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‘More to be done’ to build public confidence in reporting suspected child abuse

16.03.18: More than two in five adults who have worried about the welfare of a child have not reported their concerns, new research has revealed. In a recent survey, over a quarter of adults said that they had been concerned about the welfare, neglect, o... more >

Over a quarter of secondary schools in deficit

16.03.18: The proportion of local authority maintained secondary schools in deficit has nearly trebled in four years, a new report has revealed. ‘School funding pressures in England,’ published today by the Education Policy Institute, found t... more >

‘Wholly unacceptable’ that central gov does not have clear answer to benefits of LEPs

16.03.18: The Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership (GCGP LEP) is the latest example of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) devolving powers to LEPs in a manner “characterised by both complex... more >

Leader resigns after Whitehall report calls for failing council to be split up

16.03.18: The leader of Northamptonshire County Council has announced her resignation after a government report recommended the impoverished authority should be split into two smaller unitary councils. Heather Smith said it “wasn’t an eas... more >

Oldham Council launches search for partner in £350m Masterplan

15.03.18: Oldham Council is to launch its search or a development partner to deliver its £350m Town Centre Masterplan. The northern council will start its procurement exercise this summer, subject to cabinet approval on 26 March, to secure a partne... more >

Javid pinpoints five authorities with integration plan

15.03.18: The housing, communities and local government secretary has set out ambitious trials across five British councils, to tackle the root causes of poor integration in Britain. Over the next two years, Sajid Javid has committed £50m to the In... more >

West Midlands council calls on Whitehall for child sexual abuse inquiry

15.03.18: A West Midlands council leader has called on the Home Office to conduct an independent investigation into child sex exploitation after a series of shocking allegations came to light in recent days. Telford and Wrekin Council leader Shaun Da... more >

Council complaints ‘masked’ by ‘complexity’ of outsourcing arrangements

14.03.18: Councils cannot outsource the responsibility for the services they provide, the local government and social care ombudsman (LGO) has clarified. Giving evidence to the public administration and constitutional affairs committee this week, Michael... more >

Hammond invites bids for £840m of ‘essential’ transport cash

14.03.18: Philip Hammond has invited proposals from cities across England for the remaining £840m from the £1.7bn Transforming Cities Fund, announced in the Autumn Budget. The cash will help local authorities to deliver on their local transpo... more >

Triennial business rate revaluation brought forward to 2021

14.03.18: The next business rates revaluation has been brought forward to 2021, Philip Hammond has announced. In his Spring Statement yesterday, the chancellor said that the revaluation would be brought forward by a year, from 2022. The triennial reva... more >

Councils ‘struggling to balance the books,’ with no knowledge of how spending will work from 2020

13.03.18: The Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) has called for an urgent consultation on the future of local government funding following the chancellor’s Spring Statement. In his speech today, Philip Hammond was positive about the UK econom... more >

WMCA strikes £350m government housing deal

13.03.18: The West Midlands has committed to deliver 215,000 homes by 2030-31 in a deal with the chancellor and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). Philip Hammond announced the £350m deal, which will be facilitated by... more >

Struggling families set to be hit hardest by highest benefit cuts in five years

13.03.18: Families that are “just about managing” will be hit by the biggest year of benefit cuts since 2012, the Resolution Foundation has warned. Research by the foundation found that benefit changes set to save around £2.5bn will &ld... more >

Cost of Brexit preparations set to hit £900m across six gov departments next year

13.03.18: The cost of Brexit preparations for the six most affected government departments will reach £900m in 2018-19, a new report warns. The Institute for Government’s report, published yesterday, ‘Costing Brexit: What is Whitehall s... more >

Javid ‘minded to’ approve unitary plans for Buckinghamshire

12.03.18: Sajid Javid has today announced that he is minded to approve plans which would see a large unitary authority created from the six existing authorities in Buckinghamshire. Under the current proposal Buckinghamshire County Council would be me... 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 feeling of imminent change than the article James Palmer, mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, has penned for us on p28. In it, he highlights... read more >