National and Devolved Politics

Nottinghamshire leader hits back: ‘We’re the most transparent and open council there is’

25.09.18: The leader of Nottinghamshire County Council has hit back against claims that the authority lacks transparency, claiming that the council is “the most open and transparent council there is.” Cllr Kay Cutts, in an interview with...

Exclusive: Notts leader rejects calls for council merger referendum, public decision due in May

25.09.18: The leader of Nottinghamshire County Council has rejected calls from opposing councillors to put potential merger plans to a referendum, arguing that it could lead to opposing organisations attempting to railroad the vote. Speaking exclusiv...

Somerset council criticises financial resiliency index and media speculation on its finances

24.09.18: Somerset County Council has expressed their concerns over the proposed financial resiliency index scheme, saying that “having a relative ranking of all authorities” will not improve anyone’s financial position and offer an &ldq...

Edinburgh council plans out £30m cuts to tackle four-year £106m black hole

24.09.18: Edinburgh Council have announced a wave of consultations and set out their four-year plan to tackle their budget gap and growing strains on services. The council are seeking resident’s views on the draft strategy ‘Planning for C...

Cash-strapped Somerset council might still fail to set ‘sustainable budget’ despite massive cuts

24.09.18: Somerset County Council might still fail to make sufficient savings to establish a “sustainable budget” even after the latest wave of major cuts were agreed last week. On the 12 September, the cash-strapped authority approved ov...

Council and NHS consider merging into a single public authority

20.09.18: Scottish Borders Council has put forward plans for a single public authority in the region in a proposed submission to a local government review. Ahead of the council’s meeting next week, a report said the proposals aim to d...

Major cuts set to continue as county councils outline £1bn in budget reductions, CCN says

20.09.18: England’s county councils are to outline another wave of cuts, with almost £1bn needed in reductions to balance the books next February. Startling analysis by the County Councils Network (CCN) warned that local authorities will...

Cornwall to cut hundreds of jobs in bid to save £80m and avoid Northants-style disaster

19.09.18: Cornwall Council has proposed to cut a whopping 388 jobs under new budget proposals. However, the proposed cuts are only the equivalent of 388 full-time jobs. According to a report ahead of the council’s Cabinet meeting today, the amo...

Andy Burnham leads a host of speakers at People’s Powerhouse 2018

19.09.18: Andy Burnham is among those speaking at the People’s Powerhouse Convention, an event aiming to “let the people in” and give them a voice in decision-making. Mancunian poet Tony Walsh, also known as Longfella, will also spe...

Rotherham: Brokenshire to remove commissioners and return all council powers next week

19.09.18: The communities secretary will completely remove government-appointed commissioners from Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council after three years, signalling the return of all powers to the authority. Then-communities secretary Eric Pickles...

Surrey County Council issued warning as council faces near-£100m deficit

18.09.18: Surrey County Council will face a funding gap of almost £100m by March 2021 unless it acts now, a report by accountancy experts CIPFA has warned. In a report commissioned by the council, CIPFA said that Surrey won’t have suffici...

Kerslake: Central government too focused on Brexit to help council finances

17.09.18: The former head of the Civil Service, Lord Kerslake, has argued that central government is disregarding councils and local authorities as it is too preoccupied with Brexit. Lord Kerslake’s comments came as he spoke at CIPFA’s co...

Struggling council could close up to 30 schools and raise taxes as ‘unpopular decisions’ must be made

17.09.18: Anglesey council is considering closing almost 30 schools and a major increase in council taxes as it tries to balance the books. The council is meeting this morning to discuss its options, which include closing schools with fewer than 120...

£100m regeneration investment to 'breathe new life' into Blackpool town centre approved

14.09.18: A series of projects that will catalyse a £100m regeneration of Blackpool town centre has been approved. Included in Blackpool Council’s major investment projects is a £26m state-of-the-art conference centre, a £23m...

Northamptonshire council chief admits job is ‘fraught with risk’

14.09.18: The new chief executive of Northamptonshire County Council, Theresa Grant, has said that day-to-day life working at the cash-strapped council is “fraught with risk.” Grant is the council’s fourth CEO in just 12 months and...

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Council controversially begins first monthly bin collection in England and Wales

25/09/2018Council controversially begins first monthly bin collection in England and Wales

Monthly bin collections have been introduced for the first time in England and Wales by Conwy County Council, despite major complaints from resid... more >
Nottinghamshire leader hits back: ‘We’re the most transparent and open council there is’

25/09/2018Nottinghamshire leader hits back: ‘We’re the most transparent and open council there is’

The leader of Nottinghamshire County Council has hit back against claims that the authority lacks transparency, claiming that the council is &ldq... more >
Exclusive: Notts leader rejects calls for council merger referendum, public decision due in May

25/09/2018Exclusive: Notts leader rejects calls for council merger referendum, public decision due in May

The leader of Nottinghamshire County Council has rejected calls from opposing councillors to put potential merger plans to a referendum, arguing ... 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 >
Northamptonshire CC members vote in favour of unitary proposals

28/08/2018Northamptonshire CC members vote in favour of unitary proposals

Councillors at Northamptonshire County Council have voted in favour of proposals to create a unitary authority at its full council meeting today. The financially-struggling authority has had... more >
Northamptonshire report to propose splitting region into two unitaries

17/08/2018Northamptonshire report to propose splitting region into two unitaries

A report on the future of the debt-ridden Northamptonshire region due to be published this afternoon will likely recommend replacing all eight local authorities with two unitary councils. Pu... more >

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Social value: what is it and why?

14/09/2018Social value: what is it and why?

Ben Carpenter, chief executive of Social Value UK, discusses the worth of social value, and argues that, before we start measuring social value, we should ask clearly: what is it, and why? Social value is so much more than a value for money exercise. If you see social value as simply a new catchphrase for ‘efficiency savings’... more >
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Crown Commercial Service: Travel solutions on track

10/09/2018Crown Commercial Service: Travel solutions on track

Katrina Williams, head of travel at the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), explains how they are helping government organisations to get the best de... more >
LEPs need to do more for England's countryside

10/09/2018LEPs need to do more for England's countryside

Paul Miner, head of strategic plans and devolution at the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), highlights the findings of a recent survey wh... more >
What about social care?

10/09/2018What about social care?

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, looks at the exclusion of social care from the government’s rece... more >
Re-evaluating public service reforms

10/09/2018Re-evaluating public service reforms

Chris Painter, professor emeritus at Birmingham City University, explores the paradox of reform principles persisting despite mounting evidence a... more >

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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 >
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 >
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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