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Rural areas concern as number of barn conversions without planning rise

23.09.19: Rural areas have seen a spike in the number of barns and farm buildings being turned into homes. Over the past three years there has been an almost 230 per cent increase on these transformations happening, all without the need for planning permi... more >

Justify your new communications system, it’s not that difficult

23.09.19: Foehn discuss with Public Sector Executive how they go about addressing the unique challenges of presenting an appealing communications system setup for public sector clients.   Over the past twenty years, we’ve worked with orga... more >

Peterborough City Council to tackle homelessness with its own housing company

20.09.19: Peterborough City Council to ask for cabinet approval to set up their own Housing Revenue Account (HRA), enabling the council to provide hundreds of new homes over the coming decades to help solve the city's homelessness crisis. ... more >

Home Office encourages civil servants to volunteer with police

20.09.19: Civil servants who take up the option of volunteering as special constables will get up to 12 days paid special leave a year, in order to spend more time supporting their local police force. The new Home Office initiative will come int... more >

LGA provides plans for devolution-themed Queen’s speech

20.09.19: With 350 councils to represent in England, the LGA are keen to make sure local services and communities are the government’s top priority. The have issued a seven-point plan for the Queen’s Speech, with a view to reignite devolu... more >

Network rail proposal for UNESCO World Heritage Site

20.09.19: Network Rail has submitted a planning application to City of Edinburgh Council proposing to install a bridge walk and visitor centre at the historic Forth Bridge.   If plans go ahead for the UNESCO World Heritage site revamp, members of th... more >

Shropshire council approves funding for new homes

19.09.19: In a full council meeting earlier today (Thursday 19), Shropshire council have reached a unanimous decision to agree funding and the transfer of land for the building of new homes. The council-owned local housing company Cornovii Developmen... more >

Portsmouth City Council plea for Brexit funding

19.09.19: The leader or Portsmouth City Council, Gerald Vernon-Jackson, hosted Department for Transport minister Chris Heaton-Harris at the city’s port this week. During the visit, a request for Brexit funding was brought up by Vernon-Jackson i... more >

Union Chain Bridge receives £3.14m National Lottery funding

18.09.19:   The oldest operational suspension bridge in the world has received £3.14m in lottery funding, securing its future. The Union Chain Bridge, or Union Suspension Bridge as it is also known, has been providing a crucial transp... more >

North Oxford looks set for £500m development plan

18.09.19: A £500m development plan for North Oxford looks likely to get the green light from Oxford City Council officers. The proposal includes 480 new homes and offices with a 4,500-job capacity and an 18-bedroom hotel, to be located near the... more >

Councils urged to apply for £120k local road improvement fund

18.09.19: Local authorities across the UK are being urged to apply for a new grant fund, delivered by the Road Safety Trust, aimed towards improving safety on local roads. The Small Grants Funding Programme has an estimated £120,000 budget... more >

Government awards £2m to prevent illegal greenbelt development

18.09.19: Housing minister Esther McVey has announced £2m funding to “ensure the UK greenbelt remains untouched and protected” by preventing illegal greenbelt development. The funding will be shared across 37 areas of the UK, w... more >

West Midlands Combined Authority to deliver 4,000 new homes

17.09.19: A pioneering partnership between the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and Lovell Partnerships provides opportunity to pave the way for over 4,000 new homes. Confirmed by mayor Andy Street today (Tuesday 17 Sept), the partnership will... more >

Council re-think scrapping meals in the community

17.09.19: Subsidised meals in the community could be kept for some residents depending on senior councillor consideration. Over the summer, East Sussex County Council considered plans to remove the meals in the community subsidy in a bid to make almo... more >

Details of £95m high street investments revealed

16.09.19: The government will provide 69 towns across the UK with a share of a £95m heritage boost. Specific locations and their respective portions have been confirmed by culture secretary Nicky Morgan. The cash injection will be overseen by H... more >

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Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Bei... more >
How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

19/06/2019How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

Tom Chance, director at the National Community Land Trust Network, argues t... more >

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Northern Powerhouse Partner aims to connect the North once again

02/09/2019Northern Powerhouse Partner aims to connect the North once again

In February this year, official Northern Powerhouse Partner, Cognitive Publishing, delivered EvoNorth 2019.  The two day event was designed to amplify and highlight futur... 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 >