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Council to spend £4m investigating senior officers who gave themselves 20% wage rise during pay freeze

14.12.18: A council has agreed to allocate nearly an extra £250,000 to an investigation looking into alleged pay rises given to senior officers. Labour, Plaid Cymru, and Independent members at Caerphilly Council agreed to go ahead with the extr... more >

Fife Council scraps controversial P1 assessments despite harsh government opposition

14.12.18: Fife Council has announced that it will be scrapping the controversial standardised P1 assessments at the end of the current academic year. At an authority meeting yesterday, councillors agreed to withdraw from the P1 Scottish National Stan... more >

Government commissioner allows Wakefield Council to retain full control of services

14.12.18: Almost four months after Ofsted inspectors identified “serious and widespread failures” across Wakefield’s children’s services, it has today been announced that the council will be able to retain full control of its portf... more >

Local government finance settlement: short-term needs met with 2.4% boost

13.12.18: The annual local government finance settlement shows that the government has recognised short-term pressures facing local government — but it is yet to solve medium to long-term financial demands burdening authorities around the UK, accord... more >

Oxford council owes balanced budget to its wholly-owned public services company

13.12.18: Oxford City Council has owed its fully balanced four-year budget proposal – which is better than many other local authorities up and down the country which have been forced to make often drastic cuts to services – to its approach to... more >

Salisbury City Council leader steps down due to job’s impact on personal life

13.12.18: The leader of Salisbury City Council is to step down from the role citing the job’s impact on his personal life behind the decision. Cllr Matthew Dean, who has been in the role since April 2017 and leader of the Conservative group for... more >

Core council spending ‘taken a hit’ from ‘smoke and mirrors’ Scottish Budget, but Brexit may force changes

13.12.18: Finance secretary Derek Mackay has unveiled a series of cash injections for Scotland’s public services, with preparations for Brexit at the heart of the government’s spending plans. Mackay yesterday revealed the Budget proposals... more >

Approach to failures in local government needs ‘thorough rethink’

12.12.18: Methods of addressing failure in local government are “no longer fit for purpose” and need a major shift in approach to ensure struggling councils don’t end up making their situations worse, think tanks have warned. Accord... more >

A third of total government spending on external contractors is ‘risky,’ IfG research finds

12.12.18: The government is spending £284bn, almost a third of its total spending, with external contractors, a new report by Institute for Government (IfG) has revealed. The new report states that four government departments – the Minist... more >

Christchurch councillors split over need to contribute £420,000 towards unwanted merger costs

12.12.18: Christchurch Borough Council, the local authority that had been fighting tooth and nail against a planned government shake-up in Dorset, will have to decide whether to contribute more than £420,000 from unallocated reserves to the very ref... more >

Blog: 5 minutes with Gary Wallis-Clarke, member of the Northern Powerhouse Education and Skills Group

12.12.18: Ahead of the upcoming networking extravaganza EvoNorth, we caught up with Gary Wallis-Clarke, a member of the Northern Powerhouse Education and Skills group, executive headteacher at West Jesmond Primary school, and its national leader of e... more >

Leeds to scrap over 70 jobs despite boosting pay above real living wage

11.12.18: Leeds City Council announced plans to cut 74 full-time staff and a 3.99% tax hike as it faces a £24.3m budget deficit in 2019-20. The local authority has published a raft of cuts in its latest budget proposals as it faces rising deman... more >

Liverpool mayor quits Northern Powerhouse Partnership claiming government ‘isn’t prepared to listen’

11.12.18: The mayor of Liverpool has quit the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP), arguing he no longer sees the point of the body, and claimed it was “set up by a government which isn’t prepared to listen.” Joe Anderson took to T... more >

Nottinghamshire County Council structure reshuffle halted in face of criticism

11.12.18: Plans to reorganise the structure of Nottinghamshire County Council into a unitary authority have been shelved, the council’s leader has announced today. Cllr Kay Cutts, leader of the authority, previously threw her support behind the... more >

‘Bodies may be uncollected’: No-deal Brexit chaos could see council staff work from home for months

10.12.18: Bodies will remain uncollected and council staff may be forced to work from home for six months due to gridlocked roads in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Kent County Council has warned. In a damning report, Kent CC said that refuse would fi... 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 >