Poverty and Inequality

Early years services see funding halved since 2010

05.12.17: Urgent action is needed to protect vital early years services, Barnardo’s has warned. Research by the charity has revealed that funding in some areas has reduced by almost 50% since 2010. Figures from the Department for Education show...

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15.11.17: Outdated housing laws are old, with variable enforcement, and in “desperate need” of reform, a report commissioned by influential charity Shelter has concluded.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...

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Government must encourage council scrutiny ‘culture change’

15/12/2017Government must encourage council scrutiny ‘culture change’

The government has to encourage a culture change within local councils in order to improve the quality of overview and scrutiny plans. The C... more >
London council to cut sick pay in cash-saving bid

15/12/2017London council to cut sick pay in cash-saving bid

A London council has proposed to stop paying sick pay for the first three days in a bid to save money. The GMB has called Hillingdon Council&rsq... more >
Burnham announces major 2018 GMCA transport overhaul

14/12/2017Burnham announces major 2018 GMCA transport overhaul

The mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has announced a major overhaul of the region’s transport network. Burnham said problems... 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 >
Government must encourage council scrutiny ‘culture change’

15/12/2017Government must encourage council scrutiny ‘culture change’

The government has to encourage a culture change within local councils in order to improve the quality of overview and scrutiny plans. The Communities and Local Government Commons Select Com... more >
London council to cut sick pay in cash-saving bid

15/12/2017London council to cut sick pay in cash-saving bid

A London council has proposed to stop paying sick pay for the first three days in a bid to save money. The GMB has called Hillingdon Council’s proposal an “affront to its hard-workin... more >

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Whole of government must act together to fulfil the ambition of the Industrial Strategy

11/12/2017Whole of government must act together to fulfil the ambition of the Industrial Strategy

Jen Rae, head of innovation policy at Nesta, says the aims in the government’s new Industrial Strategy are ambitious, but will require a shift in policymaking in order to be realised in full. Last Monday saw the long-awaited launch of the UK’s new Industrial Strategy, the government’s plan for prosperity and growth in a ... more >
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Introducing the Facilities Management Marketplace

14/12/2017Introducing the Facilities Management Marketplace

The new Facilities Management (FM) Marketplace will be an opportunity to streamline the process of buying key services whilst propping up new ent... more >
Meet Pepper, the social care robot

14/12/2017Meet Pepper, the social care robot

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has become the country’s first local authority to fully exploit the benefits of robotics in social care by ... more >
Quality, not quantity, is what matters

14/12/2017Quality, not quantity, is what matters

Luke Sibieta, research fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Education Policy Institute, takes a look at the impact of the apprentic... more >
NCSC: A new and adventurous agenda

11/12/2017NCSC: A new and adventurous agenda

Ciaran Martin, chief executive of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), reflects on the lessons learned during the first year of the governm... more >

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Are we taking a risk on education?

14/12/2017Are we taking a risk on education?

Adrian Prandle, director of economic strategy and negotiations at the National Education Union (NEU), questions the stark lack of announcements a... more >
A fantastic opportunity awaits you

11/12/2017A fantastic opportunity awaits you

Eight months on from the government’s announcement of major training reforms, Anne Milton, minister for apprenticeships and skills at the D... more >
This is Manchester, we do things differently here

10/12/2017This is Manchester, we do things differently here

Joanne Roney OBE, chief executive of Manchester City Council, speaks to PSE’s Luana Salles about the region’s pioneering plans f... more >
Andy Burnham: the crisis unfolding in front of our eyes

10/12/2017Andy Burnham: the crisis unfolding in front of our eyes

With homelessness on the rise across the country, politicians in central and local government are desperately looking for new solutions. Andy Bur... more >

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