National and Devolved Politics

Rotherham Council recommended for return of final powers, says commissioners

19.06.18: Government-appointed commissioners have given the green-light for Rotherham City Council to be regranted full control of public services after “impressive” improvements across departments since 2015. Three years ago the council...

A shocking eight out of ten workers have lost confidence in the future of council services, survey finds

18.06.18: Council services are failing residents with over two thirds believing they don’t receive help and support when they need it, a new survey has found. Severe spending cuts to budgets of local authorities around the UK means that many co...

Brexit's long shadow over devolution

18.06.18: The EU Referendum and the stop-start Brexit negotiations have left a looming shadow of uncertainty over devolution in the UK, writes Anthony Salamone, research fellow at strategic a at the Scottish Centre on European Relations. Brexit is un...

On a cliff edge: The Barnett Formula

14.06.18: David Phillips, associate director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, gives his analysis of the Barnett Formula post-Brexit and asks: how will we replace EU funding to the devolved governments and local areas of the UK? The UK is due to...

Unresolved business rates appeals divert £2.5bn away from public services

13.06.18: Over 130,000 business rates appeals from 2010 remain unresolved, according to the LGA. In the past eight years, over a million businesses have challenged their business rates bills, but the latest figures show that 133,060 appeals have yet to b...

Somerset should form three unitary authorities, MP suggests

12.06.18: Bath and North East Somerset Council leader, Tim Warren, has revealed that he would be open to a council merger, backing MP James Heappey’s recent suggestion of forming three new councils. Writing for the Western Daily Press recently, Hea...

Wales council mergers ‘not in interests of residents,’ says Denbighshire

12.06.18: Denbighshire County Council has warned that plans to force councils across Wales to merge would “undermine their ability to deliver services.” In a special council meeting yesterday, the council agreed to a formal response to the gr...

Virgin Media to go to court with council over land usage

11.06.18: Virgin Media have launched an unprecedented legal challenge against Durham County Council over accusations it is blocking plans to bring ultrafast broadband to homes in the area. Tension between the two parties was caused by Virgin’s...

Councillors reject merger plans, tell minister to ‘stick green paper in the bin’

08.06.18: Anglesey councillors have unanimously rejected plans to merge with neighbouring Gwynedd Council, telling first minister Carwyn Jones to “stick his green paper in the bin where it belongs.” The Welsh Government’s consultative g...

Bankrupt council’s departing LGSS boss handed £66k retirement pay-off

08.06.18: The managing director of the Local Government Shared Services (LGSS) jointly run by the struggling Northamptonshire County Council – which is now under the leadership of government commissioners after being effectively considered bankrupt...

Most leaders expect some councils to face ‘serious financial crisis’ next year

08.06.18: Almost three-quarters (74%) of council leaders are expecting some local authorities to plunge into a “serious financial crisis” next year. The ‘Local state we’re in 2018’ report surveyed 81 local authority chief ex...

Council mergers on the rise as almost 500 shared services deals agreed to cope with austerity

07.06.18: Local governments around England have made at least 486 agreements to share services with other councils in the past seven years in an effort to trim costs in times of austerity. The signed deals have saved authorities at least £657m...

Struggling Somerset council plans to boost children’s services budget

07.06.18: Children’s services and children with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) will be given more budget focus as part of Somerset Council’s meeting next week. The authority’s board papers, due to be discussed at th...

MPs say Glasgow council asleep at wheel for accepting mystery Rolls-Royce gift during austerity

07.06.18: Scotland’s largest local authority has been criticised for accepting an anonymous donation of a Rolls-Royce for use of Lord Provost Eva Bolander. The donation of the two-year-old Rolls-Royce Ghost— which will replace one of Glas...

Southwark leader elected chair of London Councils

06.06.18: Councilor Peter John OBE has been elected as chair of the London Councils network. Cllr John was elected at London Council’s annual general meeting, held yesterday. He is Leader of Southwark Council and was formerly deputy chair of Lo...

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Rotherham Council recommended for return of final powers, says commissioners

19/06/2018Rotherham Council recommended for return of final powers, says commissioners

Government-appointed commissioners have given the green-light for Rotherham City Council to be regranted full control of public services after &l... more >
Combustible cladding to be banned in high-rises

19/06/2018Combustible cladding to be banned in high-rises

James Brokenshire has finally revealed plans to ban the use of combustible cladding on high-rise residential buildings. A consultation on bannin... more >
Family of Glasgow boy killed in cemetery awarded compensation by city council

19/06/2018Family of Glasgow boy killed in cemetery awarded compensation by city council

Glasgow City Council will pay compensation to the family of a boy who died after a headstone fell on him. Ciaran Williamson was aged 8 when ... 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 >
Government under fire for lack of care funding after £20bn NHS pledge

18/06/2018Government under fire for lack of care funding after £20bn NHS pledge

Council chiefs have heavily criticised Theresa May for not including social care funding in her promise to increase cash resources by £20bn annually for the NHS to mark the service’s ... more >
Somerset should form three unitary authorities, MP suggests

12/06/2018Somerset should form three unitary authorities, MP suggests

Bath and North East Somerset Council leader, Tim Warren, has revealed that he would be open to a council merger, backing MP James Heappey’s recent suggestion of forming three new councils. ... more >

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The work of the vanguards can help overcome the challenges of integrated care

29/05/2018The work of the vanguards can help overcome the challenges of integrated care

Following the announcement of the second wave of integrated care systems (ICSs), NHS Providers, the NHS Confederation, NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) and the LGA reflect on how lessons learnt by members from across the four organisations – that have designed and worked together as part of the vanguards – will support the j... more >
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Grenfell, one year on

18/06/2018Grenfell, one year on

In the year since the Grenfell Tower disaster, the LGA has been working tirelessly to ramp up fire safety regulations and ban ‘desktop&rsqu... more >
Brexit's long shadow over devolution

18/06/2018Brexit's long shadow over devolution

The EU Referendum and the stop-start Brexit negotiations have left a looming shadow of uncertainty over devolution in the UK, writes Anthony Sala... more >
Decisions, decisions

18/06/2018Decisions, decisions

The true social value of procurement comes from asking challenging questions and thinking outside the box, argues Melissa Bell, sustainable procu... more >
Finding the balance

18/06/2018Finding the balance

Douglas White, head of advocacy at the Carnegie UK Trust, evaluates the risk-benefit relationship of data sharing within the public sector, highl... 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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    Rafael Cortes, Foehn head of marketing, explains how G-Cloud 10 should be a catalyst for innovative solutions and not a source of complacency. It was...
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    David Willett, corporate director at The Open University, walks us through the university’s research into the apprenticeship levy, as well as...
  • 30/04/2018The legacy of Grenfell

    PSE’s Seamus McDonnell looks at the reactions of councils and the government to the Grenfell Tower fire, from the immediate aftermath to the...
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