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Council controversially begins first monthly bin collection in England and Wales

25.09.18: Monthly bin collections have been introduced for the first time in England and Wales by Conwy County Council, despite major complaints from residents over piles of waste, rats and fly-tipping. The North Wales council rolled out the controve... more >

Nottinghamshire leader hits back: ‘We’re the most transparent and open council there is’

25.09.18: The leader of Nottinghamshire County Council has hit back against claims that the authority lacks transparency, claiming that the council is “the most open and transparent council there is.” Cllr Kay Cutts, in an interview with... more >

Exclusive: Notts leader rejects calls for council merger referendum, public decision due in May

25.09.18: The leader of Nottinghamshire County Council has rejected calls from opposing councillors to put potential merger plans to a referendum, arguing that it could lead to opposing organisations attempting to railroad the vote. Speaking exclusiv... more >

Somerset council criticises financial resiliency index and media speculation on its finances

24.09.18: Somerset County Council has expressed their concerns over the proposed financial resiliency index scheme, saying that “having a relative ranking of all authorities” will not improve anyone’s financial position and offer an &ldq... more >

Edinburgh council plans out £30m cuts to tackle four-year £106m black hole

24.09.18: Edinburgh Council have announced a wave of consultations and set out their four-year plan to tackle their budget gap and growing strains on services. The council are seeking resident’s views on the draft strategy ‘Planning for C... more >

Cash-strapped Somerset council might still fail to set ‘sustainable budget’ despite massive cuts

24.09.18: Somerset County Council might still fail to make sufficient savings to establish a “sustainable budget” even after the latest wave of major cuts were agreed last week. On the 12 September, the cash-strapped authority approved ov... more >

Essex council employees offered 10 fully paid days to police local communities

21.09.18: Staff members at a council in Essex are being offered 10 fully paid days to leave the office and team up with local police to give back to their local communities. Basildon Council launched an event yesterday endorsing Employing Supported P... more >

New £1.4m cash pot for digital projects at 18 councils looking to modernise social care

21.09.18: New adult social care funding for 18 councils across the UK has been awarded by NHS Digital, with the local authorities splitting the £1.4m cash pot to develop digital projects in support of social care. NHS Digital has revealed three... more >

Westminster City Council to bring ALMO housing scheme back in-house after performance concerns

21.09.18: Westminster City Council is bringing its arms-length housing body back under the authority’s control as a key Cabinet member claimed there was “no option” other than the move. CityWest Homes— the housing organisation... more >

Council and NHS consider merging into a single public authority

20.09.18: Scottish Borders Council has put forward plans for a single public authority in the region in a proposed submission to a local government review. Ahead of the council’s meeting next week, a report said the proposals aim to d... more >

Deeper council engagement still needed to drive health integration

20.09.18: More positive progress has been made regarding the involvement of local authorities in shaping integrated care systems (ICSs) across the country, but deeper engagement is needed to improve population health going forward, a leading think tank ha... more >

Major cuts set to continue as county councils outline £1bn in budget reductions, CCN says

20.09.18: England’s county councils are to outline another wave of cuts, with almost £1bn needed in reductions to balance the books next February. Startling analysis by the County Councils Network (CCN) warned that local authorities will... more >

Cornwall to cut hundreds of jobs in bid to save £80m and avoid Northants-style disaster

19.09.18: Cornwall Council has proposed to cut a whopping 388 jobs under new budget proposals. However, the proposed cuts are only the equivalent of 388 full-time jobs. According to a report ahead of the council’s Cabinet meeting today, the amo... more >

Theresa May announces £2bn funding for affordable housing

19.09.18: Theresa May has announced £2bn in new funding for housing associations. Speaking at the National Housing Federation (NHF) summit in London today, the prime minister promised the extra money, intended to help long-term construction dec... more >

Andy Burnham leads a host of speakers at People’s Powerhouse 2018

19.09.18: Andy Burnham is among those speaking at the People’s Powerhouse Convention, an event aiming to “let the people in” and give them a voice in decision-making. Mancunian poet Tony Walsh, also known as Longfella, will also spe... more >

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Crown Commercial Service: Travel solutions on track

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Katrina Williams, head of travel at the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), exp... more >
LEPs need to do more for England's countryside

10/09/2018LEPs need to do more for England's countryside

Paul Miner, head of strategic plans and devolution at the Campaign to Prote... more >


Michael King: Time for Ombudsman reform

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Michael King first joined the Local Government Ombudsman service back in 20... more >

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Social value: what is it and why?

14/09/2018Social value: what is it and why?

Ben Carpenter, chief executive of Social Value UK, discusses the worth of social value, and argues that, before we start measuring social value, we should ask clearly: what is... 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 >