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China ban adds £500,000 in recycling contamination costs to councils

22.10.18: Tighter recycling contamination restrictions in the wake of China’s imported waste ban have directly hit at least a fifth of councils, the LGA has revealed. China’s restrictions on imports of mixed paper and certain types of pla... more >

New disqualification rules for people guilty of serious crimes serving in councils

22.10.18: Rules preventing people found guilty of serious crimes from serving on local councils will be strengthened after a public consultation, the government has announced. Local government minister Rishi Sunak announced the changes to rules that... more >

Council warns of 28% rise in council tax or mass job cuts needed to deliver services

22.10.18: Pembrokeshire is facing the prospect of a 28% rise in council tax or extensive job cuts to meet services after several warnings about the county council’s “grim” financial situation. Finance director Jon Haswell said the c... more >

Making good health a reality in Wigan

22.10.18: Wigan Borough Council is leading the way with its innovative approach to integrated health and care. We hear from the Healthier Wigan Partnership about the work they’ve been doing to improve people’s lives and transform their health... more >

The council of the future

22.10.18: Georgina Maratheftis, programme manager for local government at techUK, paints a picture of what the council of the future could look like – and just how we might get there. It’s a universally acknowledged truth that local gover... more >

Knowledge Quarter: the pieces of the jigsaw

22.10.18: Liverpool already boasts the best in class when it comes to innovation – but no city can rest on its laurels. Joe Anderson, the city’s mayor, talks about the ongoing development of the Knowledge Quarter Gateway. Knowledge is pow... more >

LGiU: Local government in Finland

22.10.18: Finland’s local government structure is going through a set of reforms as municipalities across the small Nordic nation continue to merge. Jonathan Carr-West, chief executive of the LGiU, and Suvi Loponen, LGiU associate, examine the local... more >

The doors of the powerhouse are open once again

22.10.18: Now in its second year, the People’s Powerhouse Conference promises to celebrate achievements and find new solutions to ensure better lives for all of those in the north. PSE’s Luana Salles looks ahead to November’s event. ... more >

CIPFA warns councils against exposing public money to risk in commercial property investment

19.10.18: Councils have been warned not to expose public funds to “unnecessary or unquantified risk” when borrowing to invest in commercial property in a statement from CIPFA. In a joint statement, CIPFA chief executive Rob Whiteman and R... more >

Council cash squeeze means country faces ‘no realistic prospect of progress’ for integrated care

19.10.18: The government is still “a long way” from achieving an effective strategy for integrated health and social care and progress has been blocked by a “council squeeze,” MPs say. In a report by the Public Accounts C... more >

Oxford housing plan to build ‘upwards’ approved by city council

19.10.18: Plans to build “upwards” for the first time in Oxford city centre in a bid to tackle a major shortage of housing have been approved by the city council. The new plans will focus on building more homes, including social housing a... more >

Council strips contract from NHS trusts and hands it to Virgin after High Court row

18.10.18: Lancashire County Council (LCC) has awarded a controversial £104m healthcare contract to Virgin Care for the second time after a hearing in the High Court ordered a re-evaluation of the decision. The contract to run LCC’s Health... more >

Twelve councils given first share of £400m fund to remove unsafe tower block cladding

18.10.18: The government has released the first £248m share of funding for councils to start removing unsafe cladding from their high-rise tower blocks. Twelve local authorities and 31 housing associations have been told that they will receive... more >

Nottingham council in HS2 partnership to deliver ‘once in a generation’ opportunity

18.10.18: Nottingham County Council has agreed to go into partnership with a regeneration specialist to prepare the region for the new East Midlands HS2 station. Nottinghamshire’s selection as the location of the East Midlands HS2 rail hub offe... more >

‘Rudderless’ Gloucester council in ‘crisis of leadership’ after fourth director quits

18.10.18: Gloucestershire County Council has been described as being “rudderless” and in a “crisis of leadership” after the resignation of its fourth director in a year. The strategic director for finance Jo Walker has announc... more >

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Making good health a reality in Wigan

22/10/2018Making good health a reality in Wigan

Wigan Borough Council is leading the way with its innovative approach to in... more >
Knowledge Quarter: the pieces of the jigsaw

22/10/2018Knowledge Quarter: the pieces of the jigsaw

Liverpool already boasts the best in class when it comes to innovation &nda... more >

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Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

15/10/2018Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

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The council of the future

22/10/2018The council of the future

Georgina Maratheftis, programme manager for local government at techUK, paints a picture of what the council of the future could look like – and just how we might get th... 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 >