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LGA: New homes data positive, but still failing to meet growing housing need

24.02.17: New figures released by the government have shown that the number of new build homes has continued to rise to its highest level since 2007, but council leaders have warned that the rate of builds is failing to keep up with rising demand.   ... more >

Lancashire still pushing for devo deal despite two councils withdrawing support

24.02.17: Plans put forward for a devolution deal to join together 15 councils in Lancashire in a combined authority will still go ahead, despite two councils withdrawing their support. All of Lancashire’s authorities besides Wyre had agreed to... more >

Councils divided as HS2 Bill is given Royal Assent

23.02.17: HS2 will be the “catalyst” in driving economic growth in the West Midlands as the eagerly anticipated high-speed rail link was given Royal Assent in Parliament today. However, Camden Council, which represents one of the most affected... more >

Councils face ‘significant risk’ in fixing deteriorating school estate

23.02.17: Local councils face “significant challenges” in providing enough places in schools as they struggle to maintain the condition of school estates whilst funds are diverted to open free schools. In a report drawn up by the National... more >

Services failing children with complex needs as national data ‘not fit for purpose’

23.02.17: Concern has been voiced by the National Children’s Bureau that government and local authority services for children with complex needs are insufficient to cater for a growing number of children and families requiring specialist care. ... more >

Bristol: the booming smart city

23.02.17: Barney Smith, CEO at Bristol Is Open, explains how the innovative project can help make cities more liveable and sustainable. Bristol is the eighth largest city in the UK and a popular place to study and work. With a steady influx of people... more >

Introducing learning analytics

23.02.17: Learning analytics make use of the data generated as we learn and teach in order to improve learning and teaching. Rebecca Ferguson, a senior lecturer from The Open University, identifies key areas for action to help your institution make use of... more >

Opening up water options

23.02.17: With only a few weeks left until public sector organisations across England can choose their water services retailer, it’s time to make sure you know what your options are, writes Helen Robinson-Gordon, head of communications for Retail Ma... more >

Northern leaders call for further devolution from ‘out of touch’ Whitehall

22.02.17: A number of northern council CEOs and senior councillors have united in calling for more powers to be devolved to northern councils to maximise the economic benefits of the Northern Powerhouse plan and give control to local authorities to determ... more >

Huge council engagement effort on STPs needed to make up lost ground

22.02.17: STPs must look to move away from “jargon and technical language” in order to clearly explain their purpose and rationale to lay readers, a report by the King’s Fund has revealed. The review into STPs also stated that a &ld... more >

Almost 80% of councils spend more on social care than devolved GM

22.02.17: If Greater Manchester (GM) was a single unitary authority, it would be ranked in the bottom third nationally for its social care user satisfaction – and around 77% of local authorities with social care responsibility would be spending more... more >

Spring Budget last hope for social care after ‘hugely disappointing’ council settlement

21.02.17: Local authorities have reacted angrily as communities secretary Sajid Javid confirmed that the local government settlement would see £240m being transferred from the New Homes Bonus put back into adult social care funding – but made... more >

GM Mayor: Business as usual won’t work to deliver 2050 carbon targets

21.02.17: Taking a ‘business as usual’ approach will not allow Manchester to hit its 80% carbon reduction targets by 2050, Tony Lloyd, the region’s interim mayor has said today at the Carbon Trust’s Public Sector Conference. A... more >

How England’s new metro mayors can learn from Ken, Boris and Sadiq

20.02.17: London’s current and former mayors offer important lessons on the opportunities – and potential pitfalls – the new metro mayors will face, argues Alexandra Jones, chief executive of Centre for Cities. In May this year, new... more >

Outrage from employers’ groups at ‘illegal’ changes to business rate appeals

20.02.17: Business leaders have hit out at the DCLG’s planned changes to business rates that are set to be voted at the next revaluation on 1 April, arguing that a clause in the proposed changes is “potentially illegal”. In a letter... more >

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Shaping the future of local government through districts

23/02/2017Shaping the future of local government through districts

Mark Pawsey (pictured), the MP for Rugby and the chair of the All Party Par... more >
Bristol: the booming smart city

23/02/2017Bristol: the booming smart city

Barney Smith, CEO at Bristol Is Open, explains how the innovative project c... more >


McMahon: I worry that the public are not part of the devolution conversation

20/12/2016McMahon: I worry that the public are not part of the devolution conversation

Jim McMahon, Labour’s shadow minister for local government and devolu... more >

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And justice for all

23/02/2017And justice for all

Nothing less than a ‘whole-place’ pooling of public service budgets and devolution of criminal justice system powers to local level can create the conditions for c... 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 >