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Manchester leaders thank public for £4.1m donations to attack fund

26.05.17: Local leaders in Manchester have heaped praise on the public after £4.1m was raised in support of survivors of the terrorist attack on Monday in just 48 hours. Two of Manchester’s biggest football clubs as well as countless memb...

Leese vows ‘fear and division’ won’t win following terror attack

25.05.17: The leader of Manchester City Council, Sir Richard Leese, has sent a powerful message of defiance in the face of the most terrible terrorist attack the city has ever seen. He vowed to not let “fear and division” win as he sent a...

Liverpool CEO temporarily ‘steps aside’ following arrest

25.05.17: The chief executive of Liverpool City Council has been forced to temporarily step down from his role after he was arrested due to financial problems with tendering contracts to BT. In a statement released by the local authority, Liverpool m...

Metro mayors rally around Manchester after terror attack

24.05.17: England’s metro mayors have rallied around Manchester after it suffered the worst attack in its history. Around 10.30pm on Monday evening, a suicide bomber detonated an explosive in the foyer of the Manchester Arena at the end of a co...

Counties back pledges to scrap ‘arbitrary’ mayors for devo deals

22.05.17: County councils have welcomed the decision taken by the three main political parties to drop plans that would stop areas without a directly elected mayor asking for devolution deals. In a statement released by the County Councils Network (C...

Oxfordshire unitary advocate remains head of county council

18.05.17: Plans for a unitary authority in Oxfordshire look set to remain on the table as Ian Hudspeth, a major advocate of the proposals, has retained his place as leader of the Oxfordshire County Council. At a vote on Tuesday, Hudspeth allegedly st...

Civil Service ‘not even close’ to being ready for post-Brexit trade

17.05.17: Civil Service workers and ministers are currently “not even close” to being ready to negotiate new global trading relationships, according to the Institute for Government (IfG). In a report called ‘Taking Back Control of T...

Labour claims to be ‘party of devolution’ in ambitious manifesto

16.05.17: Labour has described itself as the “party of devolution,” in its manifesto announced by leader Jeremy Corbyn today that lays out a number of ambitious targets for the party if elected to government. This follows a think-tank las...

Metro mayors appoint whitewashed leadership teams

15.05.17: The newly elected mayors of the West Midlands and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authorities have announced their choices for deputy mayors. And the mayors have selected deputies who are entirely white men, meaning that the vast m...

Conservative-led coalition to run Nottinghamshire CC

10.05.17: Following last week’s county council elections, the Conservative Party and Mansfield Independent Forum have entered into a coalition to run Nottinghamshire CC. After the votes were cast, the Conservatives won 31 of the 66 seats on the...

Leaders propose single council merger for West Suffolk

09.05.17: The leaders of Forest Heath and St Edmundsbury local authorities have put forward ambitious plans to create a new single council that would lead on all services in West Suffolk. The plan, intended to drive prosperity in the region by buildi...

Metro mayors must work with Khan to reboot devolution revolution

08.05.17: England’s six new metro mayors have been called on to join forces with London mayor Sadiq Khan around a fresh devolution agenda to improve public services and infrastructure in their respective city-regions. The call comes from think...

Despite mayoral criticisms, Leese joins Burnham’s top team

08.05.17: Newly-elected mayor of Manchester Andy Burnham has now selected his leadership team, including Manchester City Council leader Sir Richard Leese as one of his deputy mayors. The appointment comes after Sir Richard last year said in a blog po...

Conservatives and Labour take spoils in mayorals

05.05.17: The Conservatives and Labour were successful in today's mayoral elections, though Corbyn's party has lost significant ground in the local elections.  Andy Burnham has now been elected as first GM metro mayor with a huge margin of 63% o...

LGA: Next government must empower councils with 10 policy promises

05.05.17: Councils have today laid out a 10-point plan that they believe competing political parties should follow in order to boost vital local services for residents as they prepare for the snap election on 8 June. On the day that votes for the loc...

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Tories will take education spending back to 2010 levels, warns IFS

26/05/2017Tories will take education spending back to 2010 levels, warns IFS

Conservative plans to reduce spending on schools would lead to a 7% real-terms cut for the education sector between 2015-16 and 2021-22, accordin... more >
Almost all council websites now optimised for mobile devices

26/05/2017Almost all council websites now optimised for mobile devices

Almost all local councils have now repurposed their websites to present a responsive or mobile site when accessed on a smartphone. In a surv... more >
Manchester leaders thank public for £4.1m donations to attack fund

26/05/2017Manchester leaders thank public for £4.1m donations to attack fund

Local leaders in Manchester have heaped praise on the public after £4.1m was raised in support of survivors of the terrorist attack on Mond... more >

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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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Collaborative working is the key to the future at home and abroad

Collaborative working is the key to the future at home and abroad

David Hawkins, operations director at the Institute for Collaborative Working (ICW), on why ISO 44001 is a new evolution in collaborative working. The past 12 months have seen seismic change... more > more last word articles >
Liverpool CEO temporarily ‘steps aside’ following arrest

25/05/2017Liverpool CEO temporarily ‘steps aside’ following arrest

The chief executive of Liverpool City Council has been forced to temporarily step down from his role after he was arrested due to financial problems with tendering contracts to BT. In a stat... more >
Counties back pledges to scrap ‘arbitrary’ mayors for devo deals

22/05/2017Counties back pledges to scrap ‘arbitrary’ mayors for devo deals

County councils have welcomed the decision taken by the three main political parties to drop plans that would stop areas without a directly elected mayor asking for devolution deals. In a st... more >

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A watershed moment in British democracy

02/05/2017A watershed moment in British democracy

The upcoming mayoral elections represent a watershed moment in the history of British democracy, reports PSE’s Luana Salles.  On 4 May, voters across six regions will take to the polls to decide who should captain their public services until 2020.  As part of the elections, the DCLG has kick-started the ‘Our May... more >
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An integrated approach to greening public transport

28/04/2017An integrated approach to greening public transport

Dave Pearson, director of transport services at West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA), explains how a partnership approach is encouraging more... more >
Unlocking the combination to criminal justice reform

28/04/2017Unlocking the combination to criminal justice reform

If new mayors want to improve the life chances of their communities, help the most vulnerable and trailblaze public service reform, then criminal... more >
Improving information sharing to support integration

28/04/2017Improving information sharing to support integration

Kevin Kewin, a senior adviser in the Care and Health Improvement Programme at the LGA, explains how social care can be transformed through the us... more >
Putting digital at the heart of service delivery

28/04/2017Putting digital at the heart of service delivery

Following the recent Smart Essex Digital Summit, which was hosted by Essex County Council, David Wilde, executive director and chief information ... more >

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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 >
New social care funding misses the point

13/04/2017New social care funding misses the point

Clive Betts MP, chair of the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee, reflects on the social care funding released in this year’s ... more >
Leading transformational change through procurement

01/03/2017Leading transformational change through procurement

Liz Welton, chair of the Society of Procurement Officers in Local Government (SOPO), tells PSE’s David Stevenson why there are lots of oppo... more >
McMahon: I worry that the public are not part of the devolution conversation

20/12/2016McMahon: I worry that the public are not part of the devolution conversation

Jim McMahon, Labour’s shadow minister for local government and devolution, talks to PSE’s David Stevenson about the need to radically... more >

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