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Thurrock Council approves £1bn town centre regeneration scheme to build nearly 3,000 homes

26.04.19: Thurrock Council has approved plans for a £1bn town centre regeneration which will see nearly 3,000 new homes created and generate around 2,200 new jobs. The proposals to transform mainly brownfield sites in Purfleet “into a new...

Potentially fatal road repair sees highways firm fined by Surrey County Council

26.04.19: Surrey County Council has fined its highways maintenance contractor £30,000 for poor and potentially fatal road repairs following a prosecution. BT has been handed the fine, which is thought to be one of the largest fines for bad road...

Interserve awarded place on £450m NHS framework until 2022

26.04.19: Troubled contractor Interserve has been awarded a place on the NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) framework for infrastructure and car park management. The framework is available to a range of public sector organisations and will operat...

Surrey CC reveals plans to scrap 200 council buildings and relocate its HQ to save £10m a year

25.04.19: Surrey County Council has unveiled plans to scrap around 200 of its buildings and move to a new HQ in a bid to save tens of millions of pounds. Guildford and Woking have emerged as the frontrunners to host Surrey’s new “civic he...

Voters ‘denied democracy’ in local elections by hundreds of uncontested seats

25.04.19: Hundreds of thousands of voters in next week’s local elections will be “denied democratic rights” by nearly 150 seats going completely uncontested according to the Electoral Reform Society. England faces “democracy d...

Cornwall Council criticised by ombudsman after taking more than 11 years to decide man’s village green application

25.04.19: Cornwall Council has been criticised by the local government ombudsman after failing to determine a man’s village green application more than 11 years after he submitted it. Colin Brown first applied to the council to have a piece of...

Suffolk County Council backs £24m borrowing to create first wave of specialist education places

24.04.19: Plans to borrow £24.1m to develop new specialist education places have been approved by Suffolk County Council, with the first wave of new places expected to be ready for September 2020. A cross-party working group came up a £45...

Councils face £1bn-a-year funding gap for single homelessness as charities give government ‘wake-up call’

24.04.19: Local authorities in England have more than halved their spending on single homeless people since 2008 spending and are spending £1bn less a year, major research from homeless charities have found. St Mungo’s and Homeless Link s...

Aberdeen City Council contract failings revealed in new audit report

24.04.19: Aberdeen City Council is to publish its unaudited annual accounts after an audit report revealed the authority had broken European law in its handling of some of its contracts. The new report into Aberdeen City Council’s handling of c...

Neath Port Talbot Council threatens to pull out of £1.3bn Swansea Bay City Deal

17.04.19: A council has threatened to pull out of Swansea Bay’s £1.3bn city deal unless it starts delivering projects in the next six months. Neath Port Talbot Council asked the other authorities involved and the UK and Welsh Governments...

Flintshire council takes over litter enforcement services from controversial Kingdom

17.04.19: Flintshire County Council has taken over litter enforcement services in the county and urged residents to “take responsibility” over waste after it cut ties with the controversy-hit Kingdom Services. The waste disposal enforceme...

City council rejoins ICS after reforms agreed in privatisation and accountability row

17.04.19: Nottingham City Council is to rejoin its local NHS integrated care system (ICS) after significant reforms were made to the way the system runs in order to address concerns over accountability and privatisation. The local authority’s e...

SEND funding cut by more than £1bn as nine in 10 councils hit ‘massive funding shortfall’

16.04.19: Councils have seen a £1.2bn drop in real-terms funding for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) over the last four years as the Nation Education Union (NEU) warns that local authorities have reached “crisis...

Oxfordshire councils explore ‘breaking new ground’ in ambitious joint working partnership

16.04.19: Two Oxfordshire councils reaping the benefits of a “groundbreaking” joint working partnership which includes sharing staff and services are proposing to expand the partnership to a host of other services. Oxfordshire County Coun...

Calls for ‘fundamental review’ of Scottish councils’ funding system with new property levies

15.04.19: A new system of environmental and property levies has been proposed to boost council funding in a call for a “fundamental review” of Scottish local government finances. The joint paper, launched by trade union Unison and the Jim...

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Thurrock Council approves £1bn town centre regeneration scheme to build nearly 3,000 homes

26/04/2019Thurrock Council approves £1bn town centre regeneration scheme to build nearly 3,000 homes

Thurrock Council has approved plans for a £1bn town centre regeneration which will see nearly 3,000 new homes created and generate around 2... more >
Potentially fatal road repair sees highways firm fined by Surrey County Council

26/04/2019Potentially fatal road repair sees highways firm fined by Surrey County Council

Surrey County Council has fined its highways maintenance contractor £30,000 for poor and potentially fatal road repairs following a prosecu... more >
Interserve awarded place on £450m NHS framework until 2022

26/04/2019Interserve awarded place on £450m NHS framework until 2022

Troubled contractor Interserve has been awarded a place on the NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) framework for infrastructure and car park m... 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 >
New unitary authorities formally takeover from Dorset’s nine councils

01/04/2019New unitary authorities formally takeover from Dorset’s nine councils

Two new unitary authorities have officially taken control of local government in Dorset following the merging of nine local authorities. Given the go-ahead by parliament in May last year, th... more >
Spending ban over Northamptonshire County Council lifted

29/03/2019Spending ban over Northamptonshire County Council lifted

Northamptonshire County Council will have its spending ban lifted after commissioners reported the authority is “now living within its own means.” The section 114 notice banned a... more >

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Self-build builds potential for more and better homes

15/04/2019Self-build builds potential for more and better homes

The director of The Right to Build Task Force – which advises stakeholders on bringing on more custom and self-build homes – Mario Wolf, who is currently on secondment from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, discusses challenges the public sector needs to engage with to deliver housing supply growth. In... more >
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Connecting the North East

15/04/2019Connecting the North East

Cabinet member for economic regeneration at Northumberland County Council Richard Wearmouth outlines the plans to reintroduce passenger services ... more >
How public sector IT can exploit the last 'big things'

15/04/2019How public sector IT can exploit the last 'big things'

Martin Ferguson, director of policy and research at Socitm, outlines the technology-related trends to look out for in the public sector throughou... more >
What about social care?

15/04/2019What about social care?

Glen Garrod, president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), outlines the challenges facing the social care workforce... more >
Brexit's systemic fallout

15/04/2019Brexit's systemic fallout

The third in a trilogy of Brexit articles for PSE, Chris Painter, Professor Emeritus at Birmingham City University, considers the wider constitut... 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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