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Sport England announces £195m in coronavirus support funding

31.03.20: Sport England has announced today (Mar 31) that it will be making up £195m of funding to support the sport and physical activity sector during this crisis. It will consist of a £115m rollover of current funding into 2021/22 to g... more >

Business support: lessons learned from our start-up and productivity project

31.03.20: Source: PSE Feb/Mar Dr Melanie Smans is Economic Development Manager at South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils   The South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils Business and Innovatio... more >

Scheme launched for recipients of free school meals

31.03.20:  A new voucher scheme has been launched today (Mar 31) to protect families unable to claim their free school meals during school closures. The national voucher scheme will provide every child, eligible for free school meals, a weekly s... more >

Economic Resilience Fund worth £500m announced by Welsh Gov

30.03.20: First Minister of the Welsh Government Mark Drakeford has announced a new £500m fund today (Mar 30) to further support the Welsh economy. In addition to the wider economy, businesses and charities facing an unstable period or decline... more >

Second round of £10m Urban Tree Challenge Fund open

30.03.20: Round of the Urban Tree Challenge Fund opens today (Mar 30), which enables local councils and community groups to apply for a share of £10m to fund tree planting in urban areas. Opened by the Forestry Commission, the aim of the fund i... more >

GM Mayor announces £5m fund to protect rough sleepers

27.03.20: Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, has announced a £5m fund to house 1000 of the region’s most vulnerable people with immediate effect. Following a meeting of the Greater Manchester COVID-19 Emergency Committee, an &lsqu... more >

Firefighters given additional roles to support coronavirus crisis

27.03.20: In addition to their role responding to core emergencies, Firefighters will be able to deliver food and medicines, drive ambulances and retrieve dead bodies to provide additional support during the coronavirus crisis. A new and unprecedente... more >

New powers given to police to manage coronavirus spread

26.03.20: The Home Office has announced today (Mar 26) that new powers have been bestowed upon the UK police force to deal with the response to coronavirus. It comes in a bid to ensure people stay at home, and in doing so protect the NHS and save cou... more >

Manchester City Council set to deliver low-carbon affordable homes

26.03.20: Manchester City Council has announced today (Mar 26) that a partly-vacant brownfield site in the region is set for 100 low-carbon one and two bedroom apartments and 39 semi-detached family homes. The report, outlines that the 1.2ha of counc... more >

CIPFA responds to the £2.9bn funding for most vulnerable in society

26.03.20: Last week, the Government announced that £2.9bn of the £5bn COVID-19 fund announced the in the Chancellor’s budget will be spend on caring for the most vulnerable in society. The money will be spent on helping patients no... more >

Cambridge to lead £20m fight against spread of coronavirus

26.03.20: The University of Cambridge will be taking a major role in the fight against the coronavirus spread after it was announced that a £20m investment will allow for large-scale investigation into the cause of the virus. The national effor... more >

Free coronavirus messaging service launched by Government

25.03.20: The Government has launched a new WhatsApp information service today (Mar 25) to inform the public on the most recent coronavirus developments. Launched by the Department for Health and Social Care and Public Health England, the free servic... more >

LGA: Gov should ask retired care workers back to work

25.03.20: The Local Government Association (LGA) has urged the government to ask retired care workers to return to work. In a statement published today (Mar 25), the LGA highlighted the profound impact retired care workers could have on those most at... more >

Birmingham City Council calls for delay to Clean Air Zone

25.03.20: Birmingham City Council has addressed central government this week (Mar 23) calling for a delay to the launch of its Clean Air Zone. As regions across the country battle with Covid-19 restrictions, workers and residents in Birmingham are ne... more >

£500m Hardship Fund to provide council tax relief

24.03.20: The Local Government Secretary, Robert Jenrick MP has announced today (Mar 24) the confirmation of a £500m Hardship Fund that will provide council tax relief to those most affected by coronavirus. Vulnerable households who would other... more >

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Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Bei... more >
How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

19/06/2019How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

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What came first, the bad customer or the bad customer service?

17/03/2020What came first, the bad customer or the bad customer service?

Source: PSE Feb/March 20 Stephen Bahooshy, Senior Commissioning Manager and Nicky Selwyn, Carer and Service User Group Chair, Croydon Council.   Here it is... 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 >