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DCLG slammed for ‘lack of ambition’ in tackling housing crisis

28.04.17: The government has been criticised for ‘lacking ambition’ in tackling the UK’s housing crisis, MPs have today warned. Despite acknowledging that the market in England is broken, the government was slammed for relying on an... more >

New mayors encouraged to embrace digital devolution

28.04.17: The six mayors of the newly established combined authority areas have been told to adopt a ‘Digital First Mind-set’ when they take office after elections take place on 4 May. At the launch of techUK – the UK’s IT ind... more >

MPs slam BCF as ‘complicated ruse’ to transfer cash to local government

28.04.17: MPs have slammed the government for the failure of the Better Care Fund (BCF) to achieve any of its objectives, adding that it was unconvinced that STP planning could succeed where the BCF had failed in integrating health and social care service... more >

Collaborative working is the key to the future at home and abroad

28.04.17: David Hawkins, operations director at the Institute for Collaborative Working (ICW), on why ISO 44001 is a new evolution in collaborative working. The past 12 months have seen seismic changes both across Europe and the US. Brexit will undou... more >

An integrated approach to greening public transport

28.04.17: Dave Pearson, director of transport services at West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA), explains how a partnership approach is encouraging more people to use public transport and improve air quality in the region. Reducing carbon emission... more >

Improving engagement and trust

28.04.17: Tracie Evans, chief operating officer at Haringey Council, reflects on the importance of innovative change and improving the relationship between staff and senior management in these times of austerity. Since joining Haringey Council four y... more >

Unlocking the combination to criminal justice reform

28.04.17: If new mayors want to improve the life chances of their communities, help the most vulnerable and trailblaze public service reform, then criminal justice transformation and ‘whole-place’ pooling of public service budgets must be prio... more >

Improving information sharing to support integration

28.04.17: Kevin Kewin, a senior adviser in the Care and Health Improvement Programme at the LGA, explains how social care can be transformed through the use of information and technology. The funding pressures facing social care, and the NHS, have be... more >

Putting digital at the heart of service delivery

28.04.17: Following the recent Smart Essex Digital Summit, which was hosted by Essex County Council, David Wilde, executive director and chief information officer at the local authority, tells PSE why, in order to prepare for the challenges of the future... more >

Local polls must not be forgotten in ‘fog’ of general election

27.04.17: The UK’s leading political parties have today been reminded to not forget about the local elections with a week to go before voters go to the polls to choose who represents their interests at council level. Today, the Local Government... more >

Council-led energy company aims to tackle fuel poverty in Liverpool

27.04.17: A not-for-profit energy company has been set up in Liverpool that aims to save residents hundreds of pounds and tackle fuel poverty in the area. Named the Liverpool Energy Community Company, or LECCY for short, the organisation is hoping to... more >

Khan to launch first of its kind criminal landlord database in London

27.04.17: An online database to ‘name and shame’ criminal landlords will soon be established in the capital by mayor of London Sadiq Khan. The measures have been put in place to crack down on the number of landlords renting sub-standard p... more >

Community support ‘patchy’ for people with learning disabilities

26.04.17: More needs to be done to reduce the number of beds in mental health hospitals for people with a learning disability, and greater levels of funding and support are required when moving them into community care, according to an influential group o... more >

PAC: Government spending ‘over the odds’ on creating free schools

26.04.17: Concern has been raised that the government’s system of funding to build new schools and create places is “poor value for money,” the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has today stated. In the ‘Capital funding for scho... more >

Sexism ‘commonplace’ across local government

26.04.17: Sexism in local government is “commonplace,” as more than a third of female councillors reported experiencing sexist comments from colleagues, a survey from the Fawcett Society has revealed. Startlingly, one in 10 women also sai... more >

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An integrated approach to greening public transport

28/04/2017An integrated approach to greening public transport

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28/04/2017Unlocking the combination to criminal justice reform

If new mayors want to improve the life chances of their communities, help t... more >

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Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

25/04/2017Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

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24/04/2017Engaging voters ahead of May’s elections

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.  ... more >
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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 >