National and Devolved Politics

Council spending on unaccompanied asylum-seeking children double in four years

21.02.19: The amount of money being spent on vital services in the care and support of unaccompanied children seeking asylum by councils has doubled in four years, according to the LGA. Despite local authorities’ best efforts and eagerness to p...

Holyrood committee airs concerns over ‘lack of transparency, accountability, and alignment’ of Business Gateway

21.02.19: A committee of MSPs has expressed concerns about the “lack of transparency, accountability, and alignment” of a council-run business support service delivering advice to companies around the country. The Economy, Energy, and Fai...

Proposed population-based council funding formula would hit deprived areas

21.02.19: Government proposals to assess local authorities’ spending needs based on population will only divert funding from councils serving deprived areas to those serving more affluent areas, according to an analysis from leading economists. ...

Driscoll beats his own council’s leader to Labour nomination for the first North of Tyne mayor

20.02.19: Jamie Driscoll has been selected as Labour’s candidate to become the mayor of the North of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA) after beating Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes. Driscoll, a councillor under Forbes at Newcastle City C...

‘Significant financial pressures’ forces Durham County Council into reserves as it approves £16m of cuts

20.02.19: Durham County Council has committed to cutbacks of £16m but pledged an additional £74m to capital investment as the authority drops into its reserves. Following a £14.2m reduction in Durham’s revenue support grant fr...

Gateshead Council to cut 104 jobs as it blames £29m budget deficit on ‘broken’ government funding

20.02.19: Around 104 jobs are to be lost and £29m worth of savings need to be made at Gateshead Council in its 2019-20 budget – as the authority’s leader slams the government for putting it in this “desperate situation.” ...

Amey looking to escape Birmingham roads contract with £200m divorce bill

19.02.19: Amey could be set to pay more than £200m to free itself from a troubled 25-year PFI contract with Birmingham City Council to repair its roads following a five-year legal battle with the authority. The outsourcing giant lost the legal...

‘Bitterly disappointed’ council votes to refer shake-up of Shropshire hospital services to health secretary

19.02.19: Councillors at an emergency meeting at Telford and Wrekin Council have decided to refer the “harmful” and “fatally flawed” plans to shake-up hospital services in Shropshire to the health secretary Matt Hancock. Clini...

‘Dishonest and corrupt’ DWP worker jailed for £40k universal credit fraud

19.02.19: A Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) employee who paid herself more than £40,000 in universal credit payments has pleaded guilty to fraud and been jailed for a year. Lauren Wainwright, 32, used claimants’ national insurance...

Anglesey council faces ‘biggest financial challenge to date’ in setting balanced budget amidst bankruptcy warnings

19.02.19: Anglesey County Council faces bankruptcy if it doesn’t put more money aside, its financial chief has warned as the authority announces multi-million-pound savings and a 9.5% council tax increase. The county council said it faces &ldqu...

‘Enough is enough’: Powys County Council speaks out against cuts and demands fair deal from government

18.02.19: A Welsh authority set to increase its council tax by nearly 10% has publicly spoken out about the unfair funding formula for councils, and has urged the first minister to enter talks to deliver “a fair deal.” Powys County Counci...

Plastic packaging tax and weekly food collections in plans for government overhaul of national waste system

18.02.19: The government has launched plans to overhaul the country’s waste system, with packaging producers potentially being required to cover the full cost of dealing with their waste and also facing a new tax for plastic packaging. A series...

Supreme Court to hear care workers' case in £400m Mencap sleep-in battle

18.02.19: Low-paid social care workers have won the right to appeal against a decision not to pay minimum wage to carers performing ‘sleep-in’ shifts following a ruling by the Supreme Court. The decision means social care workers will be...

Chris Painter: May's failing Brexit project

18.02.19: Chris Painter, professor emeritus at Birmingham City University, examines the reasons why prime minister Theresa May’s approach to Brexit has proved so problematic. A premiership in context There are fascinating parallels between the...

Creating powerful partnerships across the North

18.02.19: Colin Bell, business growth director at the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), talks about why partnership across the North is key to achieving economic growth. Partnership is central to the work we do at the North East LEP &nda...

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Council spending on unaccompanied asylum-seeking children double in four years

21/02/2019Council spending on unaccompanied asylum-seeking children double in four years

The amount of money being spent on vital services in the care and support of unaccompanied children seeking asylum by councils has doubled in fou... more >
Holyrood committee airs concerns over ‘lack of transparency, accountability, and alignment’ of Business Gateway

21/02/2019Holyrood committee airs concerns over ‘lack of transparency, accountability, and alignment’ of Business Gateway

A committee of MSPs has expressed concerns about the “lack of transparency, accountability, and alignment” of a council-run business ... more >
Proposed population-based council funding formula would hit deprived areas

21/02/2019Proposed population-based council funding formula would hit deprived areas

Government proposals to assess local authorities’ spending needs based on population will only divert funding from councils serving deprive... 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 >
Newham LBC to sue RBS over £150m in LOBO loans

08/02/2019Newham LBC to sue RBS over £150m in LOBO loans

Newham London Borough Council is to sue the Royal Bank of Scotland over the terms of around £150m worth of LOBO bank-loans, making it the latest council to take legal action against banks o... more >
Edinburgh Council becomes first UK authority to introduce ‘tourist tax’

07/02/2019Edinburgh Council becomes first UK authority to introduce ‘tourist tax’

Councillors at Edinburgh City Council voted today to approve the first ever UK ‘tourist tax’ which will raise an estimated £14.6m annually. The Transient Visitor Levy (TVL)... more >

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Blog: LiveTiles at EvoNorth 27-28 Feb 2019

21/02/2019Blog: LiveTiles at EvoNorth 27-28 Feb 2019

LiveTiles is proud to be sponsors of EvoNorth, taking place on 27-28 Feb 2019 at the Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground. Designed specifically for the North, by the North, EvoNorth is uniting over 300 leaders, influencers, and decision makers responsible for building, shaping and delivering the Northern Powerhouse. EvoNorth is the perfec... more >
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Acas and the people's powerhouse

18/02/2019Acas and the people's powerhouse

Ahead of her speaking slot at this year’s EvoNorth, Acas chief executive Susan Clews assesses the current climate of workplaces and what ma... more >
Bolton and Wigan's strategic ICT partnership: Crossing borders together

18/02/2019Bolton and Wigan's strategic ICT partnership: Crossing borders together

Alison Hughes, assistant director of strategic ICT partnership at Bolton & Wigan councils, explains how the two councils are collaboratively ... more >
Chris Painter: May's failing Brexit project

18/02/2019Chris Painter: May's failing Brexit project

Chris Painter, professor emeritus at Birmingham City University, examines the reasons why prime minister Theresa May’s approach to Brexit h... more >
Creating powerful partnerships across the North

18/02/2019Creating powerful partnerships across the North

Colin Bell, business growth director at the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), talks about why partnership across the North is key to... 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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