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McMahon: I worry that the public are not part of the devolution conversation

20.12.16: Jim McMahon, Labour’s shadow minister for local government and devolution, talks to PSE’s David Stevenson about the need to radically rethink how public services are funded and how the country is governed. A national framework f...

Solace president mandate: Champion diversity and celebrate great public services

20.12.16: Jo Miller, the recently-elected president of Solace, talks to PSE about the need for championing great public services and ensuring inclusion at every level. Public services and public leadership, done well, helps places and people thrive...

The secret to the success of one public estate

19.08.16: Central government has faced strong criticism of its many estate schemes in recent years, but one in particular seems to steer clear of the backlash. Bruce Mann, executive director of the Government Property Unit (GPU), reveals the secret to One...

Joint ventures: Are we better together?

19.04.16: Vivien Holland, local government advisory director at Grant Thornton UK LLP, examines the potential of Joint Ventures for local authorities going forward. Local government is continuing to innovate and change as it looks for ways to protect...

London needs a new deal to tackle the housing crisis

13.04.16: Tackling the capital’s housing crisis will require co-operation across all levels of government and a coherent devolution deal, according to the London Housing Commission’s final report. Its chair, Lord Bob Kerslake, writes for PSE o...

What would Brexit mean for UK public agencies?

07.04.16: Anand Menon, professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at King’s College London, looks at the potential impact of Brexit on public agencies in the UK. Everyone wants to know what Brexit might mean for them, and answers are in...

Local government as a platform: The power to transform

16.02.16: Leigh Whitehouse, joint chief executive at Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, explains how Government as a Platform can be the catalyst for changing the delivery of local public services for the better. The advent of austerity, more com...

Joining up local flooding policy

14.02.16: Dr Andy Johnson, chief operating officer of the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU), reflects on the response to the recent flooding across the UK and why policymakers should prioritise flood recovery. It is time to reflect on the gove...

London ‘on the precipice of digital change’

12.02.16: Kulveer Ranger, director of digital public services at Atos and former transport and digital advisor to the mayor of London, discusses how technology will shape the way London’s citizens engage with public services in the future. Lond...

TfN aims to take the burden off under-pressure councils

14.12.15: David Brown, the recently appointed chief executive of Transport for the North, explains why it is important the north speaks with a single, clear voice. He was talking to PSE’s David Stevenson. Transport for the North (TfN) can help...

A more unified approach needed for devolution: Lord Kerslake

08.12.15: Lord Kerslake, who chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Reform, Decentralisation and Devolution, talks about the emerging themes from the inquiry. Devolution needs a “guiding set of principles”, PSE has been told...

‘LGA will have to earn its corn’: Interview with Mark Lloyd

03.12.15: Mark Lloyd, the new CEO at the Local Government Association (LGA), says that retaining councils as members depends on representing them effectively. As local authorities are likely to be faced with tough decisions to implement service reduc...

Single-word judgements ‘inappropriate’ for complex children’s services

13.10.15: Alison O’Sullivan, president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS), talks to PSE about the challenges facing the sector. Ofsted’s use of single-word judgements for rating council-run children’...

Breaking down cultural barriers to deliver digital transformation

13.10.15: Mike Beaven, director of digital at Methods Digital, who was until recently the transformation director for the Government Digital Service, talks to PSE about the opportunities and challenges facing local government in delivering world-class dig...

Integration vital to tackling mental health in the capital

19.08.15: Dr Onkar Sahota AM, chair of the London Assembly Health Committee, discusses the urgent need to integrate mental health services. David Stevenson reports. At any one time more than a million adults in London are estimated to have mental hea...

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And justice for all

23/02/2017And justice for all

Nothing less than a ‘whole-place’ pooling of public service budgets and devolution of criminal justice system powers to local level can create the conditions for community transformation, argue former communities secretary Hazel Blears and Lord Patel, chairman of the Mental Health Act Commission. Reform of the Criminal Justice... more >
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Shaping the future of local government through districts

23/02/2017Shaping the future of local government through districts

Mark Pawsey (pictured), the MP for Rugby and the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for District Councils, explains why he hopes t... more >
Bristol: the booming smart city

23/02/2017Bristol: the booming smart city

Barney Smith, CEO at Bristol Is Open, explains how the innovative project can help make cities more liveable and sustainable. Bristol is the... more >
Where next for devolution?

23/02/2017Where next for devolution?

Andrew Walker, policy expert on devolution at the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU), explains why devolution in England needs a shot in th... more >
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