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Councils found more than £300m in fraud during 2017-18

16.10.18: UK councils detected or prevented a total of £302m in fraud in 2017-18, according to CIPFA. The organisation found that the number of fraud cases had increased compared to last year from 75,000 to 80,000, although the amount of money... more >

Former Westminster council pensions boss found guilty of £1m fraud

16.10.18: A former employee of Westminster City Council has been found guilty of stealing nearly £1m from the council pension fund. Ian Woodall, the former interim head of pensions and investments at the council, was yesterday convicted of one... more >

Protesters gather as councillors meet to discuss mass children’s centre closures

15.10.18: Demonstrators and parents have gathered outside County Hall in Norwich to protest against planned mass children’s centre closures as Norfolk County Council meet to discuss the proposals. The council is currently undergoing public cons... more >

'Pioneer' Wigan Council CEO announces retirement

15.10.18: The chief executive of Wigan Council Donna Hall CBE has announced her retirement, after winning national acclaim for forging a new model of local government during her eight years in charge. Politicians and senior figures from across the bo... more >

Study shows English councils suffering ‘territorial injustice’ from government spending cuts

15.10.18:  Research from Cambridge University has revealed that English councils have been hit twice as hard as councils in Scotland and Wales by spending cuts. The analysis found that local authorities in England have suffered an average spendi... more >

Inspiring leadership in social value

15.10.18: We have learned a lot since the last National Social Value Conference, with many organisations both in the public and private sectors now embedding social value into commissioning and procurement. Guy Battle, chief executive at Social Value Port... more >

What cities should become

15.10.18: Tom Leaver, project manager at Future Cities Catapult, examines the rationale behind the creation of the City Data Sharing Toolkit, and explores how this is driving a seismic shift in how cities evolve into our data-rich future. We’re... more >

Is fair funding possible, or pie in the sky?

15.10.18: David Phillips, associate director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, discusses the current health of local government finance, and how a better formula could help manage this situation. In recent months, my conversations with colleagues... more >

Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

15.10.18: On 6 September, the biggest decision-makers of the north joined forces to celebrate and debate how to drive innovation and improvement through the region in the first-ever Convention of the North. Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester an... more >

The Convention of the North

15.10.18: Steve Rotheram, mayor of the Liverpool City Region, discusses the findings of the very first Convention of the North, which was held in Newcastle on 6 September. The UK is the most politically centralised country in the Western world, and a... more >

Fracking to start in Lancashire after council wins High Court legal challenge

12.10.18: Fracking will restart in the UK for the first time in seven years on Saturday after campaigners lost a late legal challenge against Lancashire County Council (LCC). Cuadrilla said it was delighted to be given the go-ahead in High Court toda... more >

One Yorkshire: Leaders submit another devolution bid with promise of £30bn boost

12.10.18: Local leaders in Yorkshire have asked the government to assist with the delivery of a One Yorkshire devolution deal after a new study has revealed that there is a “coherent Yorkshire economy.” A devolution deal could reportedly... more >

Councils consider unitary bid in potential split from East Sussex local government

12.10.18: Eastbourne and Lewes councils have held talks about breaking away from the cash-strapped East Sussex County Council and forming an independent unitary authority. Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council have held an informal &l... more >

IfG: Unpopular funding reform decisions ahead as easiest council cuts have already been made

12.10.18: The easiest savings across the public sector have already been made and choices of where to cut corners are getting increasingly harder, meaning the government will soon have to face tough decisions on the future of public service financing. ... more >

State of Care: ‘The tipping point has already been reached’

11.10.18: This year’s CQC State of Care report has found that most people in England receive a good quality of care, but that, much like the situation last year, quality remains inconsistent and access to care is very much dependent on where you liv... more >

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Inspiring leadership in social value

15/10/2018Inspiring leadership in social value

We have learned a lot since the last National Social Value Conference, with... more >
Is fair funding possible, or pie in the sky?

15/10/2018Is fair funding possible, or pie in the sky?

David Phillips, associate director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, dis... more >

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Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

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

On 6 September, the biggest decision-makers of the north joined forces to c... more >

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What cities should become

15/10/2018What cities should become

Tom Leaver, project manager at Future Cities Catapult, examines the rationale behind the creation of the City Data Sharing Toolkit, and explores how this is driving a seismic ... 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 >