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Switch to Universal Credit doubles number of referrals to foodbanks

25.04.17: Areas where Universal Credit has been rolled out to single people, couples and families have seen a 16.85% increase in the number of people being referred to foodbanks – more than double the national average. In a report drawn up by c... more >

Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

25.04.17: Ahead of this year’s mayoral elections, Lord Kerslake, the former head of the Civil Service, tells PSE’s David Stevenson why the arguments for devolution remain as compelling as they always have. In February, Lord Kerslake publi... more >

Public sector can lead the UK to an ultra-low emission future

25.04.17: Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, explains why the public sector has the potential to shape and accelerate the UK automotive market to be entirely ultra-low emission. The public sector is more plugged in to electric vehicles (EVs) than eve... more >

A period of inevitable risk

25.04.17: Dr Daniel Dresner, information and cyber security governance lecturer at the University of Manchester, explains how the public sector’s approach to cyber security is improving. The public sector’s approach to cyber security gove... more >

Employee financial wellbeing in the public sector

25.04.17: Charles Cotton, performance and reward adviser to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), analyses the financial wellbeing of those working in the public sector. In 2016, the CIPD produced a report on employee wellbeing... more >

Wigan Council: embracing digital transformation

25.04.17: Alison McKenzie-Folan, deputy chief executive, director customer transformation at Wigan Council, explains why local authorities, as digital leaders, must set a positive example and demonstrate what can be achieved when you embed trust in the wo... more >

Using data to enhance public services

25.04.17: Shane Green, programme manager for business intelligence & open data, and Sudip Trivedi, head of data & analytics and connectivity — Business Partner for Place at Camden Council, discuss the importance of using data analytics to im... more >

DCLG announce allocation for £300m business rates relief fund amidst confusion

24.04.17: The allocation for the £300m package promised in the Spring Budget to ease pressure on small businesses hit hardest by changes to business rates has been released by the DCLG. This comes after reports that the fund had been pushed bac... more >

Engaging voters ahead of May’s elections

24.04.17: Emma Hartley, head of campaigns at the Electoral Commission, discusses the importance of a collaborative approach to engage voters ahead of this year’s elections.  It’s vital that voters can easily participate in every type... more >

PAC: Plans to replace emergency services comms pose ‘catastrophic’ risk to public safety

24.04.17: Plans to replace part of the existing communications system for the emergency services could strike a “major, potentially catastrophic blow to the ability of our emergency services to carry out their job and keep citizens safe”, acco... more >

Councils warned to plan before switching to cloud-based data

24.04.17: Local councils and other public sector organisations have been warned to do proper background research before switching to the cloud or internet data systems in a new report released this week. Research conducted by Brunel University found... more >

Council CEOs welcome Industrial Strategy to drive devolution

21.04.17: Council chief executives have welcomed the Industrial Strategy Green Paper, saying that they agree with the government’s plans to build a stronger economy and fairer society and the opportunity it offers to unlock further devolution. ... more >

Scottish councils urged to target local SMEs with procurement spend

21.04.17: Less than a fifth of council procurement budgets in Scotland are spent on small or medium sized enterprises (SME), the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has revealed. This has led the organisation to call on Scottish councils to pledge a... more >

LGiU: Councillors not ‘digital dinosaurs’ but skills gap still an issue

21.04.17: Councillors across the country are not “digital dinosaurs” and generally hold strong and positive views about technology and data, a new report has announced. The ‘Start of the possible’ research, conducted by the Lo... more >

Oxfordshire devolution will boost UK economy

21.04.17: Peter Sloman, chief executive of Oxford City Council, argues that pursuing devolution rather than restructuring local government in the county is better for the area’s economy. This year is likely to be dominated by the debates around... more >

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Public sector can lead the UK to an ultra-low emission future

25/04/2017Public sector can lead the UK to an ultra-low emission future

Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, explains why the public sector has the p... more >
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25/04/2017Employee financial wellbeing in the public sector

Charles Cotton, performance and reward adviser to the Chartered Institute o... more >

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Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

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11/04/2017A watershed moment in British politics

The government has now officially triggered Article 50, formally starting the process of Britain’s exit from the EU. How this will affect local government, the wider public sector and the Civil Service remains to be seen, but the likelihood of it being plain sailing with the enormity of the task ahead seems rather unlikely.  It is, therefore, quite appropriate that in this edition of PSE Professor Chris Painter reflects on the profound changes that have taken place in the... read more >