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Automatic registration key to boosting election turnout

20.03.17: “Ambitious reform” is urgently needed to ensure as many people as possible are able to exercise their right to vote in the future, a report by the Electoral Commission, the body who independently oversee elections, has stated. L...

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough £800m devolution deal approved

20.03.17: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s £800m devolution deal, which will see the region receive greater powers to run their area, has been given the green light by the DCLG. At a visit to the Boathouse Business Centre in Wisbech, com...

Full council powers returned to Tower Hamlets

17.03.17: Full powers will now be returned to Tower Hamlets as the government announced it was removing all its commissioners from the area. Rights such as grant making, procurement and the sale of property were removed from the council in 2014...

Kerslake: Jury is out on how ‘grudgingly accepted’ devo mayors will be received

17.03.17: The jury is out on how some of the new metro mayors will be received when they are elected in May, Lord Kerslake has told PSE, as many of them have been “grudgingly accepted” as part of securing new devolutionary funding and powers. ...

Tees Valley mayor must prioritise ‘high and persistent’ unemployment from day one

16.03.17: The new Tees Valley metro mayor has been recommended three major priorities to focus on when they take office after 4 May to make the devolved region a success, a report by Centre for Cities has outlined today. The think identified a number...

Devolution deals damaged by ‘endless tinkering’ by central government

15.03.17: “Endless tinkering” with government policy and reorganisation has done damage to regional devolution deals, a report by Institute for Government (IfG) has warned, arguing that the current government’s lack of support for devolu...

Oxfordshire County Council to submit controversial unitary bid to DCLG

15.03.17: The bid to turn Oxfordshire into a unitary authority has been formally approved by Oxfordshire County Council, opening the doors for the authority to submit the proposal to DCLG later this year. The proposal, called ‘A new council for...

Private Surrey letters reignite possibility of secret deal between council and DCLG

10.03.17: Private communications between Whitehall and Surrey County Council published today have revealed possible collusion between the authority and government surrounding Surrey being given extra funding in return for calling off its referendum propos...

Turn down devolution deals unless plans involve third sector, Whitehall told

07.03.17: Whitehall should not sign any other devolution deals unless organisations can prove that the voluntary sector was involved in the development of these plans, as well as how it can be involved in the implementation process, the National Council f...

Revised unitary plans published for Oxfordshire, but remain divisive

03.03.17: A revised proposal to abolish Oxfordshire’s two-tier structure and replace it with one unitary council has been published today by three Oxfordshire councils, but this has still divided opinion across local government in the region. T...

Oxfordshire devolution deal ‘dead’ as councils wage unitary row

28.02.17: The proposed devolution deal for the Oxfordshire region has hit an obstacle as a feud between the county council and the region’s district councils over a unification deal has caused disagreement. Previously, a devolution deal was bei...

Lincolnshire drops plan for 'unlawful' referendum on council unitary

27.02.17: Lincolnshire County Council has dropped plans to hold a public referendum into forming a unitary authority system for the region after a lawyer said it would be “unlawful” to hold the vote on the same day as local elections. The...

Lancashire still pushing for devo deal despite two councils withdrawing support

24.02.17: Plans put forward for a devolution deal to join together 15 councils in Lancashire in a combined authority will still go ahead, despite two councils withdrawing their support. All of Lancashire’s authorities besides Wyre had agreed to...

Northern leaders call for further devolution from ‘out of touch’ Whitehall

22.02.17: A number of northern council CEOs and senior councillors have united in calling for more powers to be devolved to northern councils to maximise the economic benefits of the Northern Powerhouse plan and give control to local authorities to determ...

How England’s new metro mayors can learn from Ken, Boris and Sadiq

20.02.17: London’s current and former mayors offer important lessons on the opportunities – and potential pitfalls – the new metro mayors will face, argues Alexandra Jones, chief executive of Centre for Cities. In May this year, new...

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London councils join Design Council scheme to address major social issues

22/03/2017London councils join Design Council scheme to address major social issues

Councils in London will work with design experts as part of a new programme aiming to help authorities address problems with homelessness, homeca... more >
Localis: Industrial reform must be driven and led at local level

22/03/2017Localis: Industrial reform must be driven and led at local level

The government’s industrial strategy should be driven and led at a local level by handing space and powers to leaders to allow them to dict... more >
DCLG returns most powers to Rotherham council

22/03/2017DCLG returns most powers to Rotherham council

Most decision-making powers will now be returned to Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council by the DCLG, a statement by communities secretary Saji... more >

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21/02/2017Untapped potential

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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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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Why opening up procurement matters to the UK public sector

22/03/2017Why opening up procurement matters to the UK public sector

Rob Levene, managing director of Bloom, explains why opening up procurement is important to the UK public sector.  Procuring products and services by the UK public sector is big business. The central government procurement budget is estimated to be worth £40bn. So it is no surprise that procurement is a subject that generates a... more >
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Time to embrace change

01/03/2017Time to embrace change

The way we work is changing. As a profession, we must be ready to embrace it, writes James Driver on behalf of the Association for Project Manage... more >
Digital Marketplace: reaching far and wide in the public sector

01/03/2017Digital Marketplace: reaching far and wide in the public sector

Over the next few months, the Government Digital Service (GDS) wants to get a better understanding of how local government and the wider public s... more >
The challenges for innovative procurement

27/02/2017The challenges for innovative procurement

Malcolm Harbour CBE, who wrote Parliament’s first report on innovation in public procurement in 2008 and now chairs the LGA Task and Finish... more >
Glasgow points the way forward for IoT future

27/02/2017Glasgow points the way forward for IoT future

Dr Mark Begbie, business development director at CENSIS, the Scottish Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems, explores how Glasgow is l... more >

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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 >
Solace president mandate: Champion diversity and celebrate great public services

20/12/2016Solace president mandate: Champion diversity and celebrate great public services

Jo Miller, the recently-elected president of Solace, talks to PSE about the need for championing great public services and ensuring inclusion at ... more >
The secret to the success of one public estate

19/08/2016The secret to the success of one public estate

Central government has faced strong criticism of its many estate schemes in recent years, but one in particular seems to steer clear of the backl... more >

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