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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 >

Clean growth and the role of UK infrastructure

21.04.17: A renewal of the UK’s infrastructure – from telecommunications to energy, roads and buildings – rightly sits as one of the pillars of the government’s Industrial Strategy. But how can we ensure the infrastructure of tomor... more >

The peoples powerhouse: breaking the mould

21.04.17: Despite its many brilliant female leaders, the Northern Powerhouse often forgets to shout about the women working tirelessly to transform the region. But this is all about to change, Donna Hall, chief executive of Wigan Council, tells PSE’... more >

Shouting about health and care integration in the capital

21.04.17: Cllr Kevin Davis, London Councils executive member for health and leader of Kingston Council, celebrates the work being done in the capital to integrate health and social care, but argues there is still a long way to go. It is no secret tha... more >

A modern law for an increasingly digital world

21.04.17: From May 2018, a new piece of data protection legislation, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), will apply in the UK. Ian Inman, group manager for public services at the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), outlines changes n... more >

One in five suffering severe mental health issues due to housing problems

20.04.17: One in five adults have suffered from mental health problems due to pressures from housing over the last five years, new research released by Shelter has revealed. The charity’s findings found that 21% of adults had suffered from issu... more >

A significant change to British democracy is approaching

20.04.17: Andrew Walker, policy researcher at the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU), discusses the importance of the upcoming mayoral elections.  Local elections are fast approaching, and there are some really key ones to look out for thi... more >

IPPR: Collaboration between mayors essential to secure more devolution

20.04.17: The six new mayors of England’s newly formed combined authorities must work together across their regions to drive a new wave of devolution, a report released by IPPR North has stated. In the report, called ‘England’s New... more >

Dorset council postpones reorganisation referendum until after general election

20.04.17: Christchurch councillors in Dorset have voted to defer a referendum on local government reorganisation until after the snap general election on 8 June. The news was announced this week by the council who say that due to possible changes to... more >

Error with car parking app used by councils causes serious data breach

19.04.17: An issue with a car parking app used by many local councils caused users to see the personal details of other people on the app, including information about vehicle registration and names. The app is used in 230 towns across the country by... more >

Combined authorities risk being ‘old boys’ club’ as 93% of leaders are white men

19.04.17: A huge majority of 93% of top positions in all six of the newly-formed combined authorities will be held by white men, prompting claims that English devolution is at risk of becoming a “play thing of the old boys’ club”, the El... more >

Social care squeeze leaves thousands more patients stranded in hospital care

19.04.17: Around 30,000 more people were forced to wait in hospital while their care was transferred into the community in February 2017 compared to the same month a year ago, figures released by NHS England have revealed. There were almost 185,000 d... more >

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Oxfordshire devolution will boost UK economy

21/04/2017Oxfordshire devolution will boost UK economy

Peter Sloman, chief executive of Oxford City Council, argues that pursuing ... more >
Clean growth and the role of UK infrastructure

21/04/2017Clean growth and the role of UK infrastructure

A renewal of the UK’s infrastructure – from telecommunications ... more >

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13/04/2017New social care funding misses the point

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Why opening up procurement matters to the UK public sector

22/03/2017Why opening up procurement matters to the UK public sector

Rob Levene, managing director of Bloom, explains why opening up procurement is important to the UK public sector.  Procuring products and services by the UK public s... 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 >