National and Devolved Politics

Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

25.04.17: Ahead of this year’s mayoral elections, Lord Kerslake, the former head of the Civil Service, tells PSE’s David Stevenson why the arguments for devolution remain as compelling as they always have. In February, Lord Kerslake publi...

Engaging voters ahead of May’s elections

24.04.17: Emma Hartley, head of campaigns at the Electoral Commission, discusses the importance of a collaborative approach to engage voters ahead of this year’s elections.  It’s vital that voters can easily participate in every type...

Oxfordshire devolution will boost UK economy

21.04.17: Peter Sloman, chief executive of Oxford City Council, argues that pursuing devolution rather than restructuring local government in the county is better for the area’s economy. This year is likely to be dominated by the debates around...

A significant change to British democracy is approaching

20.04.17: Andrew Walker, policy researcher at the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU), discusses the importance of the upcoming mayoral elections.  Local elections are fast approaching, and there are some really key ones to look out for thi...

IPPR: Collaboration between mayors essential to secure more devolution

20.04.17: The six new mayors of England’s newly formed combined authorities must work together across their regions to drive a new wave of devolution, a report released by IPPR North has stated. In the report, called ‘England’s New...

Dorset council postpones reorganisation referendum until after general election

20.04.17: Christchurch councillors in Dorset have voted to defer a referendum on local government reorganisation until after the snap general election on 8 June. The news was announced this week by the council who say that due to possible changes to...

Brexit, populism and public service

18.04.17: Chris Painter, Professor Emeritus at Birmingham City University, examines recent political shocks and their implications for the context in which public servants operate. Few signature public governance or public service reforms are so far...

Decision to close Lancashire libraries was ‘predetermined’, letter claims

12.04.17: The government is ‘minded’ to order an official inquiry into changes to library provisions in Lancashire which saw 29 libraries closed by the council, raising concerns that the authority made the decision before it had fully consulte...

60 seconds with… local growth minister Andrew Percy

10.04.17: How will the DCLG be promoting this year’s mayoral elections? As we gear up to devolve crucial powers and funding to six of the country’s regions, we’ve created a campaign to help raise awareness of the mayoral elections on 4...

Council combines two executive roles to save over £400,000

10.04.17: Two senior executives at an Essex council have agreed to leave the authority in anticipation of their jobs being rolled into one in a bid to save over £400,000. Harlow Council’s chief executive, Malcolm Morley, and chief operati...

CIPFA: Brexit has potential to spark radical reform in public services

04.04.17: Brexit will have a “immeasurable” effect on the running of public services in the UK, but could also provide a “catalyst for much needed reform,” the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has claim...

Bournemouth BC to pay out £400,000 as CEO position made redundant

03.04.17: Bournemouth Borough Council have formally voted to remove the chief executive role from the council, and will pay out almost £400,000 to the outgoing CEO in costs including a £63,000 redundancy pay package. The story confirms ne...

Civil Service ‘woefully underprepared’ for Brexit as Article 50 triggered

30.03.17: The government must act to provide the Civil Service with the resources it needs to cope with significant challenges posed by Brexit, two unions have warned after Theresa May triggered article 50, formally kick-starting the process of Britain&rs...

60 seconds with… Mark Lloyd

30.03.17: We talk to Mark Lloyd, who has been chief executive of the LGA since November 2015. Prior to taking on this role, he had been the CEO at Cambridgeshire County Council from 2008 and Durham County Council from 2005. What are the biggest challen...

Surrey CC gives notice to withdraw membership from LGA and CCN

29.03.17: Surrey County Council has given notice to withdraw its membership from the Local Government Association (LGA) and County Councils Network (CCN), PSE has today learned. This development follows leader Cllr David Hodge resigning last week as...

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Switch to Universal Credit doubles number of referrals to foodbanks

25/04/2017Switch to Universal Credit doubles number of referrals to foodbanks

Areas where Universal Credit has been rolled out to single people, couples and families have seen a 16.85% increase in the number of people being... more >
Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

25/04/2017Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

Ahead of this year’s mayoral elections, Lord Kerslake, the former head of the Civil Service, tells PSE’s David Stevenson why the argu... more >
Public sector can lead the UK to an ultra-low emission future

25/04/2017Public sector can lead the UK to an ultra-low emission future

Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, explains why the public sector has the potential to shape and accelerate the UK automotive market to be entire... more >

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11/04/2017A watershed moment in British politics

The government has now officially triggered Article 50, formally starting the process of Britain’s exit from the EU. How this will affect local government, the wider public sector and the Civil Service remains to be seen, but the likelihood of it being plain sailing with the enormity of the task ahead seems rather unlikely.  It... read more >

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Parliament cannot solve homelessness through legislation alone

Parliament cannot solve homelessness through legislation alone

Cllr Michelle Lowe, deputy leader and cabinet member for housing and health at Sevenoaks District Council, argues that if the government is really serious about combating homelessness they will w... more > more last word articles >
60 seconds with… local growth minister Andrew Percy

10/04/201760 seconds with… local growth minister Andrew Percy

How will the DCLG be promoting this year’s mayoral elections? As we gear up to devolve crucial powers and funding to six of the country’s regions, we’ve created a campaign to h... more >
Bournemouth BC to pay out £400,000 as CEO position made redundant

03/04/2017Bournemouth BC to pay out £400,000 as CEO position made redundant

Bournemouth Borough Council have formally voted to remove the chief executive role from the council, and will pay out almost £400,000 to the outgoing CEO in costs including a £63,000 ... more >

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Engaging voters ahead of May’s elections

24/04/2017Engaging voters ahead of May’s elections

Emma Hartley, head of campaigns at the Electoral Commission, discusses the importance of a collaborative approach to engage voters ahead of this year’s elections.  It’s vital that voters can easily participate in every type of election so that democracy can work. One of the challenges for the Electoral Commission when new... more >
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Public sector can lead the UK to an ultra-low emission future

25/04/2017Public sector can lead the UK to an ultra-low emission future

Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, explains why the public sector has the potential to shape and accelerate the UK automotive market to be entire... more >
Employee financial wellbeing in the public sector

25/04/2017Employee financial wellbeing in the public sector

Charles Cotton, performance and reward adviser to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), analyses the financial wellbeing o... more >
Wigan Council: embracing digital transformation

25/04/2017Wigan Council: embracing digital transformation

Alison McKenzie-Folan, deputy chief executive, director customer transformation at Wigan Council, explains why local authorities, as digital lead... more >
Oxfordshire devolution will boost UK economy

21/04/2017Oxfordshire devolution will boost UK economy

Peter Sloman, chief executive of Oxford City Council, argues that pursuing devolution rather than restructuring local government in the county is... more >

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Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

25/04/2017Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

Ahead of this year’s mayoral elections, Lord Kerslake, the former head of the Civil Service, tells PSE’s David Stevenson why the argu... more >
New social care funding misses the point

13/04/2017New social care funding misses the point

Clive Betts MP, chair of the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee, reflects on the social care funding released in this year’s ... more >
Leading transformational change through procurement

01/03/2017Leading transformational change through procurement

Liz Welton, chair of the Society of Procurement Officers in Local Government (SOPO), tells PSE’s David Stevenson why there are lots of oppo... more >
McMahon: I worry that the public are not part of the devolution conversation

20/12/2016McMahon: I worry that the public are not part of the devolution conversation

Jim McMahon, Labour’s shadow minister for local government and devolution, talks to PSE’s David Stevenson about the need to radically... more >

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