National and Devolved Politics

Council wins ‘landmark’ Supreme Court battle to recoup £1.3m licensing costs

21.07.17: A London council has this week celebrated a landmark judgement which could see it recover up to £1.3m in regulatory and enforcement costs. Westminster City Council has been embroiled in a lengthy legal battle with Simply Pleasures Ltd...

CCN calls for ‘new deal’ on devolving powers to counties

19.07.17: County councils have today called for a “new deal” to reshape the government’s relationship with rural England and grant a greater devolution of powers to these areas. Releasing its blueprint for the next five years ca...

Sheffield devo hits latest setback as plans are put on hold until September

18.07.17: A decision on Sheffield City Region’s devolution deal will be put on hold until September, the authority has today announced. The action was taken as leaders from Barnsley and Doncaster said they wanted to consider their position and...

District to review senior management ahead of move to committee model

17.07.17: Basildon Borough Council will undertake a review of its senior management posts ahead of a major change in the structure of the authority. Ahead of the review, Basildon’s chief executive Bala Mahendran has made the decision to step do...

Burnham: Early backlash against devolution is wholly unsurprising

13.07.17: It’s no wonder that there was a strong backlash against devolution from the very beginning given that the entire process looked like it was being shaped by the same “old thinking, old voices, and the old men in suits”, mayor of...

Betts re-elected as chair of CLG committee

13.07.17: Clive Betts has been re-elected as the chair of the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Select Committee. MPs voted in a secret ballot yesterday for who would lead up each of its select committees, and Betts beat fellow Labour candidate...

Javid defends LGA comments that went down ‘like a bucket of cold sick’

12.07.17: Communities secretary Sajid Javid has defended comments he made at the Local Government Association (LGA) conference last week by saying that “good friends are honest and open with each other”. Speaking at a summer reception hos...

Local news ‘black spots’ threaten social cohesion and democracy, councils told

06.07.17: Council should “worry quite a lot” about the growing amount of ‘journalism black spots’ emerging across the country as local newspapers and news outlets are shut down and communities become increasingly alienated from the...

Structure of CAs too complex to drive real change, warns NAO

06.07.17: The introduction of combined authorities has led to the structure of local government becoming too complicated to drive real change, an independent review has found. In a report released today by the National Audit Office (NAO), the ne...

Kerslake: Powers brought back through Brexit must be given to LG and Whitehall

05.07.17: There has never been a more important time for the local government voice to be heard by Whitehall, to ensure more powers are returned to local areas, Lord Kerslake has stated. During his speech at the LGA’s conference, after being re...

Javid: LG must rebuild, refresh and reinforce public trust

05.07.17: Following the recent Grenfell Tower fire tragedy, which led to the resignation of the CEO and leader of Kensington and Chelsea council, local government is facing a “looming crisis” in public trust, the communities secretary has stat...

Lord Porter: Councils to lose 75p of every £1 of Whitehall cash by 2020

04.07.17: Lord Porter, the Conservative chairman of the LGA, has today called for an end to austerity as he warned that by 2020, local government will have lost 75p of every £1 of core central government funding that it had spent in 2015. The L...

Two combined authorities reveal new CEOs at cost of £300,000

29.06.17: The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority have confirmed the appointments of their CEOs this week, with the pair’s combined salaries costing the authorities £300,000 overal...

CCN: Still no place at the table for councils a year on from Brexit

29.06.17: County Councils have this week slammed Whitehall’s inability to engage with local government on how Brexit will affect their communities and businesses. Speaking at the Public Sector Show in London, director of the County Councils Net...

Sheffield LEP: Politicians must stay focused on next step of stalled devo deal

27.06.17: Private sector board members in the Sheffield Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) have signalled their continued support for the region’s devolution – which has faced a series of setbacks in recent months – by promising to do ev...

public sector executive tv

more videos >

latest public sector news

Watchdog slams local product recall systems as ‘not fit for purpose’

21/07/2017Watchdog slams local product recall systems as ‘not fit for purpose’

The UK has a “fragmented” product safety and recall system that is putting people’s lives in danger, a major consumer watchdog ... more >
Edinburgh region given £1.1bn boost to drive investment and inclusion

21/07/2017Edinburgh region given £1.1bn boost to drive investment and inclusion

A deal worth £1.1bn to drive investment and address inclusion in the Edinburgh and South-East Scotland area was yesterday signed by the UK ... more >
Council wins ‘landmark’ Supreme Court battle to recoup £1.3m licensing costs

21/07/2017Council wins ‘landmark’ Supreme Court battle to recoup £1.3m licensing costs

A London council has this week celebrated a landmark judgement which could see it recover up to £1.3m in regulatory and enforcement costs. ... more >

editor's comment

15/06/2017Challenges remain

As PSE went to press, we were days away from finding out which political party or parties would be leading the country following Theresa May’s decision to call a snap general election for 8 June.  Whoever enters the door at No.10, irrelevant of their political colour, is faced with serious challenges, from social care to the NH... read more >

last word

National policies won’t fix local problems

National policies won’t fix local problems

Andrew Carter, the recently-appointed chief executive of Centre for Cities, argues that the new government will only succeed if it focuses on implementing policies that are adaptable to place-bas... more > more last word articles >
Burnham: Early backlash against devolution is wholly unsurprising

13/07/2017Burnham: Early backlash against devolution is wholly unsurprising

It’s no wonder that there was a strong backlash against devolution from the very beginning given that the entire process looked like it was being shaped by the same “old thinking, old... more >
Roll-out of 100% business rates retention to LG by 2019-20 ‘unrealistic’

10/07/2017Roll-out of 100% business rates retention to LG by 2019-20 ‘unrealistic’

Meeting the target of rolling out 100% business rates retention nationally by 2019-20, which was set out by the last government, is now “unrealistic,” London Councils has stated. ... more >

the raven's daily blog

Councillors celebrated in Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2017

19/06/2017Councillors celebrated in Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2017

A number of local government leaders and figures have been named in the Queen’s 2017 Birthday Honours list. The list recognises the achievements of people across a number of different sectors by handing out awards for services to their respective fields. All in all, 1,109 people received an award this year, as 554 (50%) of peop... more >
read more blog posts from 'the raven' >

comment

Changing our commissioning approach

03/07/2017Changing our commissioning approach

Michelle Atkinson, commissioning manager at Leeds City Council, explains how the local authority has changed its approach to commissioning homeca... more >
Reinventing local government

03/07/2017Reinventing local government

The time has come for councils to adopt a ‘changemaking’ culture in order to drive a radical reinvention in local government, argues ... more >
Public sector outsourcing: a marriage that must work

03/07/2017Public sector outsourcing: a marriage that must work

Kerry Hallard, the president of the Global Sourcing Association, argues that despite some highly-publicised cases of breakdowns in public sector ... more >
Harnessing data sharing in transport

30/06/2017Harnessing data sharing in transport

Simon White of Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) argues that the UK can be at the forefront of innovative mobility solutions if the government enc... more >

interviews

‘The HSCN is the realisation of industry best practice’

30/06/2017‘The HSCN is the realisation of industry best practice’

Keith Smith, public sector business development manager at Virgin Media Business, tells PSE’s Luana Salles that health and social care orga... more >
HSCN: The enabler for a more joined-up public sector

26/06/2017HSCN: The enabler for a more joined-up public sector

Mark Hall, Chief Assurance Officer at Redcentric, discusses NHS Digital’s project, the new Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) and what b... 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 >
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 >

public sector focus

View all News