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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 >

Parliament told to vote on boundary review as soon as possible

20.02.18: The House of Commons should vote as soon as possible on whether to continue with the parliamentary boundary review, the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) has argued. In its report, ‘Parliamentary boundary... more >

Half of all children in need of extra help experience or witness domestic violence

20.02.18: Half of all children assessed as “in need of extra help” by council protection teams have experienced or witnessed domestic violence, the LGA has warned. The Queen’s Speech saw the announcement of a comprehensive package of re... more >

Duncan Selbie: The energy of devolution

19.02.18: The NHS plays a part in keeping the country well – but when it comes to places and their people, local government has a major role to fulfil. PSE’s Luana Salles hears from Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Public Health England (PHE)... more >

Seven council staff members arrested in fraud investigation

19.02.18: Seven members of staff at Cardiff Council have been arrested on suspicion of fraud. A council spokesperson confirmed that eight people were arrested on Wednesday as part of the investigation, of which seven were council workers, who alleged... more >

Scottish councils demand money from government for future pay increases

19.02.18: Scottish councils have today asked for additional resources to pay for future public sector pay increases. The government in Scotland last year pledged to lift the unpopular 1% cap on public sector wages, and today Cosla, the local governme... more >

Sheffield council launches trial to use hydrogen vehicles in road maintenance fleet

19.02.18: A trial to use hydrogen-powered vans to carry out road works in Sheffield has been announced by the city’s council. The scheme will see Amey, which is delivering Sheffield City Council’s Streets Ahead programme to upgrade paveme... more >

Fixing the broken housing market

19.02.18: Joe Anderson, mayor of Liverpool and leader of Liverpool City Council, discusses how the authority’s newly formed company Foundations is working to improve the state of housing in the region. It’s hardly surprising that for the... more >

Lord Porter: Uncharted waters

19.02.18: Lord Porter CBE, chairman of the LGA, analyses the expected impact of the final local government finance settlement on councils of all shapes and sizes. This year looks set to be another busy and challenging year for local government with c... more >

Counties urge government to step in amid rocketing house prices

16.02.18: House prices in county areas have risen by three times the rate of those in London over the last year, prompting the County Councils Network (CCN) to call for greater powers to rural councils. The latest pricing figures show an increase of... more >

LGO disappointed with council’s response to family ‘injustice’

16.02.18: The Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) has today hit out at the Council of the Isles of Scilly for its belated response to a report highlighting injustices caused by the authority’s faults. The original complaint report was issued in Au... more >

Councils want power to push developers on 420,000 unbuilt homes

16.02.18: Councils have warned that more than 420,000 homes in England are still waiting to be built despite planning permission already being granted. The figures have risen since last year, with 60,000 more approved homes ready to be started. ... more >

Manchester council starts work on 40 new affordable homes

15.02.18: Work has started on a project that will see 40 new affordable rental homes delivered in north Manchester. The homes will be built with council funding and a £1.4m grant from the Homes England Affordable Homes Programme - the first time th... more >

Khan unveils £140m of landmark devolution funding

15.02.18: The Mayor of London has announced a £140m investment to boost the capital’s economy. The cash will go into a brand-new investment fund to support projects such as business space, transport infrastructure, and schemes to increase new... more >

Rising costs putting councils in 'serious difficulty' says Brighton and Hove boss

15.02.18: Brighton and Hove City Council will struggle without a change in national policy, its leader has warned. The council’s services cost almost £2.1m to run each day, and when the initial budget proposals for 2018-19 were released last... more >

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Lord Porter: Uncharted waters

19/02/2018Lord Porter: Uncharted waters

Lord Porter CBE, chairman of the LGA, analyses the expected impact of the f... more >
Fixing the broken housing market

19/02/2018Fixing the broken housing market

Joe Anderson, mayor of Liverpool and leader of Liverpool City Council, disc... more >

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19/02/2018BIM: 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 >