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Councillor who described homosexuality as ‘immoral and wrong’ is suspended

15.08.18: A Monmouthshire county councillor has been suspended for claiming that homosexuality is “unnatural, perverted, immoral and wrong.” Cllr Graham Down, an independent councillor for the Shirenewton ward, made the comments in emails...

‘Unlawful’ Northamptonshire council plans to close libraries blocked by High Court

15.08.18: The insolvent Northamptonshire County Council’s attempts to make cuts to 21 libraries in the region have been halted by the High Court. When the local authority decided to go ahead with radical service and job cuts last week, librarie...

Fight against Dorset merger ends as Christchurch council accepts defeat

14.08.18: Christchurch Borough Council has agreed not to take its legal fight to the Court of Appeal following the refusal of its Judicial Review application, with leader Cllr David Flagg apologising for the authority’s unsuccessful battle. The...

Don’t horse around! Council finds new home for house-bound pony

13.08.18: A council that took four years in a legal wrangle to remove a pony from an Isle of Lewis house may have found the four-legged beast a new home. Western Isles council removed Grey Lady Too – a Connemara pony that was taken into the hom...

Somerset rejects rumours of staff taking unpaid leave to help cut costs, but plans in the works

13.08.18: Rumours that Somerset County Council staff could be asked to take two days of unpaid leave to prevent costs from rising even further have been rejected by the local authority— though councillors have said they are in “dialogue with u...

Council mergers: little gain, less democratic

13.08.18: Dr Linze Schaap, associate professor at the Tilburg Centre for Regional Law and Governance, and Dr Niels Karsten, assistant professor at the Tilburg Institute of Governance, provide evidence from abroad to justify why larger authorities are not...

Council’s ‘risky and shrouded in secrecy’ £21m mall buy-out criticised by opposition

13.08.18: The acquisition of a £21m shopping centre by a Somerset council has been blasted by opposition council members who claim the deal was “shrouded” in secrecy. North Somerset Council’s buy-out of Weston-super-Mare&rsquo...

Six new local government citizens’ jury pilots headline Whitehall’s Civil Society Strategy

10.08.18: UK citizens will soon be able to have a say in local government decisions as the government launches its ‘Innovation in Democracy’ pilot scheme as part of its new Civil Society Strategy. Users of the pilot in six regions across...

Lancashire CC finances at ‘tipping point’ as auditors predict national drop in cash reserves

10.08.18: Reserves at Lancashire County Council (LCC) are forecast to drop amid ongoing and widespread financial challenges, with almost 200 local authorities in England predicting a net decrease in reserves in the coming year. Lancashire is in the t...

Financial details of 6,000 London residents at risk after council cyber-attack

10.08.18: Around 6,000 people have had their financial details put at risk after Lewisham Council’s IT system was hacked. In a statement, Ian Thomas, chief executive of Lewisham, said the council “sincerely regrets” how the portal u...

Northamptonshire ploughs ahead with ‘radical’ service and job cuts

09.08.18: The financially bankrupt Northamptonshire County Council will press ahead with plans to make “radical” cuts to key services as it looks to fight its way out of a section 114 spending ban. Tory-led Northamptonshire CC backed the...

Northamptonshire: locals to boycott council tax, CFO says they ‘can’t spend cash they don’t have’

09.08.18: Northamptonshire County Council locals have led calls for a halt on their council tax due to not receiving value for money as the cash-strapped authority plans to axe and scale back a string of services. During the authority’s Full Co...

Christchurch to appeal High Court ruling over Dorset merger row

09.08.18: A borough council who lost a High Court case in its campaign to prevent local authorities in the area from being merged has applied to appeal the ruling. Christchurch Borough Council’s long-running legal battle against plans to merge...

New interim finance director on the way to deal with ‘critical time’ at Surrey CC

08.08.18: Surrey County Council has appointed a former London borough senior financial officer as their new interim director of finance. Leigh Whitehouse, who is currently the interim director of finance and corporate services at the London Borough o...

UK Government unveils £300m Edinburgh City Deal as part of £1bn Scotland boost

07.08.18: The city of Edinburgh will receive £300m of investment after it was formally signed off by Theresa May during her visit to the Edinburgh festival today. The City Deal forms part of the government's £1bn investment in d...

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Councillor who described homosexuality as ‘immoral and wrong’ is suspended

15/08/2018Councillor who described homosexuality as ‘immoral and wrong’ is suspended

A Monmouthshire county councillor has been suspended for claiming that homosexuality is “unnatural, perverted, immoral and wrong.” ... more >
Government funding up for grabs as Brokenshire opens up garden communities project

15/08/2018Government funding up for grabs as Brokenshire opens up garden communities project

The communities secretary has called for a boost to garden towns across England in a new announcement for a garden communities project. Unde... more >
‘Unlawful’ Northamptonshire council plans to close libraries blocked by High Court

15/08/2018‘Unlawful’ Northamptonshire council plans to close libraries blocked by High Court

The insolvent Northamptonshire County Council’s attempts to make cuts to 21 libraries in the region have been halted by the High Court. ... 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 >
Fight against Dorset merger ends as Christchurch council accepts defeat

14/08/2018Fight against Dorset merger ends as Christchurch council accepts defeat

Christchurch Borough Council has agreed not to take its legal fight to the Court of Appeal following the refusal of its Judicial Review application, with leader Cllr David Flagg apologising for t... more >
At-risk Leicestershire councils team up to evaluate ‘rushed’ merger plans

30/07/2018At-risk Leicestershire councils team up to evaluate ‘rushed’ merger plans

District and borough authorities at risk of being axed due a potential merger into a unitary authority have declared that they will adopt a “collaborative approach” for the future of ... more >

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Don’t horse around! Council finds new home for house-bound pony

13/08/2018Don’t horse around! Council finds new home for house-bound pony

A council that took four years in a legal wrangle to remove a pony from an Isle of Lewis house may have found the four-legged beast a new home. Western Isles council removed Grey Lady Too – a Connemara pony that was taken into the home by pensioner Stephanie Noble on Christmas Eve in 2011 – from its residence in 2014 because i... more >
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A new era of opportunity for the north

13/08/2018A new era of opportunity for the north

It’s time to stop seeing transport investment as a nice-to-have: it’s a cut-through catalyst for growth in sectors across the north. ... more >
Council mergers: little gain, less democratic

13/08/2018Council mergers: little gain, less democratic

Dr Linze Schaap, associate professor at the Tilburg Centre for Regional Law and Governance, and Dr Niels Karsten, assistant professor at the Tilb... more >
Creating a council cloud-first approach

13/08/2018Creating a council cloud-first approach

Georgina Maratheftis, programme manager for local government at techUK, makes the case for wider adoption of cloud technology by local authoritie... more >
The strength of districts

13/08/2018The strength of districts

Cllr Isobel Darby, member lead for quality of life at the District Councils’ Network (DCN) and leader of Chiltern District Council, shares ... more >

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Modern policing: the future is bright

06/08/2018Modern policing: the future is bright

SPONSORED INTERVIEW The public sector, and policing in particular, has often been criticised as being slow to adapt to change. But now, says L... more >
Michael King: Time for Ombudsman reform

06/08/2018Michael King: Time for Ombudsman reform

Michael King first joined the Local Government Ombudsman service back in 2004 as deputy ombudsman. At the start of 2017, he was appointed as the ... more >
Helping a city understand itself

06/08/2018Helping a city understand itself

SPONSORED INTERVIEW The urban landscape is changing. How can local authorities keep up with citizen behaviour? Stephen Leece, managing directo... more >
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 >

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