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Union commits to divesting Scottish LG pension funds away from fossil fuels

26.06.17: A union has announced it will campaign for the divestment of its local government pensions away from fossil fuels over the next five years. Unison argues that the measures will be taken to reduce carbon emissions by moving pension funds awa...

Street unveils majority Labour leadership team for WMCA

26.06.17: Andy Street the first West Midlands metro mayor has revealed who will head up the different portfolios in the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).   At the WMCA’s Annual General Meeting, councillors from a number of smaller a...

Managing fire safety ‘broken’ as tower blocks in 25 areas fail combustibility tests

26.06.17: The government has this week revealed that 60 buildings with cladding similar to Grenfell Tower across 25 local authority areas have failed combustibility tests. These include a number of areas in London, such as Barnet, Islington and Brent as w...

Innovation in commissioning services

26.06.17: Malcolm Harbour CBE, who wrote Parliament’s first report on innovation in public procurement in 2008 and now chairs the LGA expert group on this subject, justifies the need to integrate commissioning into innovative procurement and identif...

Engaging the voluntary sector: how to make devolution a success

26.06.17: Paul Winyard, senior policy officer at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), explains why it’s fundamental that the third sector has a seat at the devolution table in order to develop a shared sense of ambition. The...

HSCN: The enabler for a more joined-up public sector

26.06.17: Mark Hall, Chief Assurance Officer at Redcentric, discusses NHS Digital’s project, the new Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) and what benefits it will deliver when it replaces the N3 national private network. In short, HSCN is the...

The impact of the cyber security strategy on the public sector

26.06.17: Six months on from the announcement of the government’s National Cyber Security Strategy, Talal Rajab, head of programme – cyber and national security at techUK, analyses its approach so far and the extent of its impact on the public...

Gloucester City considers co-locating with county council

23.06.17: A local authority is looking to relocate out of its local offices and move towards flexible working practices in a bid to save money. Gloucester City Council has today announced that it has started talks with the county council about reloca...

Birmingham council reveals ICT partnership to deliver £43m savings

23.06.17: A new partnership proposal that is expected to yield £43m worth of savings by 2020-21 for Birmingham City Council has been revealed. Plans that are due to go to the council’s cabinet on June 27 will keep core service contracts i...

Court rules government blocking of pension divestment boycotts unlawful

23.06.17: The government acted unlawfully by trying to block councils from pursuing divestment boycotts and sanctions against Israel through their pensions schemes, a court has ruled. Last week, PSE reported that campaigners for the Palestine Solidar...

Police governance and service delivery in the 21st century

23.06.17: Barry Loveday, reader in criminal justice administration at the University of Portsmouth, considers the role that the new metro mayors will have on policing and local service delivery. How significant the arrival of the new directly-elected...

The future of localism

23.06.17: There have been a lot of opportunities for democratic participation in the UK recently – a referendum, local elections, six new metro mayors and now a snap general election, all within the last 12 months, reflects Tony Armstrong, chief exe...

A supplier network fit for an integrated sector

23.06.17: PSE’s Luana Salles outlines everything health and care organisations need to know to prepare for the switch from the legacy N3 to a new, interoperable connectivity network with a rich offer of suppliers. The NHS is undergoing major tr...

Maximising scarce resources

23.06.17: Mick Endsor, a research associate at the International Centre for Security Analysis at King’s College London, explains why open source intelligence could be a valuable tool in the fight for public sector organisations to detect fraud and h...

Managing grey fleet: the key to unlock electric vehicle use?

23.06.17: Ian Featherstone, fleet advice manager at the Energy Saving Trust (EST), explains why managing the grey fleet can help determine if electric vehicles (EVs) can be used cost-effectively as pool cars. EST has worked with fleets for many years...

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Innovation in commissioning services

26/06/2017Innovation in commissioning services

Malcolm Harbour CBE, who wrote Parliament’s first report on innovatio... more >
Engaging the voluntary sector: how to make devolution a success

26/06/2017Engaging the voluntary sector: how to make devolution a success

Paul Winyard, senior policy officer at the National Council for Voluntary O... more >

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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 NHS, housing to the economy, and, of course, the all-consuming and imminent Brexit negotiations which will have ramifications for generations to... read more >

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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-based more > more last word articles >

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HSCN: The enabler for a more joined-up public sector

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

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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 ... more >
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