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Northern leaders call for further devolution from ‘out of touch’ Whitehall

22.02.17: A number of northern council CEOs and senior councillors have united in calling for more powers to be devolved to northern councils to maximise the economic benefits of the Northern Powerhouse plan and give control to local authorities to determ...

How England’s new metro mayors can learn from Ken, Boris and Sadiq

20.02.17: London’s current and former mayors offer important lessons on the opportunities – and potential pitfalls – the new metro mayors will face, argues Alexandra Jones, chief executive of Centre for Cities. In May this year, new...

Leaders urged to boycott all-male panels as local gov women ‘sick and fed up’

20.02.17: Local government leaders and chief executives are being urged to boycott all-male panels in events, such as the upcoming Northern Powerhouse Conference, with Wigan Council boss Donna Hall telling PSE that she and her colleagues are “sick...

WYCA: HS2 can ‘only be as good as local rail connections make it’

17.02.17: It is of vital importance that investment in the conventional rail network continues over the next 20 years during the development of HS2 to ensure that West Yorkshire becomes “truly HS2-ready” and the project’s benefits can be...

Glasgow to borrow £30m to fund ‘Innovation District’ in city centre

16.02.17: A proposal to borrow £30m to support the development of an innovation district in Glasgow was approved by the City Council today. The council’s executive committee agreed to a Tax Incremental Finance (TIF) scheme to fund the gro...

Warrington devo deal moves forward as final plans are approved

15.02.17: A devolution deal between Warrington and Cheshire took a step forward today as plans were approved by Warrington Borough Council’s executive board. The proposed plans would create a sub-regional partnership between the borough council...

West Yorks leader demands clarity over ‘devolution-ready’ Leeds region

15.02.17: A West Yorkshire leader has demanded that devolution proposals for the Leeds City Region be ‘clarified’ and reignited by communities secretary Sajid Javid after plans submitted 18 months ago were not acted upon. In a letter to J...

Kerslake: Devolving Treasury powers from Whitehall vital for UK

15.02.17: The UK would benefit from further Treasury powers being devolved away from Whitehall, a report by former head of the civil service Lord Kerslake has claimed. The report did also state that further devolution would also require changes to th...

City council launches petition against ‘massive threat’ of One Oxfordshire plan

14.02.17: Oxford City Council has launched an online petition against what it perceives are “disastrous” plans by the region’s county council to abolish all six existing authorities to create a new unitary. The ‘One Oxfordshir...

WMCA mayor must hit ground running with quick-win transport fixes

09.02.17: In the early days of office, the new West Midlands mayor must quickly focus on cutting down on car use and encouraging other forms of transport as a quick-win policy before focusing on longer-term priorities, such as boosting skills and raising...

Urgent framework needed to reboot ‘stalled’ devolution deals

06.02.17: The government’s ambitions for devolution have stalled and need rebooting, particularly in non-metropolitan areas, according to a new report by the IPPR North. The think tank’s report, ‘Rebooting devolution’, said th...

GM mayor accuses May of ‘snubbing’ the north in Brexit talks

01.02.17: Interim Greater Manchester mayor Tony Lloyd has urged the prime minister, Theresa May, to bring the north of England into the Brexit discussion, accusing her of “snubbing” the region. The prime minister has refused to discuss Br...

Khan backs proposals for greater financial devolution in the capital

30.01.17: London should be given further devolution powers equivalent to other global cities to lead the way in the country post-Brexit, according to a new report drawn up for the city’s mayor Sadiq Khan. The study by the London Finance Commiss...

WYCA bites the bullet and floats two pan-Yorkshire mayoral devo models

30.01.17: The West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) is planning to propose an ambitious pan-Yorkshire devolution deal which would involve a single mayor overseeing an assembly of several combined authorities, similar to the Greater London Assembly. ...

Solent’s £1bn devolution deal ‘highly unlikely’ with fresh opposition

27.01.17: Opposition to the Solent Combined Authority devolution deal means that it is “highly unlikely” to go ahead, council leaders have claimed. Solent local authorities including councils in Southampton, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wig...

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Councils divided as HS2 Bill is given Royal Assent

23/02/2017Councils divided as HS2 Bill is given Royal Assent

HS2 will be the “catalyst” in driving economic growth in the West Midlands as the eagerly anticipated high-speed rail link was given ... more >
Councils face ‘significant risk’ in fixing deteriorating school estate

23/02/2017Councils face ‘significant risk’ in fixing deteriorating school estate

Local councils face “significant challenges” in providing enough places in schools as they struggle to maintain the condition of scho... more >
Services failing children with complex needs as national data ‘not fit for purpose’

23/02/2017Services failing children with complex needs as national data ‘not fit for purpose’

Concern has been voiced by the National Children’s Bureau that government and local authority services for children with complex needs are ... more >

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21/02/2017Untapped potential

As PSE went to press, the government had just released its Industrial Strategy green paper, which has an ambitious aim to “improve living standards and economic growth by increasing productivity and driving growth across the whole country”.  Overall, the strategy was welcomed across the public sector. However, as you&rsqu... read more >

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And justice for all

23/02/2017And justice for all

Nothing less than a ‘whole-place’ pooling of public service budgets and devolution of criminal justice system powers to local level can create the conditions for community transformation, argue former communities secretary Hazel Blears and Lord Patel, chairman of the Mental Health Act Commission. Reform of the Criminal Justice... more >
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Shaping the future of local government through districts

23/02/2017Shaping the future of local government through districts

Mark Pawsey (pictured), the MP for Rugby and the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for District Councils, explains why he hopes t... more >
Bristol: the booming smart city

23/02/2017Bristol: the booming smart city

Barney Smith, CEO at Bristol Is Open, explains how the innovative project can help make cities more liveable and sustainable. Bristol is the... more >
Where next for devolution?

23/02/2017Where next for devolution?

Andrew Walker, policy expert on devolution at the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU), explains why devolution in England needs a shot in th... more >
Introducing learning analytics

23/02/2017Introducing learning analytics

Learning analytics make use of the data generated as we learn and teach in order to improve learning and teaching. Rebecca Ferguson, a senior lec... 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 >
Solace president mandate: Champion diversity and celebrate great public services

20/12/2016Solace president mandate: Champion diversity and celebrate great public services

Jo Miller, the recently-elected president of Solace, talks to PSE about the need for championing great public services and ensuring inclusion at ... more >
The secret to the success of one public estate

19/08/2016The secret to the success of one public estate

Central government has faced strong criticism of its many estate schemes in recent years, but one in particular seems to steer clear of the backl... more >
Joint ventures: Are we better together?

19/04/2016Joint ventures: Are we better together?

Vivien Holland, local government advisory director at Grant Thornton UK LLP, examines the potential of Joint Ventures for local authorities going... more >

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