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Inquiry launched into technological innovations for climate change

09.04.20: The Environmental Audit Committee has launched an inquiry (Apr 6) into the role British innovation has to play in tackling climate change, with particular focus on offshore wind. Specific technology currently in use or in development will b... more >

NHSX partners with tech firms to reduce social isolation

09.04.20: A new partnership between NHSX and technology firms is helping vulnerable care home residents to connect with their loved ones during this period of isolation. The ability to communicate with friends and family can provide vital emotional s... more >

Covid-19 Welfare Platform helping the most vulnerable

08.04.20: Fast-growing digital provider, Priority Digital Health, have developed and launched a new platform in response to the COVID-19 crisis - within the space of week. The Covid-19 Welfare platform, designed by the Cambridge-based firm, enables t... more >

Manchester mayor to offer free Metrolink to NHS and healthcare staff

08.04.20: Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham announced today (Apr 8) in his weekly virtual press conference his plans to provide free tram travel for NHS staff and social care workers, as a thank you for their service during the coronaviru... more >

London Councils: Stepping up to the Covid-19 challenge

08.04.20: Source: PSE Apr/May Cllr Peter John OBE – Chair of London Councils As the complex, long-term challenge of the global COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, London borough councillors and officers are working night and day to protect and supp... more >

DASA launches £1m fund as ‘call for innovation’ to tackle Covid-19

08.04.20: The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) has launched a £1m fund today (Apr 8) to ‘fast-track innovation’ in helping the Armed Forces in the fight against coronavirus. The opportunity, launched with support from the Def... more >

Energy Efficient Homes - Housing Minister Christopher Pincher

07.04.20: Source: PSE Apr/May 20   The need for energy efficient homes In 2019, the Government became the first major global economy to sign a commitment to net-zero emissions into law. And this year the United Kingdom is hosting the U... more >

Women’s Aid launches ‘Lockdown’ campaign amid coronavirus

07.04.20: National domestic abuse charity, Women’s Aid, has launched a campaign today (Apr 7) to highlight risks of abuse during coronavirus lockdown. The campaign, ‘The Lockdown’ aims to raise awareness of the added dangers of dome... more >

Nottingham City Council seeks 1,600 new care workers

07.04.20: Nottingham City Council is recruiting 1,600 new care workers to support vulnerable people in the community during the coronavirus crisis. The Council is calling on people in its region to come forward and take on a new role as an essential... more >

Cabinet Office moves to further protect suppliers after coronavirus

07.04.20: A new Procurement Policy Note (PPN) has been published by the Cabinet Office to further protect suppliers during and after the coronavirus outbreak. Under this new PPN, contracting authorities must take action with immediate effect to ensur... more >

New procurement guidance to ease cash flow pressures on suppliers

06.04.20: In response to the Covid-19 crisis, the Cabinet Office has actioned an immediate change to the use of procurement cards, to improve organisations’ efficiency and ensure payments are made alongside robust controls. The additional press... more >

Hackney Council now using 100% renewable electricity

06.04.20: Hackney Council has announced that 100% of its electricity is now supplied by renewable sources. The change, which came into effect last week, is part of the council’s action plan to reduce carbon emissions and tackle climate change. ... more >

£20m tech fund to boost UK resilience following coronavirus

03.04.20: A funding package worth £20m has been announced by Government today (Apr 3) to help businesses boost the UK’s resilience to the long-term impact of coronavirus and similar future situations. Technology businesses will be able to... more >

Local authorities given new powers for virtual public meetings

03.04.20: Local authorities across England have been given new powers to enable virtual public meetings using video or telephone conferencing technology. From tomorrow (Apr 4) the new powers will come into play and local councils will be able to hold... more >

Food redistribution to benefit from £3m cash support

03.04.20: The Government has announced a £3.25m fund to support organisations redistributing food across England during the coronavirus outbreak. The funding will be used to help redistribute up to 14,000 tonnes of surplus stock and minimise fo... 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

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Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

17/12/2018Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

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What came first, the bad customer or the bad customer service?

17/03/2020What came first, the bad customer or the bad customer service?

Source: PSE Feb/March 20 Stephen Bahooshy, Senior Commissioning Manager and Nicky Selwyn, Carer and Service User Group Chair, Croydon Council.   Here it is... 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 >