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Brokenshire reveals new measures to stamp out ‘poor doors’ segregation

23.07.19: The government has pledged to ban “poor doors” to help end the segregation of social housing residents in mixed-housing developments in future builds. Communities secretary James Brokenshire announced the measures to “tack... more >

Controversial new prevention green paper ‘a step in the right direction’

23.07.19: The long-awaited prevention green paper has been published by the government, including a host of policies targeting ill-health such as proposals tackling smoking, drinking and poor diets. The ‘Advancing our health: prevention in the... more >

London survey shows effective approach to helping vulnerable kids

23.07.19: New research from London Councils highlights the life-changing impact early intervention has on the most vulnerable young people in the capital. The umbrella group’s evaluation of children’s social care and special educational n... more >

Yorkshire, Devon and Cornwall get £3m funding for flood measures

23.07.19: Communities across Yorkshire, Devon and Cornwall and central England are to be protected against the impact of flooding after almost £3 million of government investment. Following a competitive evaluation process, three projects have... more >

Social care pooled funding reaches £6.4bn as Better Care Fund renewed

22.07.19: Ministers have confirmed the renewal of the Better Care fund for 2019 to 2020, bringing the available pooled funding to £6.4bn. The fund provides financial support for councils and NHS organisations to jointly plan and deliver local s... more >

AI technology fund of £2 million announced to identify UK potholes

22.07.19: Innovative artificial intelligence (AI) technology will be used to help improve the condition of local roads, following the announcement of DfT funding announced totalling £2 million to develop the most thorough understanding ever of Brita... more >

Five new regional economic blueprints launched

19.07.19: A series of local economic blueprints have been unveiled, setting out plans for how to boost the earning power and opportunities of people and businesses as part of the Government’s modern Industrial Strategy. Demonstrating the unique... more >

DfE announces £33.5m for academies to drive improvements

19.07.19: Academies in England will receive a package of over £33m to help drive improvement in the education system, the Department for Education (DfE) has announced today. High-performing academy trusts are being encouraged to grow and suppor... more >

TSSA welcomes vote backing HS2 phase 2

17.07.19: The general secretary of the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA) has described the decision by MPs to approve the second stage of the High Speed Two (HS2) as “wise and welcome”. MPs backed the High Speed Rail (West Mid... more >

County council approves £153m link road amid climate change protests

16.07.19: Norwich county councillors have formally approved a new link road for the Norwich bypass, despite the environmental group Extinction Rebellion staging protests on the steps of the County Hall. The council’s cabinet committee backed a... more >

Lewisham Council appoint new chief executive from Hackney Council

15.07.19: Lewisham LBC is set to appoint Kim Wright, currently a group director at Hackney Council, as its new chief executive. Wright will take up the top job in October, leaving her post as group director for neighbourhoods and housing in Hackney. ... more >

Councils, NHS trusts and police to work together to tackle serious crime under new ‘public health duty’

15.07.19: Local authorities, NHS trusts and police forces will all be required to work together to tackle serious violence under the new ‘public health duty’. Unveiled by home secretary Sajid Javid in response to a sharp spike in knife cr... more >

Extra £28m announced to alleviate pressures on councils through Controlling Migration Fund

15.07.19: Councils across England are set to receive a further £28m to help ease pressures on local services following increased migration, from alleviating rough sleeping and community integration to targeting rogue landlords. The funding boos... more >

Defra appoints Oxford professor as new chief scientist

12.07.19: Gideon Henderson has been appointed by Defra as its new chief scientific advisor. Henderson, who is currently a professor of earth sciences at the University of Oxford, will join Defra in October in this year. He replaces the out-going... more >

‘Pioneering’ Grimsby regeneration deal gets multi-million funding boost

12.07.19: The Northern Powerhouse minister has announced a £3.75m funding boost to kickstart the major regeneration plans for Grimsby town centre. Part of the “pioneering” Town Deal, the latest investment represents the second phase... more >

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

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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 >