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Benefits of blockchain

23.07.18: Jonny Voon, innovation lead for Internet of Things & distributed ledger at Innovate UK, talks us through the many benefits of blockchain technology and its potential to disrupt almost every industry in our economy – particularly the pu... more >

A quiet revolution

23.07.18: Paul Steinberg, lead commissioner of the London HIV Prevention Programme (LHPP), argues that the capital’s successful fight against HIV is a remarkable example of what can be achieved when local authorities work innovatively across boundar... more >

Industrial strategies: taking back control

23.07.18: The ‘place-based’ focus of the Industrial Strategy will be a significant step towards growing local economies alongside LEPs, writes Cllr Philip Atkins, County Councils Network (CCN) vice-chairman and leader of Staffordshire County C... more >

Keeping it simple

23.07.18: Jason Waterman, deputy director of disputes & policy implementation at the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), describes the benefits of the streamlined Public Sector Contract, which provides a much easier route into the market. “The... more >

Legislation on the way for £600m North of Tyne devolution deal

23.07.18: Plans for a historic devolution deal to “unlock the potential of the north” will be finalised by Theresa May today. The prime minister is to hold a Cabinet meeting in the north east for the first time to give further legal detai... more >

Mind the skills gap

23.07.18: Kathleen Henehan, research and policy analyst at the Resolution Foundation, examines the intergenerational and international skills gap faced by the UK, and looks at alternative ways into work than the A-Levels to graduate route.  The... more >

All children’s services in Merseyside councils need to improve, Ofsted says

23.07.18: Damning new data from children’s services regulator Ofsted shows that every council-run service in Merseyside is either inadequate or needs to improve. The statistics, released by the government body last week, showed that the five lo... more >

‘Annual scorecard’ for council finance outlines funding options post-2020

23.07.18: Reformed business rates, more flexible council taxation, and exploring new ways of allowing councils to access funds are amongst future plans for the LGiU’s annual scorecard. Released today, the think tank launched the ‘Local Fi... more >

District and borough authorities begin challenge against Nottinghamshire super-council

20.07.18: Gedling council members have emphatically outlined their stance against a potential mega-merger in Nottinghamshire that could see borough and district authorities being scrapped. Nottinghamshire County Council, who proceeded with a formal b... more >

Northamptonshire new CEO approved by Full Council to lead area through ‘unprecedented time of change’

20.07.18: Northamptonshire County Council’s new chief executive has been endorsed at the authority’s Full Council meeting yesterday, with the authority’s leader saying the new CEO “knows what she’s letting herself in for.&rdq... more >

‘Naming and shaming index’ for bankrupt councils fails to offer genuine solution

20.07.18: An index designed to measure councils’ financial resilience in order to avoid another Northamptonshire-style fiasco would actually risk oversimplifying complex issues without offering genuine solutions to authorities who are deemed to be f... more >

North west council to consider Court of Appeal decision on carer sleep-in payments

19.07.18: Cheshire East Council is to consider the implications of a Court of Appeal decision on sleep-in payments for carers. The announcement comes following a successful appeal by disabilities charity Mencap, which argued that a previous tribunal... more >

Haringey Council ditches £2bn housing partnership with private developer

19.07.18: Haringey Council has ditched plans for a £2bn collaboration with a property developer that could have brought over 6,000 homes to the area over the next 20 years. The council, who were labelled “negligent and in denial” ov... more >

Stronger powers granted to councils to tackle empty homes

19.07.18: Communities secretary James Brokenshire has officially granted councils across England with enhanced powers to charge greater tax premiums on empty homes following an amendment to a government bill. Councils will be allowed to triple the co... more >

One step closer to voter IDs at elections

19.07.18: Chloe Smith MP, Minister for the Constitution, evaluates the outcomes of the voter ID pilots conducted at the last local elections. We are one step closer to strengthening the integrity of our electoral system through requiring electors to... more >

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Benefits of blockchain

23/07/2018Benefits of blockchain

Jonny Voon, innovation lead for Internet of Things & distributed ledger... more >
Industrial strategies: taking back control

23/07/2018Industrial strategies: taking back control

The ‘place-based’ focus of the Industrial Strategy will be a si... more >

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One step closer to voter IDs at elections

19/07/2018One step closer to voter IDs at elections

Chloe Smith MP, Minister for the Constitution, evaluates the outcomes of the voter ID pilots conducted at the last local elections. We are one step closer to strengthenin... 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 >