Poverty and Inequality

Jones replaces DWP fee with new homelessness grant to allow councils ‘flexibility’

16.03.17: A new grant to tackle homelessness that will provide £402m over the next two years and allow councils “more control and flexibility” over budgets was announced yesterday by the government. In a parliamentary statement by c...

Smoking creates £760m annual social care bill for cash-strapped councils

30.01.17: Smoking is costing local authorities and individuals an enormous £1.4bn in social care costs to cover the growing needs of people with smoking-related illnesses, a parliamentary report has found. The research, conducted by Action on S...

Rough sleeping numbers skyrocket by 16% in last year

26.01.17: The number of rough sleepers in England has increased by 16% in the past year, over double the figure declared in 2010, new figures have revealed. DCLG statistics on rough sleepers in autumn 2016 revealed that local authorities estimated 4...

Glasgow blames UC for negative impact on homelessness services

19.01.17: Welfare reform has been slammed by a Glasgow MP following reports that the roll-out of Universal Credit (UC) is exacerbating homelessness and affecting council services. Alison Thewliss, MP for Glasgow Central, questioned DCLG ministers in...

Councils welcome £48m homelessness provision but remain cautious

18.01.17: Councils have been awarded an extra £48m of funding to help expand homeless provision, but they have already warned that this may prove insufficient to tackle the problem. The funding announced by the government aims to help councils...

Scottish councils considering universal basic income trials

04.01.17: A scheme to give every citizen a universal basic income (UBI) is set to be piloted by two Scottish councils as they have started to investigate trial schemes this year. The initiative, in which benefits will be replaced by a single, uncondi...

Councils condemn violence and abuse against rough sleepers

23.12.16: Rough sleepers are almost 17 times more likely to have been victims of violence and 15 times more likely to have suffered verbal abuse than members of the general public, new research has revealed. Homelessness charity Crisis’s survey...

Khan announces £50m ‘move-on’ fund to house the homeless

21.12.16: The mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced plans for a £50m fund to help homeless people move on from hostels and refuges and back into long-term accommodation. The ‘move-on’ housing fund will provide two-year tenancies...

Government admits to abolishing child poverty unit

20.12.16: The specialist child poverty unit (CPU) within the Civil Service has been abolished, it has emerged. In response to a written question by Dan Jarvis, the MP for Barnsley Central, Damian Hinds, the work and pensions minister, said that the C...

GMCA submits integrated bid to tackle ‘disgraceful’ levels of homelessness

16.12.16: Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is seeking further support in its plans to tackle homelessness by drawing from all areas of the government’s £40m homelessness schemes. The combined authority was recently successful...

Children’s Commissioner aims to bridge north-south divide in life chances

06.12.16: The Children’s Commissioner for England has launched a new year-long project to find out why children in the north of England are falling behind their southern counterparts. The project, ‘Growing Up North’, calls for regen...

Casey Review urges action to address social integration as issues ‘allowed to fester’

05.12.16: More action is needed from central and local government to tackle widespread divisions between different communities, according to a major review of integration and opportunity in Britain. The review, by Dame Louise Casey, argued that socia...

Homelessness now affecting over 250,000 in ‘modern day housing crisis’

01.12.16: Homelessness in England now affects over a quarter of a million people, a report released for Shelter’s 50th anniversary has revealed. The charity used a combination of official statistics and Freedom of Information requests to produc...

Homelessness charity highlights ‘mental health crisis’ facing rough sleepers

29.11.16: Local authorities with high numbers of rough sleepers do not have enough specialist mental health services to cope with demand, a new report has revealed. The homelessness charity St. Mungo’s used a Freedom of Information request to a...

Late intervention still costing councils £6.4bn per year, but spending profile shifts

18.11.16: It is still costing local councils £6.4bn a year to deal with damaging social problems which might have been addressed more cheaply earlier on, a new report has revealed. The Early Intervention Foundation’s (EIF’s) most re...

public sector executive tv

more videos >

latest public sector news

NAO:  Decisive action needed to keep at-risk road investment projects afloat

23/03/2017NAO: Decisive action needed to keep at-risk road investment projects afloat

Key projects in the government’s road investment strategy are at risk of cancellation if “decisive action” is not taken by the ... more >
London councils join Design Council scheme to address major social issues

22/03/2017London councils join Design Council scheme to address major social issues

Councils in London will work with design experts as part of a new programme aiming to help authorities address problems with homelessness, homeca... more >
Localis: Industrial reform must be driven and led at local level

22/03/2017Localis: Industrial reform must be driven and led at local level

The government’s industrial strategy should be driven and led at a local level by handing space and powers to leaders to allow them to dict... more >

editor's comment

21/02/2017Untapped potential

As PSE went to press, the government had just released its Industrial Strategy green paper, which has an ambitious aim to “improve living standards and economic growth by increasing productivity and driving growth across the whole country”.  Overall, the strategy was welcomed across the public sector. However, as you&rsqu... read more >

last word

Parliament cannot solve homelessness through legislation alone

Parliament cannot solve homelessness through legislation alone

Cllr Michelle Lowe, deputy leader and cabinet member for housing and health at Sevenoaks District Council, argues that if the government is really serious about combating homelessness they will w... more > more last word articles >
149x260 PSE Subscribe button

the raven's daily blog

Why opening up procurement matters to the UK public sector

22/03/2017Why opening up procurement matters to the UK public sector

Rob Levene, managing director of Bloom, explains why opening up procurement is important to the UK public sector.  Procuring products and services by the UK public sector is big business. The central government procurement budget is estimated to be worth £40bn. So it is no surprise that procurement is a subject that generates a... more >
read more blog posts from 'the raven' >

comment

Time to embrace change

01/03/2017Time to embrace change

The way we work is changing. As a profession, we must be ready to embrace it, writes James Driver on behalf of the Association for Project Manage... more >
Digital Marketplace: reaching far and wide in the public sector

01/03/2017Digital Marketplace: reaching far and wide in the public sector

Over the next few months, the Government Digital Service (GDS) wants to get a better understanding of how local government and the wider public s... more >
The challenges for innovative procurement

27/02/2017The challenges for innovative procurement

Malcolm Harbour CBE, who wrote Parliament’s first report on innovation in public procurement in 2008 and now chairs the LGA Task and Finish... more >
Glasgow points the way forward for IoT future

27/02/2017Glasgow points the way forward for IoT future

Dr Mark Begbie, business development director at CENSIS, the Scottish Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems, explores how Glasgow is l... more >

interviews

Leading transformational change through procurement

01/03/2017Leading transformational change through procurement

Liz Welton, chair of the Society of Procurement Officers in Local Government (SOPO), tells PSE’s David Stevenson why there are lots of oppo... more >
McMahon: I worry that the public are not part of the devolution conversation

20/12/2016McMahon: I worry that the public are not part of the devolution conversation

Jim McMahon, Labour’s shadow minister for local government and devolution, talks to PSE’s David Stevenson about the need to radically... more >
Solace president mandate: Champion diversity and celebrate great public services

20/12/2016Solace president mandate: Champion diversity and celebrate great public services

Jo Miller, the recently-elected president of Solace, talks to PSE about the need for championing great public services and ensuring inclusion at ... more >
The secret to the success of one public estate

19/08/2016The secret to the success of one public estate

Central government has faced strong criticism of its many estate schemes in recent years, but one in particular seems to steer clear of the backl... more >

public sector focus

View all News