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Local authorities given new powers for virtual public meetings

03.04.20: Local authorities across England have been given new powers to enable virtual public meetings using video or telephone conferencing technology. From tomorrow (Apr 4) the new powers will come into play and local councils will be able to hold...

Economic Resilience Fund worth £500m announced by Welsh Gov

30.03.20: First Minister of the Welsh Government Mark Drakeford has announced a new £500m fund today (Mar 30) to further support the Welsh economy. In addition to the wider economy, businesses and charities facing an unstable period or decline...

Birmingham City Council calls for delay to Clean Air Zone

25.03.20: Birmingham City Council has addressed central government this week (Mar 23) calling for a delay to the launch of its Clean Air Zone. As regions across the country battle with Covid-19 restrictions, workers and residents in Birmingham are ne...

LGA: Coronavirus Bill positive but further powers wanted

23.03.20: The Local Government Association (LGA) has published a briefing on the government’s Coronavirus Bill, debated by MPs today. The LGA, which represents councils across England and Wales, outlines the measures in the bill deemed positive...

Gov launches coronavirus business support worth £330bn

23.03.20: From today (Mon 23) businesses struggling to stay afloat amid the coronavirus pandemic will be able to access government support. Announced by the Treasury and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the funding pot...

IED: The budget should be "ripped up" in light of Covid-19

19.03.20: “I think the budget should be ripped up; I think that budget is now a piece of fiction.” The Executive Director of the Institute of Economic Development (IED), Nigel Wilcox has written a report outlining the immediate, medium an...

GBSLEP investment passes £180m milestone

17.03.20: Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) has unlocked over £182m in Local Growth Fund investment since 2014. Businesses and residents in the area have seen 5764 new jobs created and 1379 new homes made a...

Lancashire County Council raises £350m through UKMBA

16.03.20: Lancashire County Council has raised £350m from UK Municipal Bonds Agency (UKMBA) over a five-year period at a fixed-rate deal at a rate of SONIA+80bps, which will be used to meet Lancashire’s short-term capital borrowing needs....

Government consultation on safer pavements for pedestrians set out

12.03.20: The Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps has set out new proposals today (Mar 12) to tackle pavement parking and make pavements safer and more accessible. New proposals specifically aim to improve the safety of people with mobility or sight im...

Budget 2020: A "new era" for the country

11.03.20: New Chancellor Rishi Sunak has delivered his first Budget today, (Mar 11) less than a month after taking on the role. Mr Sunak began the Budget speech by addressing the issue of coronavirus with a £30bn “fiscal stimulus”...

London Councils need ‘budget freedom’ to tackle homelessness

11.03.20: London boroughs are calling for more council freedom in today’s budget (Mar 11) to allow them to take control of the housing crisis in their region, by having the funds to build more affordable homes. Representative group London Counc...

UK2070 report published exposing “over-centralised” system

27.02.20: The UK2070 Commission has published its final report ‘Make No Little Plans – Acting At Scale For A Fairer And Stronger Future’ today (Feb 27) at MediaCityUK in Salford. When issuing the report Chair Lord Kerslake called on...

Government confirms £49.2bn spending increase for councils

25.02.20: The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has today (Feb 25) announced a £49.2bn investment into local council funding, the largest increase in councils’ spending power for a decade. The Local Government Secretar...

Northern Housing Consortium calls for government action

20.02.20: The Northern Housing Consortium (NHC) has called for government action to ‘level-up’ housing in the North as new study highlights disproportionate cut-backs in northern councils. The scale of housing cut-backs in northern counci...

National Leadership Centre: Helping public sector leaders

20.02.20: Source: PSE Feb/March 2020   In the 2017 Autumn budget, an announcement was made for a Public Service Leadership Academy, to help share best practice across public services and drive productivity. The Chancellor believed that...

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New procurement guidance to ease cash flow pressures on suppliers

06/04/2020New procurement guidance to ease cash flow pressures on suppliers

In response to the Covid-19 crisis, the Cabinet Office has actioned an immediate change to the use of procurement cards, to improve organisations... more >
Hackney Council now using 100% renewable electricity

06/04/2020Hackney Council now using 100% renewable electricity

Hackney Council has announced that 100% of its electricity is now supplied by renewable sources. The change, which came into effect last wee... more >
£20m tech fund to boost UK resilience following coronavirus

03/04/2020£20m tech fund to boost UK resilience following coronavirus

A funding package worth £20m has been announced by Government today (Apr 3) to help businesses boost the UK’s resilience to the long-... 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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Prevention: Investing for the future

Prevention: Investing for the future

Rob Whiteman, CEO at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance (CIPFA), discusses the benefits of long-term preventative investment. Rising demand, reducing resource – this has been th... more > more last word articles >
New procurement guidance to ease cash flow pressures on suppliers

06/04/2020New procurement guidance to ease cash flow pressures on suppliers

In response to the Covid-19 crisis, the Cabinet Office has actioned an immediate change to the use of procurement cards, to improve organisations’ efficiency and ensure payments are made al... more >
Hackney Council now using 100% renewable electricity

06/04/2020Hackney Council now using 100% renewable electricity

Hackney Council has announced that 100% of its electricity is now supplied by renewable sources. The change, which came into effect last week, is part of the council’s action plan to r... more >

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What came first, the bad customer or the bad customer service?

17/03/2020What came first, the bad customer or the bad customer service?

Source: PSE Feb/March 20 Stephen Bahooshy, Senior Commissioning Manager and Nicky Selwyn, Carer and Service User Group Chair, Croydon Council.   Here it is, that age old question: What came first, the bad customer or the bad customer service? (Or maybe we just made that up, whatever). But it’s true though, right? We w... more >
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Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Being on the receiving end of some “thanks” can make communit... more >
How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

19/06/2019How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

Tom Chance, director at the National Community Land Trust Network, argues that community-led initiatives are a productive way of helping to solve... more >
Aberdeen's green transport fleet attracting international attention

19/06/2019Aberdeen's green transport fleet attracting international attention

Aberdeen City Council’s hydrogen spokesperson, councillor Philip Bell, highlights the Granite City’s determination to play a leading ... more >
A fifth of public sector workers have never received a thank you from the people they serve

13/06/2019A fifth of public sector workers have never received a thank you from the people they serve

A fifth of the country’s public sector workers say they have NEVER received a ‘thank you’ for doing their job as Public Service... more >

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Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

17/12/2018Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

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. Bu... more >
Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

17/12/2018Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

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

05/11/2018New Dorset Councils CEO on the creation of a new unitary: ‘This is going to be the right decision for Dorset’

The new chief executive of one of the new unitary authorities in Dorset has outlined his approach to culture and work with employees, arguing tha... more >
Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

15/10/2018Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

On 6 September, the biggest decision-makers of the north joined forces to celebrate and debate how to drive innovation and improvement through th... more >

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