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It’s all part of the master plan

21.08.17: Dawn Baxendale, chief executive of Southampton City Council, talks about the city’s ambitions and the importance of its Master Plan, which has given investors greater confidence to commit their money to the area. We have ambitious pla...

A more promising system shake-up?

21.08.17: Over the years, the NHS has become known for its love of restructuring. But are sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) promising enough to stick around? PSE’s Luana Salles reports. For almost 30 years, the NHS has worke...

Now more than ever we need long-term strategic economic management

21.08.17: While the government still deliberates the feedback to its industrial strategy consultation, the independent Industrial Strategy Commission has identified a number of key foundational themes to make it a success. PSE’s David Stevenson repo...

Speaking up for mental health first aid training

21.08.17: Chris Langer, scheme intelligence manager at CIRAS and BACP registered counsellor, explains how effective training can help break the mental health taboo in the workplace. Organisations often appear to be making the right noises about menta...

Reforms to make voting easier for visually impaired people

21.08.17: New reforms will make voting for people with visual impairments easier, as authorities will now be able to use records of voters to assist them with voting – provided the person’s consent has been given to do so. This will mean...

More than 3,000 female councillors needed to achieve LG gender parity

21.08.17: A lack of diversity in local government authorities has been starkly revealed today in a new study which found that only 33% of councillors and 17% of council leaders in England are currently women. In combined authorities, the situation wa...

Broken housing market means cost of repairs as steep as new builds

21.08.17: Councils have once again sent warnings about the sluggish rate of housebuilding in England as it was revealed that the average new home will have to last 2,000 years if the current rate of housebuilding and replacement continues. In new ana...

Authority slapped with £70,000 fine for data protection mishap

18.08.17: A London council has been slapped with a £70,000 fine after it failed to keep up to 89,000 people’s information secure on its parking ticket system website. Islington Council’s Ticketviewer System allows people to see a CC...

Councils call for ‘lighter touch’ to public procurement after Brexit

18.08.17: Councils have called for a more efficient “lighter touch” system for procurement after the UK leaves the European Union. In a statement, the LGA said that this could include giving local authorities greater power to use local su...

Sheffield wins High Court battle to stop campaigners protesting tree felling

17.08.17: Sheffield City Council (SCC) has this week won a High Court battle granting it an injunction to stop campaigners trespassing on its land in protest of it felling trees. The authority had been locked in a court battle with campaigners, inclu...

Union ‘hails victory’ as Birmingham bin strike called off

17.08.17: Unite has “hailed victory” in its dispute with Birmingham City Council over refuse worker jobs being cut, and has suspended its current industrial action. The union’s members announced the strike action in June after it wa...

Northern council to borrow £25m to ensure tower block safety

17.08.17: Salford Council is looking to borrow £25m to ensure aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding on its buildings is safe for residents. An emergency meeting will take place on Wednesday 23 August to authorise the council to use its bo...

Khan reveals new rules to ‘fast track’ affordable housing developments

16.08.17: New planning rules have today been set out by the mayor of London that will allow for a major increase to the number of affordable developments in the capital. Plans in Sadiq Khan’s Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) will aim to ra...

71,000 extra care home places needed by 2025 to keep up with demand

16.08.17: The UK will need to make room for an additional 71,000 care home places by 2025 to keep up with growing demand, a new study has suggested. Researchers at the University of Newcastle came up with the projection based on studying various figu...

New LGA tool shares innovative ways councils can fund arts and culture

16.08.17: The first-ever online resource to help councils develop innovative ways of investing in local culture under increasingly stretched budgets has today been released by the LGA and Arts Council England. Named ‘Culture Hub: good practice...

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It’s all part of the master plan

21/08/2017It’s all part of the master plan

Dawn Baxendale, chief executive of Southampton City Council, talks about th... more >
Speaking up for mental health first aid training

21/08/2017Speaking up for mental health first aid training

Chris Langer, scheme intelligence manager at CIRAS and BACP registered coun... more >

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14/08/2017Time for reflection

A lot has happened since the last edition of PSE was published. In particular, the snap general election delivered an astounding result that many of the pollsters and political experts could not have predicted when Theresa May initially called for it back in April. Chris Painter, Professor Emeritus at Birmingham City University, provides a fascinating analysis of the campaign, and assesses the aftermath of the election on pages 26-28. It is a must-read article.  During the... 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 open more > more last word articles >

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Delivering social value in public sector procurement

07/08/2017Delivering social value in public sector procurement

Theresa Grant, CEO of Trafford Council, explains how local authorities in the Greater Manchester area are making every penny of public spend provide that little bit more value f... more >
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