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The Health Foundation calls for government overhaul for a healthy society

16.10.19: The Health Foundation has today (Oct 16) urged government to consider policy changes to housing, transport and education after new report shows a risk to the future of young people. The report, A heathy foundation for the future, calls for...

The Queen’s Speech Roundup: Crime, social care and devolution bills

14.10.19: Boris Johnson has set out his Government’s major policies on crime, the environment and Brexit in today’s Queen Speech, including the announcement that a Devolution White Paper will be published. Housing safety in the wake of Gr...

Exeter City Council set to embark on £18m residential project

08.10.19: Exeter City Council has outlined its plan to embark on an £18m residential housing project, aimed at delivering 100 homes by summer 2022 across four sites in the city. The funding was authorised through the local authorities&rsqu...

Rural areas concern as number of barn conversions without planning rise

23.09.19: Rural areas have seen a spike in the number of barns and farm buildings being turned into homes. Over the past three years there has been an almost 230 per cent increase on these transformations happening, all without the need for planning permi...

Peterborough City Council to tackle homelessness with its own housing company

20.09.19: Peterborough City Council to ask for cabinet approval to set up their own Housing Revenue Account (HRA), enabling the council to provide hundreds of new homes over the coming decades to help solve the city's homelessness crisis. ...

Shropshire council approves funding for new homes

19.09.19: In a full council meeting earlier today (Thursday 19), Shropshire council have reached a unanimous decision to agree funding and the transfer of land for the building of new homes. The council-owned local housing company Cornovii Developmen...

North Oxford looks set for £500m development plan

18.09.19: A £500m development plan for North Oxford looks likely to get the green light from Oxford City Council officers. The proposal includes 480 new homes and offices with a 4,500-job capacity and an 18-bedroom hotel, to be located near the...

Government awards £2m to prevent illegal greenbelt development

18.09.19: Housing minister Esther McVey has announced £2m funding to “ensure the UK greenbelt remains untouched and protected” by preventing illegal greenbelt development. The funding will be shared across 37 areas of the UK, w...

West Midlands Combined Authority to deliver 4,000 new homes

17.09.19: A pioneering partnership between the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and Lovell Partnerships provides opportunity to pave the way for over 4,000 new homes. Confirmed by mayor Andy Street today (Tuesday 17 Sept), the partnership will...

Welsh government grants council £300,000 to reduce homelessness

28.08.19: Newport City Council has been given £300,000 by the Welsh Government to help address issues of repeat homelessness in the city through a ‘Housing First’ project. The scheme is designed to assist those who need si...

Enfield council submits application for 2,300 homes in London

08.08.19: As part of its next phase of the £6bn Meridian Water scheme in north London, Enfield council have submitted plans for 2,300 new homes on the site. The application is the largest ever submitted to the local authority, and has been...

Thousands of new council homes part of 2040 Wales vision

08.08.19: A development vision for Wales by 2040 has outlined more urban living, and earmarked the building of thousands of new council homes. As part of the vision, a new planning framework – the National Development Framework – is...

West Lothian Council appoints new head of housing

06.08.19: West Lothian Council have appointed Ann Marie Carr to serve as their new head of housing, customer and building services. Ms Carr has been serving in the role on an interim basis since December 2018, but is now set to take over the pos...

Kensington and Chelsea Council announce £57m for estate

26.07.19: Kensington and Chelsea Council are set to invest £57m to transform Lancaster West Estate in west London. According to a report to the council, the project will deliver “a model 21st century social housing estate”. Bui...

Brokenshire reveals new measures to stamp out ‘poor doors’ segregation

23.07.19: The government has pledged to ban “poor doors” to help end the segregation of social housing residents in mixed-housing developments in future builds. Communities secretary James Brokenshire announced the measures to “tack...

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Cambridge City Council joins plastic pledge action

18/10/2019Cambridge City Council joins plastic pledge action

Cambridge City Council has got on board with the Cambridge Plastic Pledge, urging local businesses and organisations to make a change this year t... more >
Multimillion-pound Waltham Forest transformation unveiled

17/10/2019Multimillion-pound Waltham Forest transformation unveiled

Transport for London (TfL) and The Deputy Mayor for Transport, Heidi Alexander, have today (Oct 17) joined Waltham Forest Council and the City of... more >
Boris Johnson to chair first-of-its-kind Climate Change Committee

17/10/2019Boris Johnson to chair first-of-its-kind Climate Change Committee

The Prime Minister will today announce (Oct 17) that he will chair a new Cabinet Committee dedicated to tackling Climate Change and its global ef... more >

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25/10/2017Take a moment to celebrate

Devolution, restructuring and widespread service reform: from a journalist’s perspective, it’s never been a more exciting time to report on the public sector. That’s why I could not be more thrilled to be taking over the reins at PSE at this key juncture. There could not be a feature that more perfectly encapsulates this... read more >

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Prevention: Investing for the future

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Rob Whiteman, CEO at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance (CIPFA), discusses the benefits of long-term preventative investment. Rising demand, reducing resource – this has been th... more > more last word articles >
Cambridge City Council joins plastic pledge action

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Cambridge City Council has got on board with the Cambridge Plastic Pledge, urging local businesses and organisations to make a change this year to reduce their single-use plastic contribution. ... more >
Multimillion-pound Waltham Forest transformation unveiled

17/10/2019Multimillion-pound Waltham Forest transformation unveiled

Transport for London (TfL) and The Deputy Mayor for Transport, Heidi Alexander, have today (Oct 17) joined Waltham Forest Council and the City of London Corporation to unveil a key part of the mu... more >

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NSPCC: Working together to improve the support available for children who have been sexually abused

08/10/2019NSPCC: Working together to improve the support available for children who have been sexually abused

Hayley Clark, the acting head of development and impact at the NSPCC, talks about the significant gap in support services for children who have been sexually abused and the Home Office’s new framework for commissioners. The complex and fragmented commissioning landscape for child sexual abuse support services has resulted in a signi... more >
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Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Being on the receiving end of some “thanks” can make communit... more >
How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

19/06/2019How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

Tom Chance, director at the National Community Land Trust Network, argues that community-led initiatives are a productive way of helping to solve... more >
Aberdeen's green transport fleet attracting international attention

19/06/2019Aberdeen's green transport fleet attracting international attention

Aberdeen City Council’s hydrogen spokesperson, councillor Philip Bell, highlights the Granite City’s determination to play a leading ... more >
A fifth of public sector workers have never received a thank you from the people they serve

13/06/2019A fifth of public sector workers have never received a thank you from the people they serve

A fifth of the country’s public sector workers say they have NEVER received a ‘thank you’ for doing their job as Public Service... more >

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Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

17/12/2018Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

It’s no secret that the public sector and its service providers need to invest in technology to help make better use of their resources. Bu... more >
Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

17/12/2018Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

One of the public sector’s key technology partners has recently welcomed a new member to its team. Matt Spencer, O2’s head of public ... more >
New Dorset Councils CEO on the creation of a new unitary: ‘This is going to be the right decision for Dorset’

05/11/2018New Dorset Councils CEO on the creation of a new unitary: ‘This is going to be the right decision for Dorset’

The new chief executive of one of the new unitary authorities in Dorset has outlined his approach to culture and work with employees, arguing tha... more >
Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

15/10/2018Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

On 6 September, the biggest decision-makers of the north joined forces to celebrate and debate how to drive innovation and improvement through th... more >

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