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Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

25.04.17: Ahead of this year’s mayoral elections, Lord Kerslake, the former head of the Civil Service, tells PSE’s David Stevenson why the arguments for devolution remain as compelling as they always have. In February, Lord Kerslake publi...

New social care funding misses the point

13.04.17: Clive Betts MP, chair of the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee, reflects on the social care funding released in this year’s Spring Budget and the government’s much-anticipated Green Paper. While it is welcome news...

Leading transformational change through procurement

01.03.17: Liz Welton, chair of the Society of Procurement Officers in Local Government (SOPO), tells PSE’s David Stevenson why there are lots of opportunities for public sector procurement professionals to become transformational change agents in th...

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...

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Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

25/04/2017Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

Ahead of this year’s mayoral elections, Lord Kerslake, the former head of the Civil Service, tells PSE’s David Stevenson why the argu... more >
Public sector can lead the UK to an ultra-low emission future

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Engaging voters ahead of May’s elections

24/04/2017Engaging voters ahead of May’s elections

Emma Hartley, head of campaigns at the Electoral Commission, discusses the importance of a collaborative approach to engage voters ahead of this year’s elections.  It’s vital that voters can easily participate in every type of election so that democracy can work. One of the challenges for the Electoral Commission when new... more >
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Public sector can lead the UK to an ultra-low emission future

25/04/2017Public sector can lead the UK to an ultra-low emission future

Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, explains why the public sector has the potential to shape and accelerate the UK automotive market to be entire... more >
Employee financial wellbeing in the public sector

25/04/2017Employee financial wellbeing in the public sector

Charles Cotton, performance and reward adviser to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), analyses the financial wellbeing o... more >
Wigan Council: embracing digital transformation

25/04/2017Wigan Council: embracing digital transformation

Alison McKenzie-Folan, deputy chief executive, director customer transformation at Wigan Council, explains why local authorities, as digital lead... more >
Oxfordshire devolution will boost UK economy

21/04/2017Oxfordshire devolution will boost UK economy

Peter Sloman, chief executive of Oxford City Council, argues that pursuing devolution rather than restructuring local government in the county is... 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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11/04/2017A watershed moment in British politics

The government has now officially triggered Article 50, formally starting the process of Britain’s exit from the EU. How this will affect local government, the wider public sector and the Civil Service remains to be seen, but the likelihood of it being plain sailing with the enormity of the task ahead seems rather unlikely.  It... read more >

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A period of inevitable risk

25/04/2017A period of inevitable risk

Dr Daniel Dresner, information and cyber secu... more >
Using data to enhance public services

25/04/2017Using data to enhance public services

Shane Green, programme manager for business i... more >