National and Devolved Politics

On a cliff edge: The Barnett Formula

14.06.18: David Phillips, associate director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, gives his analysis of the Barnett Formula post-Brexit and asks: how will we replace EU funding to the devolved governments and local areas of the UK? The UK is due to...

Unresolved business rates appeals divert £2.5bn away from public services

13.06.18: Over 130,000 business rates appeals from 2010 remain unresolved, according to the LGA. In the past eight years, over a million businesses have challenged their business rates bills, but the latest figures show that 133,060 appeals have yet to b...

Somerset should form three unitary authorities, MP suggests

12.06.18: Bath and North East Somerset Council leader, Tim Warren, has revealed that he would be open to a council merger, backing MP James Heappey’s recent suggestion of forming three new councils. Writing for the Western Daily Press recently, Hea...

Wales council mergers ‘not in interests of residents,’ says Denbighshire

12.06.18: Denbighshire County Council has warned that plans to force councils across Wales to merge would “undermine their ability to deliver services.” In a special council meeting yesterday, the council agreed to a formal response to the gr...

Virgin Media to go to court with council over land usage

11.06.18: Virgin Media have launched an unprecedented legal challenge against Durham County Council over accusations it is blocking plans to bring ultrafast broadband to homes in the area. Tension between the two parties was caused by Virgin’s...

Councillors reject merger plans, tell minister to ‘stick green paper in the bin’

08.06.18: Anglesey councillors have unanimously rejected plans to merge with neighbouring Gwynedd Council, telling first minister Carwyn Jones to “stick his green paper in the bin where it belongs.” The Welsh Government’s consultative g...

Bankrupt council’s departing LGSS boss handed £66k retirement pay-off

08.06.18: The managing director of the Local Government Shared Services (LGSS) jointly run by the struggling Northamptonshire County Council – which is now under the leadership of government commissioners after being effectively considered bankrupt...

Most leaders expect some councils to face ‘serious financial crisis’ next year

08.06.18: Almost three-quarters (74%) of council leaders are expecting some local authorities to plunge into a “serious financial crisis” next year. The ‘Local state we’re in 2018’ report surveyed 81 local authority chief ex...

Council mergers on the rise as almost 500 shared services deals agreed to cope with austerity

07.06.18: Local governments around England have made at least 486 agreements to share services with other councils in the past seven years in an effort to trim costs in times of austerity. The signed deals have saved authorities at least £657m...

Struggling Somerset council plans to boost children’s services budget

07.06.18: Children’s services and children with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) will be given more budget focus as part of Somerset Council’s meeting next week. The authority’s board papers, due to be discussed at th...

MPs say Glasgow council asleep at wheel for accepting mystery Rolls-Royce gift during austerity

07.06.18: Scotland’s largest local authority has been criticised for accepting an anonymous donation of a Rolls-Royce for use of Lord Provost Eva Bolander. The donation of the two-year-old Rolls-Royce Ghost— which will replace one of Glas...

Southwark leader elected chair of London Councils

06.06.18: Councilor Peter John OBE has been elected as chair of the London Councils network. Cllr John was elected at London Council’s annual general meeting, held yesterday. He is Leader of Southwark Council and was formerly deputy chair of Lo...

Sheffield council rejects over a third of Amey-related FOI requests in last three years

04.06.18:  Sheffield City Council have rejected over a third of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests regarding private contractor Amey’s involvement with tree-felling in the area. A total of 5,843 requests were made to the council since 2...

West Berkshire Council spend over £750,000 on redundancy payments

04.06.18: Severance payments paid out by West Berkshire Council have reached over £750,000 from 2016, prompting concerns over the authority’s spending arrangements. Figures obtained by Newbury Weekly News found that the council laid off 6...

Two Dorset councils take out ‘fraudulent’ high-risk loans worth over £120m

04.06.18: Dorset councils have taken out controversial bank loans worth millions of pounds. Campaign group Debt Resistance UK revealed that Dorset County Council and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council have taken out £123m of Lender Option Bo...

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Universal Credit (UC) has not delivered value for money and-- it is uncertain that it ever will, according to research published by the National ... more >
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Bolton Council has purchased Crompton Place shopping centre in a £14.8m deal. The move has been funded by the council’s £100m ... more >
On a cliff edge: The Barnett Formula

14/06/2018On a cliff edge: The Barnett Formula

David Phillips, associate director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, gives his analysis of the Barnett Formula post-Brexit and asks: how will ... 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 >
Somerset should form three unitary authorities, MP suggests

12/06/2018Somerset should form three unitary authorities, MP suggests

Bath and North East Somerset Council leader, Tim Warren, has revealed that he would be open to a council merger, backing MP James Heappey’s recent suggestion of forming three new councils. ... more >
Northamptonshire failure inspires new county-district deal with joint CEO

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Proposals are being considered for joint working between Cherwell District Council and Oxfordshire County Council following the former’s decision to end its partnership with South Northampton... more >

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The work of the vanguards can help overcome the challenges of integrated care

29/05/2018The work of the vanguards can help overcome the challenges of integrated care

Following the announcement of the second wave of integrated care systems (ICSs), NHS Providers, the NHS Confederation, NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) and the LGA reflect on how lessons learnt by members from across the four organisations – that have designed and worked together as part of the vanguards – will support the j... more >
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On a cliff edge: The Barnett Formula

14/06/2018On a cliff edge: The Barnett Formula

David Phillips, associate director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, gives his analysis of the Barnett Formula post-Brexit and asks: how will ... more >
The digital journey so far

08/05/2018The digital journey so far

Michael Sage, digital services group manager at Chelmsford City Council, outlines the authority’s journey towards becoming digitally indepe... more >
Equipping the cyber security gatekeepers

08/05/2018Equipping the cyber security gatekeepers

With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) just around the corner, cyber security is on the lips of the whole public sector – but P... more >
The hydrogen revolution

08/05/2018The hydrogen revolution

PSE’s Josh Mines takes a look at an innovative scheme in Sheffield that will see some of the first hydrogen-fuelled vans begin work in the ... 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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    David Willett, corporate director at The Open University, walks us through the university’s research into the apprenticeship levy, as well as...
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