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Government must encourage council scrutiny ‘culture change’

15.12.17: The government has to encourage a culture change within local councils in order to improve the quality of overview and scrutiny plans. The Communities and Local Government Commons Select Committee found that scrutiny is not always independe... more >

London council to cut sick pay in cash-saving bid

15.12.17: A London council has proposed to stop paying sick pay for the first three days in a bid to save money. The GMB has called Hillingdon Council’s proposal an “affront to its hard-working employees.” Keith Williams, GMB’s... more >

Burnham announces major 2018 GMCA transport overhaul

14.12.17: The mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has announced a major overhaul of the region’s transport network. Burnham said problems with transport in the north could “no longer be ignored” as he announced the creation o... more >

London councils call on Whitehall to urgently expand homelessness services

14.12.17: London Councils has called on the government to enable London boroughs to boost their homeless services. The group, which represents the 32 London boroughs and the City of London, wants to see the government properly fund the expansion of their... more >

Dorset council merger strengthened as authority withdraws opposition

14.12.17: Purbeck District Council is to withdraw its opposition to the reorganisation of Dorset’s councils. This week the council has agreed to write to Sajid Javid, communities and local government secretary, to inform him of its decision. The... more >

Devolve more powers to town and parish councils, argues Gywnne

14.12.17: Devolution needs to start from the bottom up, Andrew Gwynne has argued. Speaking at the National Association of Local Councils conference yesterday, Labour’s shadow communities and local government secretary explained that it is his belie... more >

Staff are ‘weakest link’ in cyber security, expert warns

14.12.17: The human error of council employees is a major threat to data security, an expert has warned. Speaking at the National Association of Local Councils’ conference yesterday, Andy Hall, cyber and technology specialist, said that over half o... more >

Are we taking a risk on education?

14.12.17: Adrian Prandle, director of economic strategy and negotiations at the National Education Union (NEU), questions the stark lack of announcements around education funding and staffing in this year’s Autumn Budget. Back in July, educatio... more >

Driving inclusive growth in the West Midlands

14.12.17: PSE’s Josh Mines reports from the Social Value Conference 2017, where mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street explained how social value is benefitting his region. One of the values behind the combined authorities that have been set up... more >

Introducing the Facilities Management Marketplace

14.12.17: The new Facilities Management (FM) Marketplace will be an opportunity to streamline the process of buying key services whilst propping up new entrants and SMEs, writes John Kenny, head of workplace, commercial specialist (FM and Property) at the... more >

Meet Pepper, the social care robot

14.12.17: Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has become the country’s first local authority to fully exploit the benefits of robotics in social care by introducing an unconventional new staff member to its team, reveals Sharon Houlden, its director of... more >

Quality, not quantity, is what matters

14.12.17: Luke Sibieta, research fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Education Policy Institute, takes a look at the impact of the apprenticeship levy so far since its introduction in May. From May this year, all large employers have h... more >

The King’s Fund Annual Conference 2017: looking to the future

14.12.17: PSE’s Seamus McDonnell reports from the King’s Fund Annual Conference 2017 in London, which covered the latest developments in integration, prevention, and the future of health and social care during 29-30 November. Against the... more >

‘Safety being jeopardised’ as care cuts to leave many stranded in hospital at Christmas

13.12.17: A lack of appropriate social care funding will see at least 1,400 people with dementia stuck in hospital over the Christmas period, despite being well enough to go home. Research from the Alzheimer’s Society shows dementia patients wi... more >

Figures show councils must buy new homes or RTB will ‘grind to a halt’

13.12.17: Today’s Right to Buy figures, released by the government, underline the need for authorities to be allowed to borrow more money to build and buy homes. The LGA has also once again said that councils need to be able to keep 100% of rec... more >

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Introducing the Facilities Management Marketplace

14/12/2017Introducing the Facilities Management Marketplace

The new Facilities Management (FM) Marketplace will be an opportunity to st... more >
Meet Pepper, the social care robot

14/12/2017Meet Pepper, the social care robot

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has become the country’s first local ... more >

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Are we taking a risk on education?

14/12/2017Are we taking a risk on education?

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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 >