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November too late for pay cap decision, GMB says

25.09.17: The GMB has criticised the government’s choice to defer the decision of ending the public sector pay cap until the Autumn Budget on 22 November, arguing that this is “too long to wait”. The pay cap has already seen public... more >

LGA: TfL Uber decision shows need for ‘urgent reform’ of outdated taxi laws

25.09.17: Councils have this week declared that outdated taxi laws need to be urgently reformed following Transport for London’s (TfL’s) decision to revoke taxi giant Uber’s trading license in the capital. TfL made the decision amid... more >

Districts ask to increase council tax by 2% to invest in prevention

25.09.17: District councils have today called on government to allow them to raise council tax by 2% to invest in prevention measures aimed at easing pressure on health and social care services. Ahead of Philip Hammond’s Autumn Statement, the D... more >

Councils falling short of preventive care obligations

22.09.17: Councils are failing to meet their obligations to prevent, reduce or delay the need for care as set out in the Care Act 2014. New research published by the Red Cross called ‘Prevention in Action 2017’ has found that although the... more >

Cheshire East faces police probe over tampering of air quality data

22.09.17: Cheshire East Council is to be investigated by police following allegations that air quality data collected by the local authority had been deliberately altered.   Back in August, the organisation apologised after incorrect statistics... more >

Almost all STP bodies reporting poor joint working

22.09.17: Significant concern has been raised about the progress of sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) today as new research found that almost none of the footprints are achieving joint working between local government and health organi... more >

Birmingham bin strikes called off following key High Court ruling

21.09.17: Strikes by refuse workers in Birmingham have this week been called off after the union won an important High Court ruling. Unite has called off the strike as a judge granted an interim injunction to stop Birmingham City Council handing redu... more >

IFS: Public sector faces recruitment chaos if pay cap is not dropped

21.09.17: The public sector will face major recruitment and retention issues if pay restraints, which are pushing wages to historically low levels, are continued by the government, experts have today warned. Publishing a report making the case for th... more >

Essex CC called in to fix ‘inadequate’ Worcestershire care services

21.09.17: Essex County Council has officially been appointed to make major improvements in the children’s social care services at Worcestershire County Council. At the start of the year, an Ofsted report rated the services for both looked-after... more >

‘Fundamental rethink’ on social housing needed as Javid brings forward green paper

20.09.17: A wide-ranging, top-to-bottom green paper on social housing is to be brought forward by the government, Sajid Javid has this week announced. Speaking at the National Housing Federation conference yesterday, the communities secretary vowed t... more >

Cost benefit analysis of government infrastructure ‘misused and poorly communicated’

20.09.17: The government must improve its system for valuing the costs and benefits of its infrastructure to improve the delivery of key projects, experts have today revealed.   In a report called, ‘How to value infrastructure: Improving c... more >

Birmingham recalls Improvement Panel following ‘serious setbacks’

20.09.17: Birmingham City Council’s improvement panel is to stay at the city, despite the authority telling the DCLG that it no longer required its services last month. The council had previously written to Sajid Javid to recommed that the pane... more >

Rules brought in to prevent convicted criminals serving in councils

19.09.17: New rules have been announced this week by local government minister Marcus Jones to stop people convicted of serious crimes from being able to serve on local councils. DCLG said that the changes are being brought in to ensure “those... more >

Liverpool CEO Ged Fitzgerald suspended by city council

19.09.17: Liverpool City Council has this week suspended its chief executive Ged Fitzgerald, the authority has announced. Back in May Fitzgerald “stepped aside” from his role due to financial irregularities into a £5m contract for s... more >

South Yorkshire devolution in doubt as councils clash over next steps

19.09.17: South Yorkshire’s devolution deal took a serious knock today after a statement from the Sheffield City Region (SCR) revealed that two councils, Barnsley and Doncaster MBC, have refused to back the plans. Though there has not yet been... more >

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14/08/2017Time for reflection

A lot has happened since the last edition of PSE was published. In particular, the snap general election delivered an astounding result that many of the pollsters and political experts could not have predicted when Theresa May initially called for it back in April. Chris Painter, Professor Emeritus at Birmingham City University, provides a fascinating analysis of the campaign, and assesses the aftermath of the election on pages 26-28. It is a must-read article.  During the... read more >