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Boris Johnson to chair first-of-its-kind Climate Change Committee

17.10.19: The Prime Minister will today announce (Oct 17) that he will chair a new Cabinet Committee dedicated to tackling Climate Change and its global effects. PM Boris Johnson and the new committee will be the driving force behind government and i...

Blueprint for single unitary Leicestershire council published

15.10.19: Detailed proposals for creating a single unitary council covering the whole of Leicestershire, and abolishing the county’s seven district authorities, have been published. The 100-page draft blueprint compares the different options fo...

The Queen’s Speech Roundup: Crime, social care and devolution bills

14.10.19: Boris Johnson has set out his Government’s major policies on crime, the environment and Brexit in today’s Queen Speech, including the announcement that a Devolution White Paper will be published. Housing safety in the wake of Gr...

Government provides more funds for local authority air quality action

07.10.19: The Government has today announced the latest round of funding, as part of the Air Quality Grant scheme, to help local authorities improve air quality across England. Since it was established, the grant has awarded more than £61m...

Greater Manchester one step closer to bus reform

30.09.19: Greater Manchester is taking steps to lead the way in obtaining bus reform. It will be the first city-region in the UK to use public consultation on the introduction of a bus franchising scheme. Under the Bus Services Act 2017, powers are a...

UK Government to give Welsh councils a boost for electric vehicles

25.09.19: Nine local authorities in Wales will receive UK Government funding to allow the installation of charging points in car parks and residential areas. The UK Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) is set to give five counci...

Local councils need power and funding to hit climate change goals

25.09.19: Local councils are dependent on long-term government funding pots and more devolved powers if they have a chance and meeting national climate change targets, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said today. Including the LGA, which re...

Bus journeys at lowest level in over a decade, new figures reveal

24.09.19: The number of bus journeys has plummeted again and is at its lowest number since 2007. The ‘worrying trend’ was revealed today following recent polls commissioned by the Local Government Association (LGA). Latest government figu...

LGA responds to launch of No Homeless Veterans Campaign

24.09.19: Today saw the launch of the No Homeless Veterans Campaign, coordinated by Stoll, calling on local authorities to identify and support servicemen and women and their housing needs. The latest Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Govern...

Time is running out for councils to receive EU replacement fund, LGA warns

24.09.19: The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for the Government to urgently publish its final plans for the replacement of the EU funding after Brexit. With the Brexit deadline fast approaching, local councils are reportedly not able t...

Home Office encourages civil servants to volunteer with police

20.09.19: Civil servants who take up the option of volunteering as special constables will get up to 12 days paid special leave a year, in order to spend more time supporting their local police force. The new Home Office initiative will come int...

LGA provides plans for devolution-themed Queen’s speech

20.09.19: With 350 councils to represent in England, the LGA are keen to make sure local services and communities are the government’s top priority. The have issued a seven-point plan for the Queen’s Speech, with a view to reignite devolu...

Portsmouth City Council plea for Brexit funding

19.09.19: The leader or Portsmouth City Council, Gerald Vernon-Jackson, hosted Department for Transport minister Chris Heaton-Harris at the city’s port this week. During the visit, a request for Brexit funding was brought up by Vernon-Jackson i...

Boris Johnson vows to give more power to the Northern Powerhouse regions

13.09.19: Boris Johnson has pledged his support for the Northern Powerhouse and for further devolution deals, alongside announcing the creation of a new growth body with powers to bring together major organisations in the region. Giving a speech in S...

Government pledges £62m funding to improve flood defences

12.09.19: Government has pledged £62m funding to improve flood defences across England, with more than 9,000 homes set to benefit from the improvements. Environment secretary Theresa Villiers announced the new round of investment into flood def...

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Cambridge City Council joins plastic pledge action

18/10/2019Cambridge City Council joins plastic pledge action

Cambridge City Council has got on board with the Cambridge Plastic Pledge, urging local businesses and organisations to make a change this year t... more >
Multimillion-pound Waltham Forest transformation unveiled

17/10/2019Multimillion-pound Waltham Forest transformation unveiled

Transport for London (TfL) and The Deputy Mayor for Transport, Heidi Alexander, have today (Oct 17) joined Waltham Forest Council and the City of... more >
Boris Johnson to chair first-of-its-kind Climate Change Committee

17/10/2019Boris Johnson to chair first-of-its-kind Climate Change Committee

The Prime Minister will today announce (Oct 17) that he will chair a new Cabinet Committee dedicated to tackling Climate Change and its global ef... 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 >
The Queen’s Speech Roundup: Crime, social care and devolution bills

14/10/2019The Queen’s Speech Roundup: Crime, social care and devolution bills

Boris Johnson has set out his Government’s major policies on crime, the environment and Brexit in today’s Queen Speech, including the announcement that a Devolution White Paper will b... more >
Hull City Council to deliver UK’s first purpose-built smart city OS

14/10/2019Hull City Council to deliver UK’s first purpose-built smart city OS

In partnership with leading Smart City operator providers, Hull City Council is set to become the first local authority in the UK to benefit from its own purpose-built Smart City Operating S... more >

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NSPCC: Working together to improve the support available for children who have been sexually abused

08/10/2019NSPCC: Working together to improve the support available for children who have been sexually abused

Hayley Clark, the acting head of development and impact at the NSPCC, talks about the significant gap in support services for children who have been sexually abused and the Home Office’s new framework for commissioners. The complex and fragmented commissioning landscape for child sexual abuse support services has resulted in a signi... 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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