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Living standards set to fall for longest period yet , think tank says

24.11.17: Britain is heading for the longest period of falling living standards since records began, the Resolution Foundation has warned this week. In its analysis of the Autumn Budget, the Foundation found that real household disposable income is set t...

Government releases £1.5bn to support roll-out of UC in Budget U-Turn

22.11.17: The chancellor has today U-Turned on the controversial Universal Credit policy, as he announced a £1.5bn package that will be used to deal with issues created by the roll-out. In particular, the fund will be put towards cutting down t...

‘Victorian’ housing laws ‘in a mess’, post-Grenfell study finds

15.11.17: Outdated housing laws are old, with variable enforcement, and in “desperate need” of reform, a report commissioned by influential charity Shelter has concluded. The report, ‘Closing the gaps: Health and safety in the home,&rsq...

Council use of bailiffs jumps by 14% in just two years

15.11.17: The use of bailiffs by local authorities has risen by 14% in two years, new research has shown. The research, by the Money Advice Trust, found that in 2016-17 councils passed over £2.3m debts were passed to bailiffs. The increase in t...

Benefit cuts expose low-income families to future recessions

08.11.17: Planned benefit cuts will expose low-income households to the risk of future recessions, according to a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). When the cuts are fully in place, if the falls in earnings that were seen between 2007-08...

Homeless ‘tragedy’ emerging as more than 300,000 people on the streets

08.11.17: The number of homeless people in Britain has increased by 13,000 in just one year, a report by Shelter has shown. The report, ‘Far from alone: Homelessness in Britain in 2017,’ is an extensive review of issues across the county. ...

Experts call for reform of ‘not fit for purpose’ Universal Credit

31.10.17: Universal credit needs to be relaunched if it is to be successful in the future, a review published today by a leading think tank has argued. The review, by Resolution Foundation, claims that the system is currently at risk of failing those mos...

Councillors raise concern about provision for children in need

31.10.17: Local authorities lack the resources to support children services and support young people in need, a survey by the National Children’s Bureau has revealed. The survey of lead members from 101 local authorities found that councillors felt...

IFS: Rent increases disproportionately affect low-income households

13.10.17: Low-income households are disproportionately affected by rent increases, an analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has revealed. The number of people living in private rented accommodation in Britain has more than doubled since the...

LGO scolds county council for disadvantaging foster children in area

11.10.17: Warwickshire County Council has today been criticised by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) after it was revealed that the families of foster children were having to fund school transport. The investigation found that foster p...

Newcastle latest to adopt ‘moral duty’ council tax protocol

04.10.17: Newcastle has become the latest council to sign up to the Citizen’s Advice Council Tax Protocol, pledging to collect debt in a fair and responsible manner. Local authorities have a legal obligation to collect council tax, but each yea...

Critics slam decision to press ahead with roll-out of ‘failing’ UC scheme

03.10.17: The government has been slammed this week for its decision to go forward with the roll-out of Universal Credit, which critics argue is leading to many vulnerable people in England being unable to pay their bills. Speaking at the Conservativ...

Government must urgently restrict gambling advertising, councils argue

02.10.17: Greater restrictions are needed on gambling advertising on both TV and social media to curb the risk of young people being negatively affected, councils have warned. A statement from the LGA warned that huge rises in gambling advertising, i...

Councils falling short of preventive care obligations

22.09.17: Councils are failing to meet their obligations to prevent, reduce or delay the need for care as set out in the Care Act 2014. New research published by the Red Cross called ‘Prevention in Action 2017’ has found that although the...

Children slipping deeper into crisis before being offered help

14.09.17: Children are having to fall deeper into crisis before they are offered any help from local services, a survey of social workers released this week has shown. The research, conducted by the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) on behalf of...

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Sales of social housing increase 10% on last year as Right to Buy takes hold

24/11/2017Sales of social housing increase 10% on last year as Right to Buy takes hold

The government has released figures showing that 13,400 social housing properties were sold last year under Right to Buy, an increase of 10% on 2... more >
Authorities given powers to recoup 80% of temporary accommodation spending in £70m UC reform

24/11/2017Authorities given powers to recoup 80% of temporary accommodation spending in £70m UC reform

Councils will be able to claim back over 80% of the money they spend on temporary accommodation after the government announced new reforms to the... more >
Living standards set to fall for longest period yet , think tank says

24/11/2017Living standards set to fall for longest period yet , think tank says

Britain is heading for the longest period of falling living standards since records began, the Resolution Foundation has warned this week. In it... 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 >
Sales of social housing increase 10% on last year as Right to Buy takes hold

24/11/2017Sales of social housing increase 10% on last year as Right to Buy takes hold

The government has released figures showing that 13,400 social housing properties were sold last year under Right to Buy, an increase of 10% on 2015-16. There was a total of 23,100 sales of ... more >
Authorities given powers to recoup 80% of temporary accommodation spending in £70m UC reform

24/11/2017Authorities given powers to recoup 80% of temporary accommodation spending in £70m UC reform

Councils will be able to claim back over 80% of the money they spend on temporary accommodation after the government announced new reforms to the Universal Credit system. As part of the &pou... more >

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City-centric, deeply disappointing and a nightmare – criticisms pile against the Budget

22/11/2017City-centric, deeply disappointing and a nightmare – criticisms pile against the Budget

It’s been a busy day in the PSE office. Philip Hammond’s Autumn Budget included a number of interesting announcements, ranging from new devolution deals and housing measures to changes to business rates. This year’s Statement was described well by Lord Bob Kerslake, who said it had been a “mixed bag” for hous... more >
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Driving forward a healthier Scotland

10/11/2017Driving forward a healthier Scotland

Dundee City Council is leading the way in boosting electric vehicle (EV) uptake in Scotland, writes Rebecca Wallace from the local authority&rsqu... more >
A smarter approach to digital transformation

10/11/2017A smarter approach to digital transformation

Catherine Bright, Smarter Digital Services (SDS) manager, explains how a partnership of 12 councils across Kent and Surrey are jointly funding a ... more >
Delivering on estates

10/11/2017Delivering on estates

Sam Ulyatt, strategic category commercial director at the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), on how a new framework can help public sector organisat... more >
Open for business

10/11/2017Open for business

Clare Moore, senior specialist of valuation and disposals at the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), explains how public sector bodies looking to... more >

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‘The HSCN is the realisation of industry best practice’

30/06/2017‘The HSCN is the realisation of industry best practice’

Keith Smith, public sector business development manager at Virgin Media Business, tells PSE’s Luana Salles that health and social care orga... more >
HSCN: The enabler for a more joined-up public sector

26/06/2017HSCN: The enabler for a more joined-up public sector

Mark Hall, Chief Assurance Officer at Redcentric, discusses NHS Digital’s project, the new Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) and what b... more >
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 head of the Civil Service, tells PSE’s David Stevenson why the argu... more >
New social care funding misses the point

13/04/2017New social care funding misses the point

Clive Betts MP, chair of the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee, reflects on the social care funding released in this year’s ... more >

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