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Neighbourhood planning handbook launched for councillors

22.05.17: A handbook to help councillors plan their neighbourhoods has been launched by a key local government organisation.   The publication, called ‘The Good Councillor’s Guide to Neighbourhood Planning’ has been released by...

Tory plans to achieve budget surplus by 2025 slammed as ‘disappointing’

22.05.17: Conservative targets to achieve a budget surplus for public sector borrowing by 2025 have been described as “disappointing” by a key economic think tank. In analysis by the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS), it was found that the...

Counties back pledges to scrap ‘arbitrary’ mayors for devo deals

22.05.17: County councils have welcomed the decision taken by the three main political parties to drop plans that would stop areas without a directly elected mayor asking for devolution deals. In a statement released by the County Councils Network (C...

Punitive benefit cuts pushing mental health sufferers further into poverty

22.05.17: The benefits system is causing a large number of people suffering with mental health problems to be made even more unwell, a new survey has found. In research conducted by charity Mind, around 3,000 people with mental health problems were a...

Mandatory voter ID checks ‘like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut’

19.05.17: Experts have slammed the Conservatives manifesto pledge to make voters have to show ID to be able to vote in elections across the UK. The Electoral Reform Society (ERS) said that the decision, which Theresa May’s party says is being b...

IFS: Tory public sector pay cap plan will ‘seriously exacerbate’ recruitment issues

19.05.17: The Conservative Party’s plan to only increase public sector pay by 1% for the next two years is at risk of “seriously exacerbating” existing recruitment problems, economists have said. In analysis published today, the Ins...

Oxfordshire unitary advocate remains head of county council

18.05.17: Plans for a unitary authority in Oxfordshire look set to remain on the table as Ian Hudspeth, a major advocate of the proposals, has retained his place as leader of the Oxfordshire County Council. At a vote on Tuesday, Hudspeth allegedly st...

LGPS deficit cut by £10bn over three years, but still worth £37bn

18.05.17: The gap in the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) has been cut down to £37bn from £47bn in 2013, the LGPS advisory board has revealed. In the annual LGPS report released this week, which aggregates information supplied in th...

Mass exodus of social care workers threatening sector's future

18.05.17: Warnings have been sent about the crumbling state of social care as a key health organisation today stated that one in four social care staff were leaving the profession every year. This is despite the fact that demand for services continue...

Civil Service ‘not even close’ to being ready for post-Brexit trade

17.05.17: Civil Service workers and ministers are currently “not even close” to being ready to negotiate new global trading relationships, according to the Institute for Government (IfG). In a report called ‘Taking Back Control of T...

Third of over-80s receiving inadequate support with daily activities

17.05.17: A third of people over the age of 80 are receiving inadequate care and support to carry out essential tasks such as washing and dressing, a leading charity has today warned. Research conducted by Age UK found that around 30% of over 80s had...

Guide teaches councils to combat ‘fake news’ with evidenced decisions

17.05.17: In a world of increasingly post-truth discourse, influential local government groups have come together to launch guidance for council scrutineers aimed at helping them make evidence-based decisions and counter so-called ‘fake news’....

Labour claims to be ‘party of devolution’ in ambitious manifesto

16.05.17: Labour has described itself as the “party of devolution,” in its manifesto announced by leader Jeremy Corbyn today that lays out a number of ambitious targets for the party if elected to government. This follows a think-tank las...

Lib Dems join Labour in pledge to scrap 1% public sector pay cap

16.05.17: Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has pledged to put an end to the government’s 1% public sector pay cap and uprate wages in line with inflation, a commitment that is in line with Labour’s pledges according to its leaked manifesto. ...

Northern mayors call for transport investment priority over London

16.05.17: The two newly-elected metro mayors of Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region have launched a call for the government to prioritise infrastructure investment in the north, namely by committing to build an east-west rail link across the regi...

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An integrated approach to greening public transport

28/04/2017An integrated approach to greening public transport

Dave Pearson, director of transport services at West Yorkshire Combined Aut... more >
Unlocking the combination to criminal justice reform

28/04/2017Unlocking the combination to criminal justice reform

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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 is, therefore, quite appropriate that in this edition of PSE Professor Chris Painter reflects on the profound changes that have taken place in the... read more >

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Collaborative working is the key to the future at home and abroad

Collaborative working is the key to the future at home and abroad

David Hawkins, operations director at the Institute for Collaborative Working (ICW), on why ISO 44001 is a new evolution in collaborative working. The past 12 months have seen seismic changes b more > more last word articles >

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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 hea... more >

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A watershed moment in British democracy

02/05/2017A watershed moment in British democracy

The upcoming mayoral elections represent a watershed moment in the history of British democracy, reports PSE’s Luana Salles.  On 4 May, voters across six regio... more >
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