Poverty and Inequality

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15.11.17: Outdated housing laws are old, with variable enforcement, and in “desperate need” of reform, a report commissioned by influential charity Shelter has concluded.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

Government slammed for ‘light touch’ approach to tackling homelessness

13.09.17: The government has failed to evaluate the full extent of how its welfare reforms will impact on homelessness, a new report released by the National Audit Office (NAO) has found. In the study, the DCLG was also slammed for failing to publish...

Rough sleeping set to soar by 76% over the next decade

10.08.17: Rough sleeping is likely to rise by around three quarters in the next decade, a new report from a major homelessness charity has today warned. New analysis ‘Homelessness projections: Core homelessness in Great Britain’, undertak...

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Funding inequalities could destroy public services in rural areas

20/11/2017Funding inequalities could destroy public services in rural areas

Central government funding per resident in county authorities was almost 50% below large cities last year, with councils saying the situation cou... more >
Major growth investment includes £1.7bn city transport fund

20/11/2017Major growth investment includes £1.7bn city transport fund

The government has today announced that it will release £1.7bn of extra funding for cities ahead of Wednesday’s Budget. Prime mi... more >
Counties and districts clash over suggestion to scrap two-tier authorities

20/11/2017Counties and districts clash over suggestion to scrap two-tier authorities

A report suggesting that scrapping district councils could save £2.9bn a year has prompted anger from the District Councils Network (DCN). ... 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 >
Funding inequalities could destroy public services in rural areas

20/11/2017Funding inequalities could destroy public services in rural areas

Central government funding per resident in county authorities was almost 50% below large cities last year, with councils saying the situation could quickly deteriorate, new research released toda... more >
Major growth investment includes £1.7bn city transport fund

20/11/2017Major growth investment includes £1.7bn city transport fund

The government has today announced that it will release £1.7bn of extra funding for cities ahead of Wednesday’s Budget. Prime minister Theresa May made the announcement, which in... more >

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Visual.ONS: How to compete with the big data aggregators

13/11/2017Visual.ONS: How to compete with the big data aggregators

Advertisement feature Christopher Gallagher, territory manager at SAS, explains how big data can be used by the public sector to find innovative solutions to common problems.  I have been really impressed by the work of Visual.ONS – the team at the Office for National Statistics, who are responsible for exploring imaginati... 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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