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Sponsored roundabouts policy earns Bradford Council £128k a year

14.08.19: Bradford Council’s policy of allowing businesses to pay for sponsorships of roundabouts and grass verges has seen the local authority bring in £128,000 a year. With business advertising now present on almost 70 highways verges a... more >

Council-owned solar farm generates £1.2m for frontline services

14.08.19: West Suffolk Council, through its local authority-owned solar farm, has raised more than £1.2m in funds to support frontline services in the past three years. The 12.4MW solar farm at Toggam Farm, in Lakenheath, is one of the largest... more >

TechnologyOne: Setting the foundation for shared service success

14.08.19: Anwen Robinson, UK Operating Officer at TechnologyOne - an enterprise SaaS company - explains why adopting an enterprise vision is key to long-term benefit Local government transformation is primarily driven by the need to find ef... more >

Birmingham City Council appoints interim CEO

12.08.19: Following the departure of its current chief executive, Birmingham City Council has announced Clive Heaphy will step up to take the helm as Interim CEO of the authority. Currently serving as chief financial officer, Heaphy will serve i... more >

Chancellor announces fast-tracked spending review ahead of Brexit

09.08.19: Chancellor Sajid Javid has announced a fast-tracked one-tear Spending Round to allow government departments to focus on delivering Brexit on 31 October. Javid said the spending round for 2020-21 will provide “financial certainty&rdquo... more >

Enfield council submits application for 2,300 homes in London

08.08.19: As part of its next phase of the £6bn Meridian Water scheme in north London, Enfield council have submitted plans for 2,300 new homes on the site. The application is the largest ever submitted to the local authority, and has been... more >

Thousands of new council homes part of 2040 Wales vision

08.08.19: A development vision for Wales by 2040 has outlined more urban living, and earmarked the building of thousands of new council homes. As part of the vision, a new planning framework – the National Development Framework – is... more >

Oxford City Council plans £200k bike facilities upgrade

08.08.19: Hundreds of new bike spaces could be built in Oxford city centre, as part of Oxford City Council’s £200,000 plan to improve the city’s cycling infrastructure. Consultants told the city council that 665 new spaces coul... more >

Portsmouth City Council buys £138m office complex

06.08.19: Lakeside North Harbour, a vast office complex in Portsmouth, has been purchased by the local City Council for £138m. The site, located in Cosham, now belongs to the local authority, with a loan set to be used to pay for the 120-acre s... more >

West Lothian Council appoints new head of housing

06.08.19: West Lothian Council have appointed Ann Marie Carr to serve as their new head of housing, customer and building services. Ms Carr has been serving in the role on an interim basis since December 2018, but is now set to take over the pos... more >

TechnologyOne: The shared services boom

06.08.19: Is austerity really over? Even if it is, that doesn’t mark the end of shared services for local government. Anwen Robinson, UK Operating Officer at TechnologyOne explains. In the 2018 Autumn statement, chancellor Philip Hamm... more >

LGA praises Brexit preparations funding announcement

05.08.19: The government’s recent announcement of additional funding to be secured for councils to assist them with Brexit preparations, particularly surrounding the possibility of a no-deal exit, has been welcomed by the Local Government Assoc... more >

£24m approved to tackle rush hour traffic in Wokingham

02.08.19: Road users in Wokingham are to benefit from a £24m investment to reduce congestion, boost employment and create opportunities for greener forms of travel. Roads Minister Baroness Vere has announced funding for a new 2.3 km A... more >

Local government secretary Robert Jenrick backs Midlands investment

01.08.19: Having been named the new ministerial champion for the Midlands Engine, local government secretary Robert Jenrick MP has confirmed he will lead ambitious plans to boost prosperity across the Midlands. The Midlands plays an essential role wi... more >

Tees Valley Mayor + Combined Authority control £29.5m budget

01.08.19: The Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority have officially taken control of an annual devolved budget of around £29.5m  to deliver adult education provision across the region. To mark the event, the Mayor visited Stockton... more >

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Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Bei... more >
How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

19/06/2019How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

Tom Chance, director at the National Community Land Trust Network, argues t... more >

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New rules to change the future of Social Value

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The government has announced the introduction of new rules to change the future of social value and make the way housing developers stump up the money for infrastructure both ... 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 >