Poverty and Inequality

£150m unlocked from dormant accounts to go to third sector

21.05.20: The Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announced yesterday (May 20) that £150m will be made available from dormant bank and building society accounts to support charities and social enterprises during the crisis. £79m has already b...

£37m to support children with complex needs and their families

19.05.20: A £37m settlement has been announced today (May 19) by the Department of Education to support children with complex needs in 2020-21. Children with special educational needs and disabilities are set to benefit from £37.3m of dir...

More than 5,000 emergency food parcels delivered in Leeds

24.04.20: A partnership between Leeds City Council, a food and hunger charity, local businesses and the third sector has seen over 5,000 vital food parcels delivered to vulnerable people in Leeds. As part of a major emergency food distribution progra...

Scheme launched for recipients of free school meals

31.03.20:  A new voucher scheme has been launched today (Mar 31) to protect families unable to claim their free school meals during school closures. The national voucher scheme will provide every child, eligible for free school meals, a weekly s...

GM Mayor announces £5m fund to protect rough sleepers

27.03.20: Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, has announced a £5m fund to house 1000 of the region’s most vulnerable people with immediate effect. Following a meeting of the Greater Manchester COVID-19 Emergency Committee, an &lsqu...

UK2070 report published exposing “over-centralised” system

27.02.20: The UK2070 Commission has published its final report ‘Make No Little Plans – Acting At Scale For A Fairer And Stronger Future’ today (Feb 27) at MediaCityUK in Salford. When issuing the report Chair Lord Kerslake called on...

PM announces extra £236m to end rough sleeping

27.02.20: An additional £236m in funding has been announced by the Prime Minister today (Feb 27) to help get rough sleepers off the street. A new independent advisor, Dame Louise Casey, has been appointed to lead an urgent review into the cause...

Vulnerable children to benefit from new government plans

25.02.20: A dedicated school leader will be assigned to vulnerable children in every school across the country under new plans published today. (Feb 25) Changes to the role of Designated Safeguarding Leads in schools will be introduced following a co...

Ep 9. Greater Manchester's bright future, Eamonn & Andrew - GMCA

20.02.20: Our first podcast episode with two guests took us on the road to the TfGM offices where we spoke to two representatives from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. Chief Executive Eamonn Boylan and Andrew Lightfoot, Strategic Director &ndash...

UK authorities call for devolution to ‘end Whitehall hand-outs’

10.02.20: Key UK councils have united to put pressure on Whitehall for ‘radical devolution’, to pave the way for the levelling up of cities and regions across the whole of the UK. Core Cities UK and London Councils have joined forces to c...

£112m rough sleeping fund announced for councils

28.01.20: Government has announced £112m in funding for councils to support rough sleepers into accommodation. The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has today (Jan 28) set aside a £112m Rough Sleeping Initiative fund...

£3m fund to aid jobcentres supporting the homeless

13.01.20: New £3m funding will allow jobcentre staff to accompany outreach teams on the streets to speak to people sleeping rough, helping them to claim their benefits, find new work, secure stable accommodation and director them to additional suppo...

Up to £165m in funding announced for Troubled Families

06.01.20: Communities Secretary, Robert Jenrick MP announced yesterday (Jan 5) that a funding pot of up to £165m will be made available to support families with deep rooted problems. Intensive support for some of the most vulnerable families in...

Northern Powerhouse 'best bet' to address economic inequality

16.12.19: Dominic Harrison, director of Public Health and Wellbeing for Blackburn with Darwin Borough Council, spoke to PSE about the Northern Powerhouse and what’s missing for Northern Councils. I think the Northern Powerhouse has underpe...

£845k in charity grants supporting disabled people in London

05.12.19: One London charity has been awarded £248,000 in funding to develop accessibility in jobs and services for disabled people. City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s charitable arm, presented the money to Business Disab...

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Multi-million pound projects in Grimsby given green light

29/05/2020Multi-million pound projects in Grimsby given green light

North East Lincolnshire Councillors approved plans yesterday (May 28) that will see a total of £4.967m invested into two major highway proj... more >
East Midlands £2.6bn transport plan to boost HS2 links at Toton

29/05/2020East Midlands £2.6bn transport plan to boost HS2 links at Toton

The East Midlands region has been promised a huge economic boost with a £2.7bn multimodal transport plan published this week (May 28). ... more >
Ep. 15 Lord Kerslake - A gradual erosion of local autonomy

28/05/2020Ep. 15 Lord Kerslake - A gradual erosion of local autonomy

In this week’s episode, Lord Robert Kerslake joined host Emily Rodgers to discuss the recent UK2070 Commission on levelling up UK towns and... 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

Prevention: Investing for the future

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 >
Multi-million pound projects in Grimsby given green light

29/05/2020Multi-million pound projects in Grimsby given green light

North East Lincolnshire Councillors approved plans yesterday (May 28) that will see a total of £4.967m invested into two major highway projects. Part of the plan will release £2.... more >
East Midlands £2.6bn transport plan to boost HS2 links at Toton

29/05/2020East Midlands £2.6bn transport plan to boost HS2 links at Toton

The East Midlands region has been promised a huge economic boost with a £2.7bn multimodal transport plan published this week (May 28). The plan has been developed and published by a nu... more >

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What came first, the bad customer or the bad customer service?

17/03/2020What came first, the bad customer or the bad customer service?

Source: PSE Feb/March 20 Stephen Bahooshy, Senior Commissioning Manager and Nicky Selwyn, Carer and Service User Group Chair, Croydon Council.   Here it is, that age old question: What came first, the bad customer or the bad customer service? (Or maybe we just made that up, whatever). But it’s true though, right? We w... 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

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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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