National and Devolved Politics

Counties and districts clash over suggestion to scrap two-tier authorities

20.11.17: A report suggesting that scrapping district councils could save £2.9bn a year has prompted anger from the District Councils Network (DCN). Research, carried out by independent think-tank ResPublica, has suggested that a switch away fr...

Justify your lack of housing plans or face intervention, Javid tells 15 councils

17.11.17: Communities secretary Sajid Javid has written to the leaders of 15 local authorities that have failed to produce a Local Plan, as required by the housing white paper. The white paper, 'Fixing our broken housing market', published in February, r...

Counties slam ‘secret and underhand’ city council boundary takeover plot

17.11.17: Nottingham and Derby city councils have been accused of “secret and underhand” plans to expand their boundaries without proper consultation with residents or other authorities. The concerns have come from the leaders of Nottinghamsh...

LGA: Government must speed up devolution to fight funding mayhem

16.11.17: Councils have urged the government to speed up the devolution process and counteract the spread of funding coming from over 70 different centralised sources. The LGA said individual localised funding pots would create much less confusion an...

Give us cash to pave way for long-term finance reform, councils say

15.11.17: London Councils has called for local services to be properly funded in order to “pave the way” for long-term finance reform ahead of next week’s Autumn Budget. By 2020 it is expected that London boroughs will have suffered a 6...

Council use of bailiffs jumps by 14% in just two years

15.11.17: The use of bailiffs by local authorities has risen by 14% in two years, new research has shown. The research, by the Money Advice Trust, found that in 2016-17 councils passed over £2.3m debts were passed to bailiffs. The increase in t...

Elections in UK becoming increasingly inaccessible to disabled people

13.11.17: A proportion of disabled people in the UK are struggling to vote in general elections because of a lack of available information and accessibility around polling stations. The Electoral Commission used evidence from people with physical and...

‘Breathe Liverpool’ initiative will see 100 new car charging points installed across city

09.11.17: Liverpool City Council has released new plans to begin lowering emissions in the city as part of its clean air project. The ‘Breathe Liverpool’ initiative will involve the installation of 100 electrical car charging points acros...

Council opposed to Dorset authority plans local referendum

09.11.17: Christchurch Borough Council will hold a local referendum on joining the proposed Dorset unitary authority. The authority has long been opposed to the merger and is launching the postal vote as a direct response to communities secretary Saj...

Javid minded to approve ‘strong and prosperous’ Dorset council merger

08.11.17: Dorset’s plans to create two new unitary authorities have won conditional government approval. Secretary of state for communities and local government, Sajid Javid, has said that he is “minded to” implement the proposals, aime...

London councils accused of breaking publicity rules

07.11.17: Two London councils have been warned that court action could be brought against them if they do not reduce the frequency that they publish their internal newspapers. Communities secretary, Sajid Javid, has issued directions to the London Boroug...

Flexible ICT partnership could save Birmingham £43m

07.11.17: Birmingham City Council has announced a new proposal for a flexible ICT partnership. The new plans, which could save the council £43m by 2020-21, will go to the council’s cabinet on 14 November. According to the council’s...

Sacked Welsh communities secretary found dead at home

07.11.17: Former Welsh communities secretary and Labour minister, Carl Sargeant, has been found dead this morning. North Wales Police have confirmed that Sargeant was found dead at his home at Connah’s Quay earlier today. Sargeant, 49, this we...

Trying something new

06.11.17: Rob Ashelford, senior innovation programmes manager at Nesta, describes how councils across the UK can learn from the early successes of collaborative schemes between public and third sector bodies in Wales. From fiscal constraints to growi...

New Welsh local government secretary appointed amid Carl Sargeant controversy

06.11.17: Alun Davies has been appointed cabinet secretary for local government and public services following a reshuffle prompted by the removal of communities secretary Carl Sargeant. Davies returns to the cabinet for the first time since 2014, whe...

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Funding inequalities could destroy public services in rural areas

20/11/2017Funding inequalities could destroy public services in rural areas

Central government funding per resident in county authorities was almost 50% below large cities last year, with councils saying the situation cou... more >
Major growth investment includes £1.7bn city transport fund

20/11/2017Major growth investment includes £1.7bn city transport fund

The government has today announced that it will release £1.7bn of extra funding for cities ahead of Wednesday’s Budget. Prime mi... more >
Counties and districts clash over suggestion to scrap two-tier authorities

20/11/2017Counties and districts clash over suggestion to scrap two-tier authorities

A report suggesting that scrapping district councils could save £2.9bn a year has prompted anger from the District Councils Network (DCN). ... 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 >
Counties slam ‘secret and underhand’ city council boundary takeover plot

17/11/2017Counties slam ‘secret and underhand’ city council boundary takeover plot

Nottingham and Derby city councils have been accused of “secret and underhand” plans to expand their boundaries without proper consultation with residents or other authorities. The c... more >
Somerset council plans to cut 300 jobs over next two years

16/11/2017Somerset council plans to cut 300 jobs over next two years

Bath and North East Somerset Council (BNES) announced it needs to make £16m of savings over the next two years due to government funding cuts and rising demand. Its staff have been inf... more >

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Visual.ONS: How to compete with the big data aggregators

13/11/2017Visual.ONS: How to compete with the big data aggregators

Advertisement feature Christopher Gallagher, territory manager at SAS, explains how big data can be used by the public sector to find innovative solutions to common problems.  I have been really impressed by the work of Visual.ONS – the team at the Office for National Statistics, who are responsible for exploring imaginati... more >
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Driving forward a healthier Scotland

10/11/2017Driving forward a healthier Scotland

Dundee City Council is leading the way in boosting electric vehicle (EV) uptake in Scotland, writes Rebecca Wallace from the local authority&rsqu... more >
A smarter approach to digital transformation

10/11/2017A smarter approach to digital transformation

Catherine Bright, Smarter Digital Services (SDS) manager, explains how a partnership of 12 councils across Kent and Surrey are jointly funding a ... more >
Delivering on estates

10/11/2017Delivering on estates

Sam Ulyatt, strategic category commercial director at the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), on how a new framework can help public sector organisat... more >
Open for business

10/11/2017Open for business

Clare Moore, senior specialist of valuation and disposals at the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), explains how public sector bodies looking to... more >

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‘The HSCN is the realisation of industry best practice’

30/06/2017‘The HSCN is the realisation of industry best practice’

Keith Smith, public sector business development manager at Virgin Media Business, tells PSE’s Luana Salles that health and social care orga... more >
HSCN: The enabler for a more joined-up public sector

26/06/2017HSCN: The enabler for a more joined-up public sector

Mark Hall, Chief Assurance Officer at Redcentric, discusses NHS Digital’s project, the new Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) and what b... more >
Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

25/04/2017Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

Ahead of this year’s mayoral elections, Lord Kerslake, the former head of the Civil Service, tells PSE’s David Stevenson why the argu... more >
New social care funding misses the point

13/04/2017New social care funding misses the point

Clive Betts MP, chair of the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee, reflects on the social care funding released in this year’s ... more >

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