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Some libraries are better than others

06.01.17: Helen Milner, chief executive of Good Things Foundation, formerly the Tinder Foundation, expands on the organisation’s recent claims that protecting libraries at all costs could be holding the sector back, and that those which fail to...

Local government must be at the frontline of the fight against poverty

20.10.16: Katharine Knox, policy and research manager at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), on why we must make sure local areas have the powers, incentives and capacity to tackle poverty. In the aftermath of the Brexit vote and with austerity hit...

How prepared is the public sector for the NLW?

31.08.16: Conor D’Arcy, policy analyst at the Resolution Foundation, looks at the potential impact of the National Living Wage (NLW) and apprenticeship levy on public sector employers and the importance of putting a plan in place. “A robo...

Is there a glass ceiling for ethnic minorities in the Civil Service?

02.06.16: Richard Norrie, Research Fellow at Policy Exchange, explains how a new project will attempt to quantify the extent of ethnic minority representation in the Civil Service. The idea of a glass ceiling is simple – you can see the top, bu...

A sustainable health and care settlement is as far away as ever

04.02.16: Helen McKenna, senior policy adviser at The King’s Fund, analyses what the Spending Review means for health and social care. A few weeks before the government announced the Spending Review, Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS Englan...

What’s needed to make public services more responsive to local needs?

19.08.15: Nehal Davison (pictured), senior researcher at the Institute for Government, discusses how a new project will explore what attempts have been made to integrate public service delivery at a local level and make it more responsive to citizen needs...

Stats, facts and evidence in the general election

23.04.15: Is there any hope of getting more evidence into political debates running up to May? Jonathan Breckon, head of the Alliance for Useful Evidence, explores the issues. Surely inconvenient statistics and research go out the window when it come...

Getting it right: restorative justice

01.02.15: Jon Collins, chief executive of the Restorative Justice Council, says restorative justice works – but must be delivered to a high standard. When it’s done right, restorative justice changes lives. It offers victims the opportuni...

Professionally disabled

13.12.14: Andy Rickell, CEO of Action on Disability and Work UK and a government adviser on disability issues, talks about the barriers and challenges for disabled people entering the professions. By very definition in traditional thought, the term &...

Recovery of public sector exit payments

12.10.14: Paul McFarlane of the Employment Lawyers Association says the government has created confusion and set itself an impossible task with its proposals to claw back public sector managers’ exit payments. In the foreword to its consultatio...

Unconscious bias: it’s all in the subtleties

01.08.14: Over the years negative, hostile behaviour towards women at work has generally been deemed overt sexism and therefore unacceptable. However, the subtle and no less insidious sexism continues to fester in the background, says Snéha Khilay, a...

Six steps to tourism partnerships for the public sector

26.06.14: Nicole New of responsible tourism charity Hidden Britain explains how public sector bodies can help boost tourism and local economies. Investing public sector time in tourism could be a resourceful way to bring economic development into an ar...

Health and wellbeing – is your organisation a potential award winner?

16.04.14: Paul Devoy, head of Investors in People, discusses workplace wellbeing and the upcoming Investors in People Awards. In an ever-stressful working environment, there are several factors that can take a toll on your people. In the recent Investo...

Equal Pay Claims: the unintended consequences

27.02.14: Catriona Aldridge, associate at Dundas & Wilson CS LLP, considers the negative impact of Birmingham’s famous equal pay case. Birmingham City Council (BCC) hit the headlines in January when it was reported that it was considering sel...

Commissioning payment by results contracts: How to ensure you’re paying for the right results

12.12.13: Josie Cluer, who focuses on public service reform at transformation consultancy Moorhouse, discusses one of the biggest trends in public policy. Payment by results (PbR) in the public sector is great in theory. The government contracts with a...

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As PSE went to press, the government had just released its Industrial Strategy green paper, which has an ambitious aim to “improve living standards and economic growth by increasing productivity and driving growth across the whole country”.  Overall, the strategy was welcomed across the public sector. However, as you&rsqu... read more >

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Some libraries are better than others

Some libraries are better than others

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Shaping the future of local government through districts

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Bristol: the booming smart city

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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?

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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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