Innovation and Efficiency

Spending Review: Chances are you’ll have to get smarter with budget, but how?

05.11.18: PSE's Daniel Broadley takes a look at smarter, data-driven ways of working to improve value-based spending ahead of next year's Spending Review.  It’s been almost 10 years since austerity measures first scythed through the public...

Councils face £30bn bill unless private firms act with ‘fairness and decency’

30.10.18: Councils could find themselves with a massive £30bn bill if private firms fail to improve how they deliver local services, according to a new report from Localis. The report, ‘Ethical Commercialism,’ found that moving all...

Councils get free access to satellite images and data from UK space programme

26.10.18: Councils are to be provided with free access to thousands of satellite images and radar data from satellites to help with planning and development projects. The UK Space Agency’s Space for Smarter Government Programme (SSGP) will give...

What cities should become

15.10.18: Tom Leaver, project manager at Future Cities Catapult, examines the rationale behind the creation of the City Data Sharing Toolkit, and explores how this is driving a seismic shift in how cities evolve into our data-rich future. We’re...

IfG: Unpopular funding reform decisions ahead as easiest council cuts have already been made

12.10.18: The easiest savings across the public sector have already been made and choices of where to cut corners are getting increasingly harder, meaning the government will soon have to face tough decisions on the future of public service financing. ...

London Councils award £47m boost to improve digital infrastructure

09.10.18: London Councils has awarded £47m to fund major projects to improve digital infrastructure in the capital. The £46.83m comes from the business rates retention scheme currently being piloted in London and will fund eight projects...

Tees Valley signs off £5m fund for ‘metals industry of the future’ years after SSI closure

28.09.18: A £4.6m investment which will bring a revolutionary metals project to the north east has been signed off by the mayor of the Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA). The investment will allow for the development and manufacturing of spe...

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...

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South Tyneside Council could be lumped with £7.6m PFI bill if closure of ‘inadequate’ school goes ahead

16/11/2018South Tyneside Council could be lumped with £7.6m PFI bill if closure of ‘inadequate’ school goes ahead

A South Shields council could be burdened with a massive £7.6m PFI bill if a poorly-rated secondary school in the area is forced to close, ... more >
Council to axe finance director as part of bid to plug £35m budget shortfall

16/11/2018Council to axe finance director as part of bid to plug £35m budget shortfall

Staffordshire County Council is to cut its own senior leadership team as the authority tries to tackle a £35m funding gap in its budget. ... more >
Cumbria council mulls over plans for major ‘one-stop-shop’ local government reshuffle

16/11/2018Cumbria council mulls over plans for major ‘one-stop-shop’ local government reshuffle

Council members at Cumbria County Council debated yesterday the possibility of abolishing their current local government structure in favour of a... 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 >
South Tyneside Council could be lumped with £7.6m PFI bill if closure of ‘inadequate’ school goes ahead

16/11/2018South Tyneside Council could be lumped with £7.6m PFI bill if closure of ‘inadequate’ school goes ahead

A South Shields council could be burdened with a massive £7.6m PFI bill if a poorly-rated secondary school in the area is forced to close, it has been revealed. South Tyneside Council ... more >
Council to axe finance director as part of bid to plug £35m budget shortfall

16/11/2018Council to axe finance director as part of bid to plug £35m budget shortfall

Staffordshire County Council is to cut its own senior leadership team as the authority tries to tackle a £35m funding gap in its budget. The number of directors on its leadership team ... more >

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Social value in public procurement

12/11/2018Social value in public procurement

Rose Lasko-Skinner, researcher at Reform, is currently working on a paper looking at choice and competition in the public sector and has written on how failure to understand risk makes for poor procurement practices. Here, she discusses the importance of social value. The “state of crisis” declared in HM Prison Birmingham in A... more >
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The digital buying community is live

12/11/2018The digital buying community is live

Many of the requirements from buyers posted on the Digital Marketplace were either non-compliant or poorly worded, which resulted in challenges f... more >
A force to be reckoned with

12/11/2018A force to be reckoned with

The South Bank plan, which refers to a number of investments and proposed activities across a massive plot of land south of the River Aire, is on... more >
Less for less: the risk of 'core offers'

12/11/2018Less for less: the risk of 'core offers'

As councils across England struggle with their finances in the face of massive cuts from central government, Simon Edwards, director of the Count... more >
A two-speed England

05/11/2018A two-speed England

Central government needs to change its approach to local transport planning and investment, including by consolidating funding and maximising dev... more >

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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 >
Cllr Cutts on dealing with children’s services pressures: ‘I can’t magic money out of the air’

26/09/2018Cllr Cutts on dealing with children’s services pressures: ‘I can’t magic money out of the air’

The leader of Nottinghamshire County Council has outlined her priorities for dealing with soaring demand of children’s services and social ... more >
Nottinghamshire considers unitary shake-up proposals in a bid to balance books

05/09/2018Nottinghamshire considers unitary shake-up proposals in a bid to balance books

Nottinghamshire County Council is considering proposals to scrap its current two-tier structure for a new unitary system in order to save on... more >

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