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Essex council announces £1bn construction deal

22.03.19: An Essex council has announced a £1bn contract in a joint venture to regenerate council sites and deliver new homes and commercial facilities. Brentwood Borough Council has named Morgan Sindall as its partner for the Limited Liability...

Tees Valley to use compulsory purchase powers to bring former steelworks back into public ownership as Houchen declares ‘we won’t be held to ransom’

18.03.19: Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) has opted to use a compulsory purchase order (CPO) to bring the remaining 870 acres of land at a former steelworks site back into public ownership, ending a long-running dispute. Nearly 3,000 people at...

Interserve to go into administration as rescue deal rejected

15.03.19: One of the largest providers of public services in the UK is to go into administration after its largest shareholder led a rebellion against its financial rescue plan. Interserve has announced its parent company has applied for administrati...

Unitary council leader resigns over abuse ‘beyond what any reasonable person should have to endure’

13.03.19: The leader of a unitary authority has announced he is resigning with immediate effect, blaming abuse he has received from campaigners and “health challenges.” The leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, Ray Oxby, has revealed...

Developer drops £10m legal case against Northumberland County Council over housing proposals

05.03.19:   A £10m High Court legal challenge against Northumberland County Council and three of its leaders over delayed plans for 2,000 homes has now been dropped. An arms-length body of the developers Lugano Property Group issued a...

Gearing up for the rollout of Energiesprong homes

04.03.19: Nottingham City Council’s portfolio holder for energy and environment Cllr Sally Longford and head of energy services Wayne Bexton explain how Nottingham is leading the way in tackling climate change and fuel poverty simultaneously by tria...

From empty home to home sweet home

25.02.19: Paul Dennett, city mayor of Salford, reports on how his council has been cracking down on empty homes. Salford City Council brought almost one empty home a day back into use between 2011 and 2016 – and the battle continues. The s...

Newcastle's 'twin cities'

18.02.19: Climate change is forcing cities to approach emergency situations differently – and Newcastle University, in partnership with Northumbrian Water, are looking at innovative methods to predict how a city will react in the future. Leading min...

Leeds council proposes £85m investment in 10,000 new homes for the city centre

07.02.19: A proposed £85m investment in bringing 10,000 new homes to Leeds city centre is set to be discussed by councillors. Leeds City Council intends to submit a bid for the government’s housing infrastructure fund (HIF) for £85m...

Brokenshire orders government intervention at two councils over ‘consistent failures’ to publish local housing plans

05.02.19: Wirral Council and Thanet District Council are to face government intervention after James Brokenshire wrote to the authorities regarding their “lamentable” failure to draw up a local housing plan. All of England’s 338 pla...

Mother appeals to Supreme Court after Birmingham City Council declared her ‘intentionally homeless’

04.02.19: Birmingham City Council is being taken to the Supreme Court by a woman who claimed she was forced into homelessness by the council. The mother-of-four was declared “intentionally homeless” after the city council said she should...

Flagship £400m leisure centre development for Brighton and Hove council hangs in the balance over Brexit uncertainty

25.01.19: Brighton and Hove City Council has been told its flagship £400m leisure centre development project cannot go ahead because of the chaos caused by Brexit and the absence of a deal agreed by government. Hours before councillors were due...

Tees Valley votes in favour of mayor Houchen’s airport purchase as £588m investment plan approved

24.01.19: The five local authority leaders in Tees Valley and mayor Ben Houchen have officially approved a £588m investment plan for the region, giving the go-ahead for Houchen’s bid to bring its local airport back into public ownership. ...

Southend council to gamble £20m on commercial property purchases in bid to replace government funding cuts

14.01.19: Southend council has put forward plans to stake £20m of its budget on the property market in order to replace the lost funding from central government. In its draft budget proposal for 2019-20, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council unveiled...

Northern Powerhouse minister confirms land transfer deal to unlock major metalworks in Tees Valley

09.01.19: A deal to secure more than half of the developable land at the former Redcar Steelworks has been announced by Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry and Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen, with investment expected to bring over 500 new jobs. Ho...

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Essex council announces £1bn construction deal

22/03/2019Essex council announces £1bn construction deal

An Essex council has announced a £1bn contract in a joint venture to regenerate council sites and deliver new homes and commercial faciliti... more >
Council to pull out of government schools improvement body over rising costs and ‘major concerns’ over poor management

22/03/2019Council to pull out of government schools improvement body over rising costs and ‘major concerns’ over poor management

A Welsh council is to pull out of a government-run schools improvement scheme over concerns about how it is run and fears that the quadrupling of... more >
Councils' legal challenge against Buckinghamshire merger process rejected

22/03/2019Councils' legal challenge against Buckinghamshire merger process rejected

An application from three district councils for a judicial review of the merger plans to create a single unitary council for Buckinghamshire has ... 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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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 o... more > more last word articles >
Essex council announces £1bn construction deal

22/03/2019Essex council announces £1bn construction deal

An Essex council has announced a £1bn contract in a joint venture to regenerate council sites and deliver new homes and commercial facilities. Brentwood Borough Council has named Morga... more >
Council to pull out of government schools improvement body over rising costs and ‘major concerns’ over poor management

22/03/2019Council to pull out of government schools improvement body over rising costs and ‘major concerns’ over poor management

A Welsh council is to pull out of a government-run schools improvement scheme over concerns about how it is run and fears that the quadrupling of costs could threaten jobs at the local authority.... more >

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Councils Can: LGA launches Spending Review campaign

18/03/2019Councils Can: LGA launches Spending Review campaign

Lord Porter, chairman of the Local Government Association, outlines his organisation’s campaign to make sure local government tops to government’s list for this year’s Spending Review. Our #CouncilsCan campaign to influence this year’s Spending Review is well underway and gathering momentum. The money local governm... more >
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Camberley inspired: investment and regeneration

11/03/2019Camberley inspired: investment and regeneration

The decline of the Great British high street has been one of the greatest concerns for local councils in recent years, leading to some innovative... more >
Swindon's solar-powered recycling centre saves council cash

11/03/2019Swindon's solar-powered recycling centre saves council cash

Steve Cains, head of power solutions at Public Power Solutions, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Swindon Borough Council, describes the benefits of... more >
National Infrastructure Commission: Progressing the North

11/03/2019National Infrastructure Commission: Progressing the North

The National Infrastructure Commission’s (NIC) National Infrastructure Assessment was released in July 2018, making a variety of recommenda... more >
SARS II: Recovery made easy

11/03/2019SARS II: Recovery made easy

Paul Bentley, of the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), introduces us to the Spend Analysis Recovery Framework: a no win no fee means of carrying ou... more >

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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 >
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 >
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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