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Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

17.12.18: It’s no secret that the public sector and its service providers need to invest in technology to help make better use of their resources. But is it really just as simple as buying new software? Simon Dennis, director of artificial intellige...

Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

17.12.18: One of the public sector’s key technology partners has recently welcomed a new member to its team. Matt Spencer, O2’s head of public sector sales, speaks to PSE’s Luana Salles about what a day in his life looks like, and how th...

New Dorset Councils CEO on the creation of a new unitary: ‘This is going to be the right decision for Dorset’

05.11.18: The new chief executive of one of the new unitary authorities in Dorset has outlined his approach to culture and work with employees, arguing that this will be the “right decision” for the county. Speaking to PSE, Matt Prosser...

Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

15.10.18: On 6 September, the biggest decision-makers of the north joined forces to celebrate and debate how to drive innovation and improvement through the region in the first-ever Convention of the North. Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester an...

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

26.09.18: The leader of Nottinghamshire County Council has outlined her priorities for dealing with soaring demand of children’s services and social care around the country, arguing that she cannot “magic money out of the air.” In a...

Nottinghamshire considers unitary shake-up proposals in a bid to balance books

05.09.18: Nottinghamshire County Council is considering proposals to scrap its current two-tier structure for a new unitary system in order to save on costs. Senior politicians will meet at County Hall on 6 September for the first of a series of...

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...

Michael King: Time for Ombudsman reform

06.08.18: 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 local government and social care ombudsman (LGSCO). Here, he talks to PSE’s Daniel Broadley to...

Modern policing: the future is bright

06.08.18: SPONSORED INTERVIEW The public sector, and policing in particular, has often been criticised as being slow to adapt to change. But now, says Louise Fellows, O2’s new managing partner for Homes Affairs, things are changing. She sits down...

Data at the heart of digital transformation

03.04.18: SPONSORED INTERVIEW Grant Caley, UK & Ireland chief technologist at NetApp, speaks to PSE’s Luana Salles about the benefits of moving to a hybrid cloud model to manage data flexibly and seamlessly. In a world shifting toward di...

GDPR: The public sector scarecrow

03.04.18: SPONSORED INTERVIEW PSE’s Josh Mines chats to Martin de Martini, CIO of Y Soft, about what the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will mean for the public sector and how it manages its physical information. GDPR, the regulat...

Keeping London safe

05.03.18: Theo Blackwell, London’s first-ever chief digital officer (CDO), speaks to PSE’s Luana Salles about the role he plays in ensuring the capital remains responsive to the growing and global cyber security threat. London mayor Sadiq...

BIM: Digitising the public sector

19.02.18: PSE’s Josh Mines talks to Stephen Crompton, CTO at GroupBC, and Stuart Bell, the company’s sales and marketing director, about how Building Information Modelling is set to transform the construction industry. Building Informatio...

Duncan Selbie: The energy of devolution

19.02.18: The NHS plays a part in keeping the country well – but when it comes to places and their people, local government has a major role to fulfil. PSE’s Luana Salles hears from Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Public Health England (PHE)...

Are we taking a risk on education?

14.12.17: Adrian Prandle, director of economic strategy and negotiations at the National Education Union (NEU), questions the stark lack of announcements around education funding and staffing in this year’s Autumn Budget. Back in July, educatio...

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Councils Can: LGA launches Spending Review campaign

18/03/2019Councils Can: LGA launches Spending Review campaign

Lord Porter, chairman of the Local Government Association, outlines his organisation’s campaign to make sure local government tops to government’s list for this year’s Spending Review. Our #CouncilsCan campaign to influence this year’s Spending Review is well underway and gathering momentum. The money local governm... more >
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Camberley inspired: investment and regeneration

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The decline of the Great British high street has been one of the greatest concerns for local councils in recent years, leading to some innovative... more >
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The National Infrastructure Commission’s (NIC) National Infrastructure Assessment was released in July 2018, making a variety of recommenda... more >
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The importance of openness after Grenfell

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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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Flexible working being led by the public sector, Softworks survey finds

26/02/2019Flexible working being led by the public sector, Softworks survey finds

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Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

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