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Tories will take education spending back to 2010 levels, warns IFS

26.05.17: Conservative plans to reduce spending on schools would lead to a 7% real-terms cut for the education sector between 2015-16 and 2021-22, according to experts from the Institute of Fiscal Studies. In an observation, which looked at the conse... more >

Almost all council websites now optimised for mobile devices

26.05.17: Almost all local councils have now repurposed their websites to present a responsive or mobile site when accessed on a smartphone. In a survey conducted in April and May 2017 by Better Connected, who analyse the digital performance of local... more >

Manchester leaders thank public for £4.1m donations to attack fund

26.05.17: Local leaders in Manchester have heaped praise on the public after £4.1m was raised in support of survivors of the terrorist attack on Monday in just 48 hours. Two of Manchester’s biggest football clubs as well as countless memb... more >

Charity develops £4.5m fund to tackle homelessness

25.05.17: A social investment fund worth £4.5m has this week been launched by charity Homeless Link to tackle the issue in local areas. The fund will support housing agencies and social enterprises across England to reduce homelessness and is o... more >

Leese vows ‘fear and division’ won’t win following terror attack

25.05.17: The leader of Manchester City Council, Sir Richard Leese, has sent a powerful message of defiance in the face of the most terrible terrorist attack the city has ever seen. He vowed to not let “fear and division” win as he sent a... more >

Liverpool CEO temporarily ‘steps aside’ following arrest

25.05.17: The chief executive of Liverpool City Council has been forced to temporarily step down from his role after he was arrested due to financial problems with tendering contracts to BT. In a statement released by the local authority, Liverpool m... more >

Almost all councils facing ‘severe or moderate’ housing problem

24.05.17: Councils have almost unanimously announced this week that local areas are severely in need of affordable homes. In a survey conducted by the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) with the Association for Public Service Excellence (AP... more >

Councils must be allowed to borrow to fund Tory social care reform

24.05.17: Local government will have to be able to borrow money to fund the Conservative’s new plans for social care, a key public finance body has stated. In the Conservatives manifesto released last week, Theresa May stated that her party wou... more >

G-Cloud 9: Choosing the right supplier for your cloud communications

24.05.17: James Passingham, chief technical officer at Foehn, a G-Cloud provider since 2012, reminds us it’s vital to choose a cloud phone system supplier that can also deliver expert advice and technical support. The arrival of G-Cloud 9 marks... more >

Metro mayors rally around Manchester after terror attack

24.05.17: England’s metro mayors have rallied around Manchester after it suffered the worst attack in its history. Around 10.30pm on Monday evening, a suicide bomber detonated an explosive in the foyer of the Manchester Arena at the end of a co... more >

Neighbourhood planning handbook launched for councillors

22.05.17: A handbook to help councillors plan their neighbourhoods has been launched by a key local government organisation.   The publication, called ‘The Good Councillor’s Guide to Neighbourhood Planning’ has been released by... more >

Tory plans to achieve budget surplus by 2025 slammed as ‘disappointing’

22.05.17: Conservative targets to achieve a budget surplus for public sector borrowing by 2025 have been described as “disappointing” by a key economic think tank. In analysis by the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS), it was found that the... more >

Counties back pledges to scrap ‘arbitrary’ mayors for devo deals

22.05.17: County councils have welcomed the decision taken by the three main political parties to drop plans that would stop areas without a directly elected mayor asking for devolution deals. In a statement released by the County Councils Network (C... more >

Punitive benefit cuts pushing mental health sufferers further into poverty

22.05.17: The benefits system is causing a large number of people suffering with mental health problems to be made even more unwell, a new survey has found. In research conducted by charity Mind, around 3,000 people with mental health problems were a... more >

Mandatory voter ID checks ‘like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut’

19.05.17: Experts have slammed the Conservatives manifesto pledge to make voters have to show ID to be able to vote in elections across the UK. The Electoral Reform Society (ERS) said that the decision, which Theresa May’s party says is being b... more >

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

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An integrated approach to greening public transport

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

Dave Pearson, director of transport services at West Yorkshire Combined Aut... more >
Unlocking the combination to criminal justice reform

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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A watershed moment in British democracy

02/05/2017A watershed moment in British democracy

The upcoming mayoral elections represent a watershed moment in the history of British democracy, reports PSE’s Luana Salles.  On 4 May, voters across six regio... 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 >