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London council to cut sick pay in cash-saving bid

15.12.17: A London council has proposed to stop paying sick pay for the first three days in a bid to save money. The GMB has called Hillingdon Council’s proposal an “affront to its hard-working employees.” Keith Williams, GMB’s...

Burnham announces major 2018 GMCA transport overhaul

14.12.17: The mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has announced a major overhaul of the region’s transport network. Burnham said problems with transport in the north could “no longer be ignored” as he announced the creation o...

Dorset council merger strengthened as authority withdraws opposition

14.12.17: Purbeck District Council is to withdraw its opposition to the reorganisation of Dorset’s councils. This week the council has agreed to write to Sajid Javid, communities and local government secretary, to inform him of its decision. The...

Devolve more powers to town and parish councils, argues Gywnne

14.12.17: Devolution needs to start from the bottom up, Andrew Gwynne has argued. Speaking at the National Association of Local Councils conference yesterday, Labour’s shadow communities and local government secretary explained that it is his belie...

National Social Value Conference 2017: Doing something revolutionary

13.12.17: At a time when local government is looking to squeeze extra value from procurement, original thinking can make all the difference. PSE’s Josh Mines reports from the National Social Value Conference 2017, where delegates heard all about the...

First trains launched in West Midlands transport management deal

12.12.17: The first West Midlands Railway services were launched this weekend, signalling the start of local control over rail franchises. The franchise, which controls all the routes in the region, is operated by a joint venture of three train compa...

Councils heading towards funding ‘cliff-edge’ as cash could be halved by 2020

11.12.17: The LGA has voiced funding fears over the loss of nearly half of local authority funding between 2010 and 2020. Councils had been expecting to receive 100% of business rates by this point, but the policy has been repeatedly pushed back, suf...

This is Manchester, we do things differently here

10.12.17: Joanne Roney OBE, chief executive of Manchester City Council, speaks to PSE’s Luana Salles about the region’s pioneering plans for growth and reform. Were it not for her Birmingham birth certificate, one might be excused fo...

Devolution could create city inequality if business rates are not reformed

07.12.17: The government must make changes to the business rates system if the UK is to push forward with devolution plans. The current system would reinforce economic disparity between cities rather than allow struggling areas to reinvent themselves...

Government must implement electoral reform in future general elections

06.12.17: An Electoral Commission report has concluded that changes need to be made to the electoral system to combat future risks following the 2017 general election. The commission gave credit to returning officers for dealing with an unexpected el...

‘Compelling’ West Suffolk council consolidation plan gets initial DCLG stamp

04.12.17: Plans to create a West Suffolk council by combining Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council have received initial approval from Sajid Javid. The communities and local government secretary said he was “minded t...

Javid minded to approve Somerset councils’ merger

04.12.17: A proposal to merge two Somerset councils has received initial approval from the secretary for communities and local government. Sajid Javid said he was “minded to” implement the locally led merger between Taunton Deane Borough...

Rouse: Health devolution means taking decisions collectively to avoid tensions

01.12.17: Authorities, care providers and CCGs must work closely with the NHS to make health devolution work, says the chief executive of Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSC). Speaking at the King’s Fund’s annual...

UK ‘civic core’ needs diversity boost to keep public services afloat

30.11.17: The UK’s current ‘civic core’ –the people who participate in activities such as responding to consultations about local services, engaging in democratic processes or playing a direct role in decision-making by becoming a...

Staffordshire council CEO suspended following general election controversy

28.11.17: Two officers from Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council have been suspended following the results of a review into almost 1,500 people who were unable to vote in the general election. The constituency – which saw the successful Labour...

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London council to cut sick pay in cash-saving bid

15/12/2017London council to cut sick pay in cash-saving bid

A London council has proposed to stop paying sick pay for the first three days in a bid to save money. The GMB has called Hillingdon Council&rsq... more >
Burnham announces major 2018 GMCA transport overhaul

14/12/2017Burnham announces major 2018 GMCA transport overhaul

The mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has announced a major overhaul of the region’s transport network. Burnham said problems... 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

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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 >
Dorset council merger strengthened as authority withdraws opposition

14/12/2017Dorset council merger strengthened as authority withdraws opposition

Purbeck District Council is to withdraw its opposition to the reorganisation of Dorset’s councils. This week the council has agreed to write to Sajid Javid, communities and local governmen... more >
Staffordshire council CEO suspended following general election controversy

28/11/2017Staffordshire council CEO suspended following general election controversy

Two officers from Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council have been suspended following the results of a review into almost 1,500 people who were unable to vote in the general election. The con... 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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Introducing the Facilities Management Marketplace

14/12/2017Introducing the Facilities Management Marketplace

The new Facilities Management (FM) Marketplace will be an opportunity to streamline the process of buying key services whilst propping up new ent... more >
Meet Pepper, the social care robot

14/12/2017Meet Pepper, the social care robot

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has become the country’s first local authority to fully exploit the benefits of robotics in social care by ... more >
Quality, not quantity, is what matters

14/12/2017Quality, not quantity, is what matters

Luke Sibieta, research fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Education Policy Institute, takes a look at the impact of the apprentic... more >
NCSC: A new and adventurous agenda

11/12/2017NCSC: A new and adventurous agenda

Ciaran Martin, chief executive of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), reflects on the lessons learned during the first year of the governm... more >

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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 >
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 >
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 >

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