeking resident’s... more >

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Social value: what is it and why?

14/09/2018Social value: what is it and why?

Ben Carpenter, chief executive of Social Value UK, discusses the worth of social value, and argues that, before we start measuring social value, we should ask clearly: what is it, and why? Social value is so much more than a value for money exercise. If you see social value as simply a new catchphrase for ‘efficiency savings’... more >
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Crown Commercial Service: Travel solutions on track

10/09/2018Crown Commercial Service: Travel solutions on track

Katrina Williams, head of travel at the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), explains how they are helping government organisations to get the best de... more >
LEPs need to do more for England's countryside

10/09/2018LEPs need to do more for England's countryside

Paul Miner, head of strategic plans and devolution at the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), highlights the findings of a recent survey wh... more >
What about social care?

10/09/2018What about social care?

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, looks at the exclusion of social care from the government’s rece... more >
Re-evaluating public service reforms

10/09/2018Re-evaluating public service reforms

Chris Painter, professor emeritus at Birmingham City University, explores the paradox of reform principles persisting despite mounting evidence a... more >

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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 >
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 >
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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