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Newham council to set up commission into ‘astonishing failures’ amid £9m fraud allegations

15.01.19: Newham LBC is establishing a wide-ranging commission to review its financial management in the wake of “astonishing failures of system controls” in a £9m fraud claim against its repair division. The council’s mayor R... more >

Norfolk council proposes closing 38 children centres in updated proposal following backlash

15.01.19: Around 70% of children’s centres in Norfolk are set to close despite major opposition to the closures, with Norfolk County Council now proposing to shut eight less centres than originally planned. Norfolk County Council has stated it... more >

Greater oversight of local governance needed as NAO slams government’s lack of transparency

15.01.19: Oversight of local governance systems must be improved by the government to help councils cope with increasing financial and demand pressures, according to the National Audit Office (NAO). The report found significant failings with the gove... more >

Bus franchising is the biggest power new mayors have - they should use it

15.01.19: It will face opposition at first, but transitioning to a system of bus franchising is the best and only option to truly modernise transport systems across our city regions, argues Luke Raikes, senior research fellow at IPPR North. England&r... more >

Government accountability: A year in crises

15.01.19: From Windrush to Univerisal Credit: the Institute for Government’s (IfG’s) accountability lead Benoit Guerin discusses how we can avert future government blunders and improve public accountability. This past year was marked by s... more >

Rethinking public-private partnerships

15.01.19: Trinley Walker, senior policy researcher at the New Local Government Network (NLGN) considers some different ways of approaching the relationships between the public and private sectors. The private sector’s role in the delivery of pu... more >

Durham Tees Valley Airport likely to close without council backing of mayor Houchen’s £40m ‘vanity project’

14.01.19: Ben Houchen and the owner of Durham Tees Valley Airport have warned it will likely close if the Tees Valley mayor’s takeover plan is rejected in two weeks’ time. In launching a bid to gather support for the controversial propose... more >

Government sets out increased pension protection for outsourced council workers

14.01.19: Local government workers whose jobs have been outsourced will receive increased pension protections and will remain in the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) under new proposals published today. Under the government proposals, employers... more >

Southend council to gamble £20m on commercial property purchases in bid to replace government funding cuts

14.01.19: Southend council has put forward plans to stake £20m of its budget on the property market in order to replace the lost funding from central government. In its draft budget proposal for 2019-20, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council unveiled... more >

Aberdeen councillor suspended from party following sexual harassment complaint

11.01.19: The Scottish Conservative party has suspended Aberdeen City Council’s depute provost following a police investigation into a sexual harassment allegation made against the councillor. The party announced that Alan Donnelly, who represe... more >

Kensington and Chelsea RBC commits £50m to Grenfell survivors alongside new recovery strategy

11.01.19: Kensington and Chelsea Royal Borough Council has agreed to put £50m funding into recovery services for those worst affected by Grenfell fire over the next five years. An overarching Grenfell Recovery Strategy has also been approved by... more >

City and county councils clash over ‘unlawful’ location of new headquarters

11.01.19: Solicitors acting on behalf of the City of Durham Parish Council have written to Durham County Council to go against the authority’s “unlawful” plans to build a new headquarters in the city. In an announcement this week, S... more >

Bournemouth boss redundancy to cost £475,000 ahead of planned merger

10.01.19: The redundancy of Bournemouth Borough Council’s managing director ahead of a planned merger of Dorset councils will cost around £475,000. Two new unitary authorities will replace the county’s nine councils in April, but Bo... more >

Government funding settlement leaves Highland Council facing huge £30m black hole

10.01.19: Highland Council has warned that a sweeping set of savings are needed after a large reduction in government grant funding means the local authority is facing a £31.2m budget gap for 2019-20. The council’s bosses have warned it f... more >

‘Don’t cry when things go wrong’: NAO finds ‘unacceptable’ levels of financial weakness across public bodies

10.01.19: An “unacceptably high” number of public bodies have significant financial weaknesses and are failing to provide taxpayers with value for money, Whitehall’s spending watchdog has warned. Of nearly 1,000 councils, NHS, polic... more >

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Government accountability: A year in crises

15/01/2019Government accountability: A year in crises

From Windrush to Univerisal Credit: the Institute for Government’s (I... more >
Rethinking public-private partnerships

15/01/2019Rethinking public-private partnerships

Trinley Walker, senior policy researcher at the New Local Government Networ... more >

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17/12/2018Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

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Bus franchising is the biggest power new mayors have - they should use it

15/01/2019Bus franchising is the biggest power new mayors have - they should use it

It will face opposition at first, but transitioning to a system of bus franchising is the best and only option to truly modernise transport systems across our city regions, ar... 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 >