National and Devolved Politics

District and borough authorities begin challenge against Nottinghamshire super-council

20.07.18: Gedling council members have emphatically outlined their stance against a potential mega-merger in Nottinghamshire that could see borough and district authorities being scrapped. Nottinghamshire County Council, who proceeded with a formal b...

Northamptonshire new CEO approved by Full Council to lead area through ‘unprecedented time of change’

20.07.18: Northamptonshire County Council’s new chief executive has been endorsed at the authority’s Full Council meeting yesterday, with the authority’s leader saying the new CEO “knows what she’s letting herself in for.&rdq...

North west council to consider Court of Appeal decision on carer sleep-in payments

19.07.18: Cheshire East Council is to consider the implications of a Court of Appeal decision on sleep-in payments for carers. The announcement comes following a successful appeal by disabilities charity Mencap, which argued that a previous tribunal...

One step closer to voter IDs at elections

19.07.18: Chloe Smith MP, Minister for the Constitution, evaluates the outcomes of the voter ID pilots conducted at the last local elections. We are one step closer to strengthening the integrity of our electoral system through requiring electors to...

London council leader and CEO step down due to potential ‘conflict of interest’ in Capita deal

18.07.18: The chief executive and leader of a London Borough council have resigned from their positions due to a potential conflict of interest created by a Regional Enterprise deal with Capita. Council leader Richard Cornelius and CEO John Hooton of...

Major London council lambasted by independent QC report over failed £40m investment into London Stadium

18.07.18: A scathing new inquiry into Newham Borough Council’s investment of £40m to London Stadium has said the move was flawed because it did not ensure financial conditions for the investment would be met. The authority made the multim...

Banks sued by 15 major councils in controversial loans fraud court battle

17.07.18: Barclays is facing a legal battle over the issuing of controversial loans worth millions of pounds to major English councils. A High Court claim revealed by the Mail on Sunday found that 14 major local authorities including Bradford, Greate...

No section 114 for Somerset CC despite funding issues

17.07.18: A struggling south west authority will not issue a rare section 114 notice in spite of severe funding pressures. Somerset County Council, who were close to issuing the notice earlier this month – which would impose strict spending res...

Northumberland council hit with legal claim after firm racks up £13m delayed project bill

16.07.18: Northumberland County Council’s decision to scrap new housing proposals may have cost a developer more than £13m in planning permission costs. Newcastle-based property developer the Lugano Group was due to build the Dissington G...

Controversial bridge tolls will not be repaid by Merseyside council despite deemed 'illegal'

16.07.18: Controversial payments levied on users of a Merseyside bridge will not be repaid by its council in spite of a legal ruling deeming the fees to be illegal. Passengers using the Mersey Gateway Bridge have paid millions of pounds in £2 f...

New chief executive set to replace disgraced boss at Liverpool City Council

16.07.18: Liverpool City Council is planning to announce its new chief executive to replace recently-resigned CEO Ged Fitzgerald. According to reports from the Liverpool Echo, following the conclusion of the interview process the frontrunner for the...

Councils defy government by pressing ahead with vetoed ‘One Yorkshire’ devolution plan

13.07.18: Yorkshire leaders look ready to defy the government’s devolution stance after voicing disappointment with communities secretary James Brokenshire’s response earlier this week to their ‘One Yorkshire’ proposal. In a s...

Business case on the way for Nottinghamshire ‘super council’

13.07.18: Nottinghamshire has decided to proceed with a formal business case setting out plans to replace the current two-tier system in the region with a unitary authority after a vote was passed in yesterday’s Full Council meeting. By a sligh...

Council leaders call for consultation on post-Brexit regional funding

13.07.18: Local government leaders have welcomed the government’s Brexit white paper, with the LGA arguing that it gives “a clearer understanding of what the government’s vision of post-Brexit Britain will look like.” Moreover...

More spending freedoms agreed for Liverpool City Region

12.07.18: A new funding agreement for Liverpool City Region has been agreed and will give its metro mayor Steve Rotherham and the combined authority greater freedom over its spending. Rotherham will be able to plan and invest in ways which will drive...

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District and borough authorities begin challenge against Nottinghamshire super-council

20/07/2018District and borough authorities begin challenge against Nottinghamshire super-council

Gedling council members have emphatically outlined their stance against a potential mega-merger in Nottinghamshire that could see borough and dis... more >
Northamptonshire new CEO approved by Full Council to lead area through ‘unprecedented time of change’

20/07/2018Northamptonshire new CEO approved by Full Council to lead area through ‘unprecedented time of change’

Northamptonshire County Council’s new chief executive has been endorsed at the authority’s Full Council meeting yesterday, with the a... more >
‘Naming and shaming index’ for bankrupt councils fails to offer genuine solution

20/07/2018‘Naming and shaming index’ for bankrupt councils fails to offer genuine solution

An index designed to measure councils’ financial resilience in order to avoid another Northamptonshire-style fiasco would actually risk ove... 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 >
Banks sued by 15 major councils in controversial loans fraud court battle

17/07/2018Banks sued by 15 major councils in controversial loans fraud court battle

Barclays is facing a legal battle over the issuing of controversial loans worth millions of pounds to major English councils. A High Court claim revealed by the Mail on Sunday found that 14 ... more >
Business case on the way for Nottinghamshire ‘super council’

13/07/2018Business case on the way for Nottinghamshire ‘super council’

Nottinghamshire has decided to proceed with a formal business case setting out plans to replace the current two-tier system in the region with a unitary authority after a vote was passed in yeste... more >

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One step closer to voter IDs at elections

19/07/2018One step closer to voter IDs at elections

Chloe Smith MP, Minister for the Constitution, evaluates the outcomes of the voter ID pilots conducted at the last local elections. We are one step closer to strengthening the integrity of our electoral system through requiring electors to confirm their identity before they vote, building on the government’s commitment to safeguard ... more >
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One step closer to voter IDs at elections

19/07/2018One step closer to voter IDs at elections

Chloe Smith MP, Minister for the Constitution, evaluates the outcomes of the voter ID pilots conducted at the last local elections. We are o... more >
Accountability in government: what next?

02/07/2018Accountability in government: what next?

Benoit Guerin, senior researcher at the Institute for Government (IfG), explains why accountability in government needs improving and sets out wh... more >
Potholes: The scourge of the roads

02/07/2018Potholes: The scourge of the roads

Potholes are a scourge on our roads and can have much farther-reaching consequences than one might think. Re-routing just a small amount of exist... more >
Can data save the future of children?

02/07/2018Can data save the future of children?

Ingrid Koehler, service innovation lead at the LGiU, takes a look at the untapped potential for a digital, data-led transformation of children&rs... more >

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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 >
GDPR: The public sector scarecrow

03/04/2018GDPR: The public sector scarecrow

SPONSORED INTERVIEW PSE’s Josh Mines chats to Martin de Martini, CIO of Y Soft, about what the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)... more >
Keeping London safe

05/03/2018Keeping London safe

Theo Blackwell, London’s first-ever chief digital officer (CDO), speaks to PSE’s Luana Salles about the role he plays in ensuring the... more >
BIM: Digitising the public sector

19/02/2018BIM: Digitising the public sector

PSE’s Josh Mines talks to Stephen Crompton, CTO at GroupBC, and Stuart Bell, the company’s sales and marketing director, about how Bu... more >

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