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LGA responds to London Councils’ adult social care report

21.08.19: Following the publication of a report on adult social care by London Councils, the Local Government Association (LGA) have praised the efforts being taken by councils to make a positive difference. The London Councils report was produc...

Government invests £3.3m in children and young people’s mental health

20.08.19: Local investment totalling £3.3m is set to be spent to expand 23 local projects aimed at helping prevent mental illness in children and young people. Thousands of young people across England are set to benefit from new mental hea...

LGA praises councils’ efforts carrying out NHS health checks

19.08.19: Following the launch of an evidence-based review into NHS health checks by health and social secretary Matt Hancock, the Local Government Association (LGA) have praised the efforts of councils. Chairman of the LGA’s Community Wel...

Council leaders back Cancer Research UK public health funding call

01.08.19: Over a third of upper-tier council leaders from all main parties across England have backed Cancer Research UK’s call for the new Government to increase public health funding. The number of people with cancer in the UK is set to rise...

Liverpool mayor submits £230m bid for ‘Green City Deal’

31.07.19: The mayor of Liverpool has submitted a major bid to the new prime minister for a £230m ‘Green City Deal’ to boost the region’s economy and tackle climate change. Joe Anderson has put forward the proposal to Boris Joh...

Hampshire County Council to lead IoW public health services

25.07.19: The delivery of public health services on the Isle of Wight, including drug and substance misuse services, mental wellbeing support and sexual health assistance, will from August be delivered by Hampshire County Council. There are no saving...

Tower Hamlets' children’s services achieves ‘remarkable turnaround’ in Ofsted review

23.07.19: Tower Hamlets Council’s children’s service has jumped two grades and achieved a ‘good’ rating from Ofsted after inspectors found a “transformed culture” and “remarkable progress.” In 2017, the...

Controversial new prevention green paper ‘a step in the right direction’

23.07.19: The long-awaited prevention green paper has been published by the government, including a host of policies targeting ill-health such as proposals tackling smoking, drinking and poor diets. The ‘Advancing our health: prevention in the...

Social care pooled funding reaches £6.4bn as Better Care Fund renewed

22.07.19: Ministers have confirmed the renewal of the Better Care fund for 2019 to 2020, bringing the available pooled funding to £6.4bn. The fund provides financial support for councils and NHS organisations to jointly plan and deliver local s...

Councils, NHS trusts and police to work together to tackle serious crime under new ‘public health duty’

15.07.19: Local authorities, NHS trusts and police forces will all be required to work together to tackle serious violence under the new ‘public health duty’. Unveiled by home secretary Sajid Javid in response to a sharp spike in knife cr...

Councils welcome government review of guidance for youth services

11.07.19: A review of the statutory guidance for council-provided youth services has been launched by the government. Civil society minister Mims Davies made the announcement, stating that the review will “focus on the positive role local autho...

Councils featured in Government’s £135m health research fund

11.07.19: Local authorities are set to play a key role in the newly announced £135m government investment into health research, which looks to bring together partnerships to better tackle a range of problems. Health minister Nicola Blackwood an...

LGA responds to Howard League children's home police call-outs report

08.07.19: Chair of the Local Government Association’s (LGA) Children and Young People Board, councillor Anntoinette Bramble, has praised the positive work being done to reduce criminalisation of children in care. However, as was pointed out in...

Research shows people want public services delivered by social enterprises

08.07.19: New research conducted by YouGov shows people trust social enterprises more than private enterprises to deliver outsourced public services and believe they do so with more expertise, efficiency and value for money. The findings demonstrate...

Peers call for NHS-style free social care system and an extra £8bn to tackle funding crisis

04.07.19: The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee has challenged the two Tory leadership candidates to create an NHS-style free service in response to rapidly rising demand in social care. Peers including former Conservative and Labour chancell...

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Local government secretary announces £9m Brexit preparedness fund

22/08/2019Local government secretary announces £9m Brexit preparedness fund

Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick MP has announced an extra £9m will be made available to ensure local areas and major ports are re... more >
Councils save £100m through LGA sector-led improvements

21/08/2019Councils save £100m through LGA sector-led improvements

Councils have saved more than £100m in the past year through a sector-led improvement (SLI) offer set up by the Local Government Associatio... more >
LGA responds to London Councils’ adult social care report

21/08/2019LGA responds to London Councils’ adult social care report

Following the publication of a report on adult social care by London Councils, the Local Government Association (LGA) have praised the effor... 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 ... read more >

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The importance of openness after Grenfell

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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 everyt... more > more last word articles >
Generating growth with the Grimsby town deal

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Something is stirring in the north of England. Philip Jackson, leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, explains what’s occurring and how it’s caught the eye of Government and the p... more >
Local government secretary announces £9m Brexit preparedness fund

22/08/2019Local government secretary announces £9m Brexit preparedness fund

Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick MP has announced an extra £9m will be made available to ensure local areas and major ports are ready for Brexit. As part of the funding, local... more >

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New rules to change the future of Social Value

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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

19/06/2019How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

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

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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

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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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