National and Devolved Politics

Dorset merger could be at risk as Christchurch finds new route to legal challenge

20.04.18: There might still be a lawful route to legally challenge the government’s decision to merge councils across Dorset, Christchurch Borough Council has claimed. In board papers released ahead of a meeting on 24 April, the local authority...

North of Tyne devolution deal suffers another setback

20.04.18: The planned vote on 17 April on the North of Tyne devolution deal was suspended for a second time, giving the current combined authority’s plans for devolution yet another delay. The deal first fell apart back in September 2016 when f...

Former public services director general to lead business rates review

19.04.18: Andrew Hudson is to lead an independent review into the processes and procedures underpinning the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s business rates governance. The former director general for public services has previ...

Welsh Council appoints new acting chief exec

18.04.18: Powys County Council has appointed a new acting chief executive to support it with transformation and improvement work. Dr. Mohammed Mehmet has been awarded the position, having previously been the chief executive of Denbighshire County Council...

Troubled Northamptonshire sells HQ for £64m to avoid ‘far more service cuts’

17.04.18: Northamptonshire County Council has accepted a sale and leaseback of its One Angel Square headquarters for £64m. The council says that the sale and leaseback of the building will help to fund the transformation of services and governance...

Struggling Northamptonshire appoints new leader

16.04.18: Troubled Northamptonshire County Council has appointed a new leader at a full council meeting last week. Cllr Matthew Golby, who was elected to the council in 2009, was selected as leader of the cash-strapped council on 10 April. He became cabi...

IFS: Business rates pilots a strategic central move to push for controversial reforms

13.04.18: The ‘no detriment’ clauses in the 100% business rates retention pilots mean that it is not possible to establish how councils would respond to falls in income if the policy is rolled out, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has warn...

Former Rochdale council leader lied under oath to child sex abuse inquiry

12.04.18: A recently-resigned Rochdale council leader has been suspended by the Labour Party and is facing a police investigation after an official child abuse inquiry found he lied under oath during the hearing. The document, made by the Independent...

Suffolk councils put merger plans on hold until 2020

09.04.18: Two Suffolk district councils have put their merger plans on hold until a review of the local government structure has been carried out. Babergh and Mid Suffolk district councils have previously argued that the preferred option for the area is...

UK devolved policy will be under serious strain after Brexit, says IfG

09.04.18: Environment, agriculture and fisheries, designed to function within the EU, are no longer fit for purpose outside the Union according to a study by Institute for Government (IfG). The report says that once the UK leaves the European Union...

Council considers axing chief executive role

06.04.18: Following the announcement that chief executive Dorcas Bunton is to retire on 31 May, councillors of Derbyshire Dales District Council will next week consider whether or not to axe the top role.  Bunton, has worked in the public sector...

Betts asks Javid to ‘formalise’ local government engagement on Brexit

05.04.18: The Housing, Communities and Local Government (HCLG) Committee has called for more details on funding and addressing the skills gap brought about by Brexit. In a letter to housing, communities and local government secretary Sajid Javid, the cha...

Tory South Oxfordshire leader resigns ahead of elections

05.04.18: South Oxfordshire District Council leader Cllr John Cotton is to step down, he has announced. In a statement on Twitter, the councillor confirmed “with some sadness” that he would not be submitting his name for the upcoming Conserva...

Households to be hit with 5.1% council tax increase

04.04.18: The average household is to see its council tax bill increase by 5.1%, the government has announced. According to the latest government figures, 148 out of 152 authorities plan on utilising some or all of the 3% adult social care precept when s...

Oxford council forms own enterprise as private income nears legal limits

04.04.18: Oxford City Council has formed a wholly-owned social enterprise which will be responsible for delivering the council’s statutory services. The enterprise, Oxford Direct Services Ltd (ODS), will continue to deliver the statutory services c...

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Dorset merger could be at risk as Christchurch finds new route to legal challenge

20/04/2018Dorset merger could be at risk as Christchurch finds new route to legal challenge

There might still be a lawful route to legally challenge the government’s decision to merge councils across Dorset, Christchurch Borough Co... more >
North of Tyne devolution deal suffers another setback

20/04/2018North of Tyne devolution deal suffers another setback

The planned vote on 17 April on the North of Tyne devolution deal was suspended for a second time, giving the current combined authority’s ... more >
Councils should be able to confiscate criminal landlords’ properties, MPs say

20/04/2018Councils should be able to confiscate criminal landlords’ properties, MPs say

Local councils should be empowered to confiscate properties belonging to criminal landlords who exploit vulnerable tenants, MPs said today. ... more >

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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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The importance of openness after Grenfell

The importance of openness after Grenfell

Following the recent Grenfell Tower tragedy, Lord Porter, chairman of the LGA, argues that if the public are going to have faith in the safety testing process then everything must be out in the o... more > more last word articles >
North of Tyne devolution deal suffers another setback

20/04/2018North of Tyne devolution deal suffers another setback

The planned vote on 17 April on the North of Tyne devolution deal was suspended for a second time, giving the current combined authority’s plans for devolution yet another delay. The d... more >
Council leader steps down amidst data breach probe

19/04/2018Council leader steps down amidst data breach probe

The leader of St Helen’s Council has resigned to protect his local authority while police investigate a “possible data breach.” It is believed that the allegations, which Barri... more >

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The complexities of Brexit and the hunt for exceptional data scientists

16/04/2018The complexities of Brexit and the hunt for exceptional data scientists

Christopher Gallagher, public sector – SAS, says it’s imperative that organisations have the most experienced data scientists at hand. The Civil Service is feeling immense Brexit stress. Making the right decisions, analysing the ‘best interests’ of the nation as a whole, as well as discrete segments of the populati... more >
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Councils must start preparing for the Autumn Budget now

19/04/2018Councils must start preparing for the Autumn Budget now

This year will provide the opportunity to develop conversations about local government finance in order to ensure councils stop running on empty,... more >
Get what you pay for, and only pay for what you get

19/04/2018Get what you pay for, and only pay for what you get

Matthew Sparkes, deputy director for financial services at the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), on the public sector benefits of the brand-new Spe... more >
Employment support must work for all

19/04/2018Employment support must work for all

London’s new Work and Health Programmes (WHPs), which have now gone live, will help thousands more people get into work across the capital,... more >
Creating a common digital direction

19/04/2018Creating a common digital direction

Phil Rumens, chair of the LocalGov Digital Steering Group and digital services manager for West Berkshire Council, urges local authorities to mak... more >

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Data at the heart of digital transformation

03/04/2018Data at the heart of digital transformation

SPONSORED INTERVIEW Grant Caley, UK & Ireland chief technologist at NetApp, speaks to PSE’s Luana Salles about the benefits of movin... more >
GDPR: The public sector scarecrow

03/04/2018GDPR: The public sector scarecrow

SPONSORED INTERVIEW PSE’s Josh Mines chats to Martin de Martini, CIO of Y Soft, about what the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)... more >
Keeping London safe

05/03/2018Keeping London safe

Theo Blackwell, London’s first-ever chief digital officer (CDO), speaks to PSE’s Luana Salles about the role he plays in ensuring the... more >
BIM: Digitising the public sector

19/02/2018BIM: Digitising the public sector

PSE’s Josh Mines talks to Stephen Crompton, CTO at GroupBC, and Stuart Bell, the company’s sales and marketing director, about how Bu... more >

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