National and Devolved Politics

Khan unveils £140m of landmark devolution funding

15.02.18: The Mayor of London has announced a £140m investment to boost the capital’s economy. The cash will go into a brand-new investment fund to support projects such as business space, transport infrastructure, and schemes to increase new...

Rising costs putting councils in 'serious difficulty' says Brighton and Hove boss

15.02.18: Brighton and Hove City Council will struggle without a change in national policy, its leader has warned. The council’s services cost almost £2.1m to run each day, and when the initial budget proposals for 2018-19 were released last...

Landowners in Wales face tax in Welsh Government plans

13.02.18: A tax on vacant land could be introduced in Wales in plans to be announced today by the government. The new tax would apply to land where permission to build has been granted (or land that is within a local development plan) but where no wo...

Birmingham City to make cuts of £53m in next year in bid to balance books

13.02.18: Birmingham City Council has revealed its plans to invest in housing and social care despite needing to make savings of £53m in its 2018-19 budget. In its proposed financial plan for next year, England’s biggest council has said that...

Suffolk ‘super council’ mergers get government go-ahead

09.02.18: Plans to create two new major councils in Suffolk have received approval from the government this week. Housing and communities secretary Sajid Javid announced in December that he was “minded to” agree to the proposals, which wo...

High Court backs controversial £2bn Haringey housing development

09.02.18: A £2bn housing scheme run by Haringey Council has been given the green light by the High Court, despite local opposition. The Haringey Development Vehicle (HDV) was criticised by residents who said they had not been properly consulted...

Sheffield publishes proposals to meet £44m funding gap

08.02.18: Sheffield City Council has published its budget proposals, which it claims will meet the challenge of a £44m funding gap next year. In order to meet the funding gap, which it says is due to further austerity cuts and rising demand for ess...

Opposition demands Javid resignation over finance settlement errors

08.02.18: The shadow communities secretary has called on his government counterpart to resign, following allegations that he “knowingly misled” parliament when publishing the provisional local government finance settlement. Labour’s...

New Weymouth Town Council could be established by April 2019

07.02.18: Weymouth could see the establishment of a new town council by April 2019. Members of Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s management committee has recommended that the council approves the potential change. The recommendation comes...

Local election candidates will no longer have to share home address with voters

07.02.18: Candidates standing at local elections will no longer be required to publish their home address on ballot papers, the prime minister has announced. Speaking in Manchester yesterday, Theresa May said that the idea of the open public sphere was i...

Women’s rights campaigners commemorated by councils

06.02.18: Women who successfully campaigned for the right to vote and changed the public and political landscape have been commemorated in a list of more than 100 pioneers. On the centenary of certain women winning the right to vote, the first 45 names t...

South Essex councils form joint association in ‘momentous’ move

06.02.18: A “game-changing” new association of seven south Essex councils has officially been formed after a memorandum of understanding was signed between the parties involved. The new Association of South Essex Local Authorities (ASELA) con...

All Tory councillors resign from 12-person council

05.02.18: Council business has been suspended at a town’s local authority after all 10 of its Conservative councillors resigned due to “bullying, abuse and harassment” from members of the public. Jane Pearce, who was chair of the pa...

Croydon given just 2% of asylum-seekers fund despite being ‘key gateway borough’

05.02.18: Croydon Council has challenged the government’s award to support unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC). The borough, which claims to look after the second highest number of UASC in the UK, has been awarded less than 2% of a nationa...

Labour council leader quit because of ‘active campaign’ against him

02.02.18: The leader of Harlow Council has become the second councillor this week to speak about issues with left-wing campaign group Momentum after quitting his post. Jon Clempner, who was leader of the Labour-controlled council until 11 January, cl...

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Counties urge government to step in amid rocketing house prices

16/02/2018Counties urge government to step in amid rocketing house prices

House prices in county areas have risen by three times the rate of those in London over the last year, prompting the County Councils Network (CCN... more >
LGO disappointed with council’s response to family ‘injustice’

16/02/2018LGO disappointed with council’s response to family ‘injustice’

The Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) has today hit out at the Council of the Isles of Scilly for its belated response to a report highlighting in... more >
Councils want power to push developers on 420,000 unbuilt homes

16/02/2018Councils want power to push developers on 420,000 unbuilt homes

Councils have warned that more than 420,000 homes in England are still waiting to be built despite planning permission already being granted. ... 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 >
ICO forced to take down its website amid cryptocurrency hacker fears

12/02/2018ICO forced to take down its website amid cryptocurrency hacker fears

The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has had to take down its website as a “precautionary measure” against hackers, who have infected hundreds of government computers with a pro... more >
Local government finance settlement: Javid announces £150m care fund

06/02/2018Local government finance settlement: Javid announces £150m care fund

The housing and communities secretary has today revealed details of this year’s local government finance settlement, including £150m of extra funding for adult social care. Sajid... more >

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Whole of government must act together to fulfil the ambition of the Industrial Strategy

11/12/2017Whole of government must act together to fulfil the ambition of the Industrial Strategy

Jen Rae, head of innovation policy at Nesta, says the aims in the government’s new Industrial Strategy are ambitious, but will require a shift in policymaking in order to be realised in full. Last Monday saw the long-awaited launch of the UK’s new Industrial Strategy, the government’s plan for prosperity and growth in a ... more >
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The power of apprenticeships

14/02/2018The power of apprenticeships

David Willett, corporate director at The Open University, describes how the apprenticeship levy can help public sector organisations unlock leade... more >
Building connected communities

22/12/2017Building connected communities

Andrew Walker, policy researcher at the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU), argues councils must be supported to develop good connectivity ... more >
The police say they are under pressure. Are they right?

22/12/2017The police say they are under pressure. Are they right?

Rick Muir, director of the Police Foundation, considers whether budget constraints and growing demand are actually having a major impact on the w... more >
The future of communal heating in Cheshire

22/12/2017The future of communal heating in Cheshire

PSE’s Josh Mines speaks to Dan Griffiths, projects and programmes manager at Cheshire East Council’s Skills & Growth Company, abo... more >


Are we taking a risk on education?

14/12/2017Are we taking a risk on education?

Adrian Prandle, director of economic strategy and negotiations at the National Education Union (NEU), questions the stark lack of announcements a... more >
A fantastic opportunity awaits you

11/12/2017A fantastic opportunity awaits you

Eight months on from the government’s announcement of major training reforms, Anne Milton, minister for apprenticeships and skills at the D... more >
Andy Burnham: the crisis unfolding in front of our eyes

10/12/2017Andy Burnham: the crisis unfolding in front of our eyes

With homelessness on the rise across the country, politicians in central and local government are desperately looking for new solutions. Andy Bur... more >
This is Manchester, we do things differently here

10/12/2017This is Manchester, we do things differently here

Joanne Roney OBE, chief executive of Manchester City Council, speaks to PSE’s Luana Salles about the region’s pioneering plans f... more >

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