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Government backs Northamptonshire unitary authorities with one-year delay and separate children’s services trust

15.05.19: The government has formally approved the formation of two new unitary councils in Northamptonshire in 2021, a year later than first planned, also confirming the abolishment of the county council and seven district and borough councils. Comm... more >

Introduce ‘smart bins’ and hand out tax cuts to drive up recycling, urges think tank

13.05.19: Local authorities should use a new generation of “smart bins” and council tax cuts to drive up household recycling rates, a think tank’s new report has recommended. Bins fitted with sensors could record household recycling... more >

Councils to be placed under legal duty to house victims of domestic abuse

13.05.19: Councils are to be given a legal duty to provide “safe houses” for victims of domestic abuse and their children, under new plans announced by the prime minister. Theresa May announced the new policy, backed by government funding... more >

Councils get £30m boost to look after asylum seeking children

10.05.19: The government has announced a £30m funding boost for councils looking after unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) following warnings that minors are being “left in limbo.” Immigration minister Caroline Nokes reveal... more >

New emergency services radio system to be at least £3bn overbudget and three years late as Home Office failings blasted by NAO

10.05.19: An overhaul of the communications system used by the UK’s emergency services will be at least £3bn overbudget and three years late, a report from the National Audit Office (NAO) has revealed. The Emergency Services Network was c... more >

Government agrees to £30m a year South Yorkshire devolution deal

09.05.19: The government has given the go-ahead for the South Yorkshire devolution deal following a “breakthrough” in March in the stalled £30m a year deal for the Sheffield City Region. After “years of impasse”, the fou... more >

Newham Council to save £143m after terminating risky LOBO loans with NatWest

08.05.19: Newham Council has reached a deal with NatWest to terminate a number of controversial LOBO bank-loans which will see the authority save up to £143m. The termination agreement will allow the council to pay off the lender-option, borrow... more >

First ever North of Tyne mayor takes office and promises ‘green new deal’

08.05.19: Jamie Driscoll has been named as the first ever mayor for the North of Tyne, and declared a climate emergency in his first day in charge of the newly formed combined authority. The Labour candidate defeated his closest rival, Conservative&r... more >

Labour deputy calls for government inquiry into council’s planned library closures

07.05.19: The deputy leader of the Labour Party has written to the government calling for an inquiry into Essex County Council’s planned library closures. The authority plans on “drastically” reducing its services from 74 to 30 in o... more >

Hinds turns to headteachers for views on how to solve children’s SEND funding crisis

03.05.19: The education secretary has turned to headteachers, schools and local authorities for fresh views on children’s special needs funding after admitting schools are facing “knock-on-pressure” due to sky-rocketing demand. Spea... more >

Scottish council paid out £7m to terminate PFI waste deal

03.05.19: Dumfries and Galloway Council paid out nearly £6.9m to terminate a private finance initiative (PFI) waste deal with a private contractor. The Scottish local authority entered into a 25-year PFI contract to deliver its waste services i... more >

Sandwell Council staff call off strike action after substantial pay rise agreed

02.05.19: The lowest-paid workers at Sandwell Council have called-off strike action after securing a ‘substantial wage rise’ following a dispute over job grading. The customer service assistants employed at the council were due to begin i... more >

Scottish Government faces ‘significant challenge’ in delivering new devolved welfare benefits, says auditor

02.05.19: The government has “no clear picture” of what is needed to deliver further devolved welfare benefits in Scotland and faces a “significant challenge” in the next stage of the devolution of powers, the national spending wat... more >

‘Starved’ children’s services need £3bn funding as cuts push councils to ‘breaking point’, say MPs

01.05.19: Children’s services in England are at “breaking point” and need a minimum funding boost of at least £3.1bn funding boost to cope with demand, MPs have warned in a parliamentary report. The Housing, Communities and Lo... more >

Dudley Council appoints new chief executive from Wolverhampton

01.05.19: Dudley Council has appointed a new chief executive to replace the outgoing leader who leaves in June to join Barnsley Council. Kevin O’Keefe will take over the top job at Dudley Council after leaving his current post as director of go... 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 >