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Birmingham bin strikes called off following key High Court ruling

21.09.17: Strikes by refuse workers in Birmingham have this week been called off after the union won an important High Court ruling. Unite has called off the strike as a judge granted an interim injunction to stop Birmingham City Council handing redu... more >

IFS: Public sector faces recruitment chaos if pay cap is not dropped

21.09.17: The public sector will face major recruitment and retention issues if pay restraints, which are pushing wages to historically low levels, are continued by the government, experts have today warned. Publishing a report making the case for th... more >

Essex CC called in to fix ‘inadequate’ Worcestershire care services

21.09.17: Essex County Council has officially been appointed to make major improvements in the children’s social care services at Worcestershire County Council. At the start of the year, an Ofsted report rated the services for both looked-after... more >

‘Fundamental rethink’ on social housing needed as Javid brings forward green paper

20.09.17: A wide-ranging, top-to-bottom green paper on social housing is to be brought forward by the government, Sajid Javid has this week announced. Speaking at the National Housing Federation conference yesterday, the communities secretary vowed t... more >

Cost benefit analysis of government infrastructure ‘misused and poorly communicated’

20.09.17: The government must improve its system for valuing the costs and benefits of its infrastructure to improve the delivery of key projects, experts have today revealed.   In a report called, ‘How to value infrastructure: Improving c... more >

Birmingham recalls Improvement Panel following ‘serious setbacks’

20.09.17: Birmingham City Council’s improvement panel is to stay at the city, despite the authority telling the DCLG that it no longer required its services last month. The council had previously written to Sajid Javid to recommed that the pane... more >

Rules brought in to prevent convicted criminals serving in councils

19.09.17: New rules have been announced this week by local government minister Marcus Jones to stop people convicted of serious crimes from being able to serve on local councils. DCLG said that the changes are being brought in to ensure “those... more >

Liverpool CEO Ged Fitzgerald suspended by city council

19.09.17: Liverpool City Council has this week suspended its chief executive Ged Fitzgerald, the authority has announced. Back in May Fitzgerald “stepped aside” from his role due to financial irregularities into a £5m contract for s... more >

South Yorkshire devolution in doubt as councils clash over next steps

19.09.17: South Yorkshire’s devolution deal took a serious knock today after a statement from the Sheffield City Region (SCR) revealed that two councils, Barnsley and Doncaster MBC, have refused to back the plans. Though there has not yet been... more >

Voter ID checks to be trialled in five English areas next year

18.09.17: Mandatory voter ID checks will be piloted across five areas in England next year, it was revealed over the weekend. The move has been taken to crack down on electoral fraud through voter impersonation, which has more than doubled between 20... more >

New funding system for schools ‘not sustainable in long term’

18.09.17: Councils have this week criticised the government’s new funding system for schools, which they argue is “not sustainable in the long term”. It follows the Department for Education (DfE) announcing new measures to “pu... more >

Union urges ‘rethink’ on job centre closure plans with further strike action

18.09.17: Workers at a job centre in Sheffield have today stepped up their action against their employer with another week of strikes starting today. Members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union will walk out to protest the closure of th... more >

Male LCR cabinet urged to give up their seats for female nominees

15.09.17: The entirely male cabinet at the Liverpool City Region (LCR) have this week been urged to give up their seats by the Women’s Leadership Group (WLG) in a drive towards a more gender inclusive authority. Writing in an open letter, the W... more >

Council DTOC reduction targets ‘counterproductive’ to easing pressure on NHS

15.09.17: Councils leaders have today criticised the government for setting “last minute, unrealistic and unachievable targets” for reducing delayed transfers of care (DTOC). New figures from NHS England for July and August showed that DT... more >

Councils sceptical of major DCLG reform to assess housing need

15.09.17: The DCLG has this week launched a consultation on a new way of assessing housing need to ensure local areas are given the appropriate funding to drive housebuilding. The measures will mean that more homes are built in areas where it is unaf... more >

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14/08/2017Time for reflection

A lot has happened since the last edition of PSE was published. In particular, the snap general election delivered an astounding result that many of the pollsters and political experts could not have predicted when Theresa May initially called for it back in April. Chris Painter, Professor Emeritus at Birmingham City University, provides a fascinating analysis of the campaign, and assesses the aftermath of the election on pages 26-28. It is a must-read article.  During the... read more >