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Academies mean councils struggling to take integrated approach to education

23.02.18: Councils are struggling to take an integrated approach to education in areas where high numbers of secondary schools are academies, a report by the National Audit Office (NAO) has revealed. The report has found that the government is taking lon... more >

Core Cities leaders press for domestic post-Brexit agenda after meeting with Barnier

23.02.18: Leaders and mayors representing Core Cities UK have met with the EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier this week. The Brussels meeting saw leaders of the 10 largest urban areas outside London discuss how the shared interests of their cities, local... more >

DHSC seeks views on addressing care workforce challenges

23.02.18: A consultation focusing on the adult social care workforce has been launched by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), in partnership with workforce development charity Skills for Care. The consultation will seek views on how to addre... more >

An unsettling finance settlement?

23.02.18: Piali Das Gupta, head of policy at Solace, looks over the final local government finance settlement and argues that it does not do enough to support struggling council services. The fortnight before Christmas has become a rather anxious tim... more >

Data protection by design

23.02.18: Nigel Houlden, head of technology policy at the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), looks at how organisations can win back public trust by fully understanding and acting on existing and upcoming cyber security regulations. There... more >

Finance settlement: a golden opportunity

23.02.18: The local government finance settlement must enable counties to continue to be the engines of the English economy by providing a fairer funding approach, says Philip Atkins, vice-chairman of the County Councils Network (CCN) and leader of Staffo... more >

Richard Leese: Making the apprenticeship levy a success

22.02.18: The government must listen to council proposals to improve the apprenticeship levy in order to maximise its potential, argues Cllr Sir Richard Leese, chair of the LGA’s City Regions Board and deputy mayor of Greater Manchester. When t... more >

Digital by design

22.02.18: Steve Skelton, head of policy at Stockport Council, outlines the local authority’s distinctly different approach to digital transformation. Stockport is changing. We’re reinvigorating our town centre through strong partnerships... more >

Council input can ‘really help’ social prescribing initiatives

22.02.18: For social prescribing schemes to work well, different sectors of health and social care services must work together with input from local councils, the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) has said. Chair of the college, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard... more >

Existing schemes prove strong ties between councils and NHS ‘would change everything’

22.02.18: The chance to build a strong partnership between local government and the NHS to the benefit of communities is “the greatest opportunity in 70 years” and would “change everything,” top healthcare leaders have claimed. ... more >

Hampshire leader: mayoral combined authority would ‘devastate’ services and divide county

22.02.18: Hampshire County Council remains “strongly opposed” to any arrangement that would split the county, the council leader has stated. In a letter to the county’s 11 district council leaders, Cllr Roy Perry has reiterated his stan... more >

Cash-strapped Northamptonshire warned budget proposals may be breaking the law

21.02.18: Auditors at KPMG have issued an advisory notice to the struggling Northamptonshire County Council warning that it should not sign off its proposed budget because it may be unlawful. The notice cautions that the proposals set out by the council... more >

‘Arrogant’ Welsh government should apologise and set a new tone

21.02.18: The Welsh government’s tone is too often “hectoring” and “arrogant,” the local government minister has stated. In a blog post, Alun Davies said that the government should apologise, change its approach, and join t... more >

Councils face 37 cyber-attacks a minute – but over half of breaches go unreported

21.02.18: UK councils have been hit by over 98 million cyber-attacks in the past five years, an investigation has revealed. An investigation by campaign group Big Brother Watch found that the extent of cyber security threats faced by councils amounts to... more >

Metro mayors call on PM to review criteria for allocation of housing funding

20.02.18: Four metro mayors have written an open letter to the prime minister calling for more investment in brownfield sites in their cities. Andy Burnham, mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Street, mayor of West Midlands, Steve Rotheram, mayor of the Li... more >

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An unsettling finance settlement?

23/02/2018An unsettling finance settlement?

Piali Das Gupta, head of policy at Solace, looks over the final local gover... more >
Finance settlement: a golden opportunity

23/02/2018Finance settlement: a golden opportunity

The local government finance settlement must enable counties to continue to... more >


BIM: Digitising the public sector

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Whole of government must act together to fulfil the ambition of the Industrial Strategy

11/12/2017Whole of government must act together to fulfil the ambition of the Industrial Strategy

Jen Rae, head of innovation policy at Nesta, says the aims in the government’s new Industrial Strategy are ambitious, but will require a shift in policymaking in order t... more >
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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 >