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Birmingham City Council’s children’s social care services avoids ‘inadequate’ rating

17.01.19: Birmingham City Council’s children’s social care services have broken a decade of ‘inadequate’ ratings after Ofsted inspectors recognised standards have been revitalised since the launch of the council’s Birmingham...

Oxfordshire County Council moves forward with £50m-savings transformation plan which could see 900 jobs lost

17.01.19: Transformational plans for Oxfordshire County Council could see 890 jobs lost in a bid to save £50m, as councillors meet today to discuss the proposed savings and the implications. Last August the county council proposed a “comp...

Mayor-elect quits over controversy surrounding wife’s involvement in TV executive murder case

16.01.19: The mayor-elect of the London Borough of Redbridge has dramatically withdrawn his nomination after it emerged that his wife was involved in the brutal killing of a TV executive. Varinder Singh-Bola, mayor-elect of Redbridge, announced that...

Moray Council ‘could be the first’ in Scotland to declare bankruptcy

16.01.19: Fears of bankruptcy and government commissioners “are growing louder” at Moray Council as the authority struggles to find ways to cut a further £8.1m from next year’s budget. Money-saving measures already agreed by t...

Ombudsman slams Norfolk County Council over failings in special needs provision cases with compensation paid out

16.01.19: The local government ombudsman has reprimanded Norfolk County Council over its provision for children with special educational needs (SEN) after upholding 11 complaints against the council in the last two years. The ombudsman said the numbe...

Newham council to set up commission into ‘astonishing failures’ amid £9m fraud allegations

15.01.19: Newham LBC is establishing a wide-ranging commission to review its financial management in the wake of “astonishing failures of system controls” in a £9m fraud claim against its repair division. The council’s mayor R...

Norfolk council proposes closing 38 children centres in updated proposal following backlash

15.01.19: Around 70% of children’s centres in Norfolk are set to close despite major opposition to the closures, with Norfolk County Council now proposing to shut eight less centres than originally planned. Norfolk County Council has stated it...

Greater oversight of local governance needed as NAO slams government’s lack of transparency

15.01.19: Oversight of local governance systems must be improved by the government to help councils cope with increasing financial and demand pressures, according to the National Audit Office (NAO). The report found significant failings with the gove...

Government accountability: A year in crises

15.01.19: From Windrush to Univerisal Credit: the Institute for Government’s (IfG’s) accountability lead Benoit Guerin discusses how we can avert future government blunders and improve public accountability. This past year was marked by s...

Rethinking public-private partnerships

15.01.19: Trinley Walker, senior policy researcher at the New Local Government Network (NLGN) considers some different ways of approaching the relationships between the public and private sectors. The private sector’s role in the delivery of pu...

Durham Tees Valley Airport likely to close without council backing of mayor Houchen’s £40m ‘vanity project’

14.01.19: Ben Houchen and the owner of Durham Tees Valley Airport have warned it will likely close if the Tees Valley mayor’s takeover plan is rejected in two weeks’ time. In launching a bid to gather support for the controversial propose...

Government sets out increased pension protection for outsourced council workers

14.01.19: Local government workers whose jobs have been outsourced will receive increased pension protections and will remain in the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) under new proposals published today. Under the government proposals, employers...

Southend council to gamble £20m on commercial property purchases in bid to replace government funding cuts

14.01.19: Southend council has put forward plans to stake £20m of its budget on the property market in order to replace the lost funding from central government. In its draft budget proposal for 2019-20, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council unveiled...

Aberdeen councillor suspended from party following sexual harassment complaint

11.01.19: The Scottish Conservative party has suspended Aberdeen City Council’s depute provost following a police investigation into a sexual harassment allegation made against the councillor. The party announced that Alan Donnelly, who represe...

Kensington and Chelsea RBC commits £50m to Grenfell survivors alongside new recovery strategy

11.01.19: Kensington and Chelsea Royal Borough Council has agreed to put £50m funding into recovery services for those worst affected by Grenfell fire over the next five years. An overarching Grenfell Recovery Strategy has also been approved by...

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Birmingham City Council’s children’s social care services avoids ‘inadequate’ rating

17/01/2019Birmingham City Council’s children’s social care services avoids ‘inadequate’ rating

Birmingham City Council’s children’s social care services have broken a decade of ‘inadequate’ ratings after Ofsted inspe... more >
Oxfordshire County Council moves forward with £50m-savings transformation plan which could see 900 jobs lost

17/01/2019Oxfordshire County Council moves forward with £50m-savings transformation plan which could see 900 jobs lost

Transformational plans for Oxfordshire County Council could see 890 jobs lost in a bid to save £50m, as councillors meet today to discuss t... more >
Mayor-elect quits over controversy surrounding wife’s involvement in TV executive murder case

16/01/2019Mayor-elect quits over controversy surrounding wife’s involvement in TV executive murder case

The mayor-elect of the London Borough of Redbridge has dramatically withdrawn his nomination after it emerged that his wife was involved in the b... 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 >
Statutory directions lifted as council’s children’s services ‘vastly improved’

09/01/2019Statutory directions lifted as council’s children’s services ‘vastly improved’

Bromley LBC’s children’s services has had its statutory direction lifted by Ofsted in an “absolutely remarkable” turnaround just two years after inspectors slammed “... more >
Corby council calls for delay to Northamptonshire unitary plans

08/01/2019Corby council calls for delay to Northamptonshire unitary plans

Corby Borough Council has asked for the proposed creation of two new unitary authorities in Northamptonshire to be delayed after the local authority pointed to time constraints, staffing pressure... more >

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Top 5 reasons why you should claim your free EvoNorth delegate pass today

17/01/2019Top 5 reasons why you should claim your free EvoNorth delegate pass today

If you're looking to find out what's happening in the Northern Powerhouse, make new connections, and share innovative ways of working, confirm your attendance for EvoNorth on 27 - 28 Feb 2019. 1 - You'll gain an invaluable insight into what's happening across the north We have a wide range of speakers from across a number of sectors comi... more >
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Government accountability: A year in crises

15/01/2019Government accountability: A year in crises

From Windrush to Univerisal Credit: the Institute for Government’s (IfG’s) accountability lead Benoit Guerin discusses how we can ave... more >
Rethinking public-private partnerships

15/01/2019Rethinking public-private partnerships

Trinley Walker, senior policy researcher at the New Local Government Network (NLGN) considers some different ways of approaching the relationship... more >
Fracking: divest to invest

07/01/2019Fracking: divest to invest

Deirdre Duff, divestment campaigner at Friends of the Earth, takes a look at local authorities’ role in fracking. The fossil fuel indu... more >
Building credit with the public sector

07/01/2019Building credit with the public sector

Mark Morrin, localism lead and principal research consultant at ResPublica, makes the case for salary-deducted lending to sit alongside a broader... more >

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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 >
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 >
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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