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Public health cuts likely to cost wider economy £1.6bn in the long term

30.03.17: Cuts to public health services are “short-sighted,” and represent a false economy, a report published by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) has found. It also found that the £200m cuts to public health funding in the UK wou... more >

NAO reports ‘mixed success’ in early days of GDS

30.03.17: The Government Digital Service (GDS) requires further clarity about its remit and accountabilities to continue being effective in the future, a report released today by the National Audit Office (NAO) has revealed. The NAO’s report, c... more >

Civil Service ‘woefully underprepared’ for Brexit as Article 50 triggered

30.03.17: The government must act to provide the Civil Service with the resources it needs to cope with significant challenges posed by Brexit, two unions have warned after Theresa May triggered article 50, formally kick-starting the process of Britain&rs... more >

60 seconds with… Mark Lloyd

30.03.17: We talk to Mark Lloyd, who has been chief executive of the LGA since November 2015. Prior to taking on this role, he had been the CEO at Cambridgeshire County Council from 2008 and Durham County Council from 2005. What are the biggest challen... more >

Whitehall ‘does not understand’ severity of declining school standards, say PAC

29.03.17: Education standards at schools in England are at risk of spiralling further into decline should the Department for Education continue with its harsh series of funding cuts coupled with unrealistic efficiency targets, a report released by the Pub... more >

LGA: Councils should use business rates retention to prop up struggling services

29.03.17: Councils should be able to use extra cash raised from the change to 100% business rates retention to prop up underfunded local services, the LGA has today told central government. The announcement was in response to a National Audit Office&... more >

Surrey CC gives notice to withdraw membership from LGA and CCN

29.03.17: Surrey County Council has given notice to withdraw its membership from the Local Government Association (LGA) and County Councils Network (CCN), PSE has today learned. This development follows leader Cllr David Hodge resigning last week as... more >

Councils must look to resolve social care enquiries ‘at front door’

28.03.17: Councils lack clear strategies for managing demand for social care services and insufficient data to analyse how best to use resources and improve services for patients, including better assessment and signposting for patients at first point of... more >

Sixth of local roads will need replacing within five years, warns ALARM survey

28.03.17: A total of one in six of local roads in the UK may need to be replaced in the next five years, Asphalt Industry Alliance’s (AIA’s) annual ALARM survey has revealed, deepening existing council concerns for the state of the country&rsq... more >

Targets set out for Cambridge-Peterborough mayor to address region’s ‘unique challenges’

28.03.17: Cambridge and Peterborough’s new metro mayor must focus on introducing a congestion charge, addressing low skill levels and developing a housing and business needs plan when they take office in May, a new report by Centre for Cities has sa... more >

LGA: Charities must be part of the devolution conversation

27.03.17: Greater engagement is needed between councils and charities for both parties to get the most from future devolution, local authority leaders have stated.  The call comes following a consultation from the Charities Select Committee that... more >

Progressing Sheffield’s stalled devo deal to cost over £100k

27.03.17: The cost of progressing Sheffield City Region’s (SCR’s) stalled devolution deal with another public consultation will cost the authority over £100,000, a document from the CA has revealed. The document asked the SCR’... more >

Tougher measures and clear goals needed to curb child obesity, warn MPs

27.03.17: “Robust action” is needed to tackle the growing problem that councils are facing with addressing childhood obesity, a report released today by the Health Select Committee has warned. In the report, ‘Childhood obesity: foll... more >

Bournemouth council to vote on making CEO role redundant

27.03.17: The chief executive position at Bournemouth Borough council could be made redundant later this week, as the authority will vote on the matter at a full council meeting this Friday. The decision to no longer have a CEO comes as the council p... more >

NAO: Understaffed Civil Service unable to cope with current workloads

24.03.17: The Civil Service is failing to keep pace with the growth of the challenges it is facing, the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned. In a new report, ‘Capability in the Civil Service’, the NAO called on the government to priori... more >

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Time to embrace change

01/03/2017Time to embrace change

The way we work is changing. As a profession, we must be ready to embrace i... more >
Digital Marketplace: reaching far and wide in the public sector

01/03/2017Digital Marketplace: reaching far and wide in the public sector

Over the next few months, the Government Digital Service (GDS) wants to get... more >

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Leading transformational change through procurement

01/03/2017Leading transformational change through procurement

Liz Welton, chair of the Society of Procurement Officers in Local Governmen... more >

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Why opening up procurement matters to the UK public sector

22/03/2017Why opening up procurement matters to the UK public sector

Rob Levene, managing director of Bloom, explains why opening up procurement is important to the UK public sector.  Procuring products and services by the UK public s... more >
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21/02/2017Untapped potential

As PSE went to press, the government had just released its Industrial Strategy green paper, which has an ambitious aim to “improve living standards and economic growth by increasing productivity and driving growth across the whole country”.  Overall, the strategy was welcomed across the public sector. However, as you’ll read throughout this edition of the magazine, in order to make the aspirations a reality, there needs to be a greater level of freedom for all... read more >