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Richard Leese: Making the apprenticeship levy a success

22.02.18: The government must listen to council proposals to improve the apprenticeship levy in order to maximise its potential, argues Cllr Sir Richard Leese, chair of the LGA’s City Regions Board and deputy mayor of Greater Manchester. When t... more >

Digital by design

22.02.18: Steve Skelton, head of policy at Stockport Council, outlines the local authority’s distinctly different approach to digital transformation. Stockport is changing. We’re reinvigorating our town centre through strong partnerships... more >

Council input can ‘really help’ social prescribing initiatives

22.02.18: For social prescribing schemes to work well, different sectors of health and social care services must work together with input from local councils, the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) has said. Chair of the college, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard... more >

Existing schemes prove strong ties between councils and NHS ‘would change everything’

22.02.18: The chance to build a strong partnership between local government and the NHS to the benefit of communities is “the greatest opportunity in 70 years” and would “change everything,” top healthcare leaders have claimed. ... more >

Hampshire leader: mayoral combined authority would ‘devastate’ services and divide county

22.02.18: Hampshire County Council remains “strongly opposed” to any arrangement that would split the county, the council leader has stated. In a letter to the county’s 11 district council leaders, Cllr Roy Perry has reiterated his stan... more >

Cash-strapped Northamptonshire warned budget proposals may be breaking the law

21.02.18: Auditors at KPMG have issued an advisory notice to the struggling Northamptonshire County Council warning that it should not sign off its proposed budget because it may be unlawful. The notice cautions that the proposals set out by the council... more >

‘Arrogant’ Welsh government should apologise and set a new tone

21.02.18: The Welsh government’s tone is too often “hectoring” and “arrogant,” the local government minister has stated. In a blog post, Alun Davies said that the government should apologise, change its approach, and join t... more >

Councils face 37 cyber-attacks a minute – but over half of breaches go unreported

21.02.18: UK councils have been hit by over 98 million cyber-attacks in the past five years, an investigation has revealed. An investigation by campaign group Big Brother Watch found that the extent of cyber security threats faced by councils amounts to... more >

Metro mayors call on PM to review criteria for allocation of housing funding

20.02.18: Four metro mayors have written an open letter to the prime minister calling for more investment in brownfield sites in their cities. Andy Burnham, mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Street, mayor of West Midlands, Steve Rotheram, mayor of the Li... more >

Parliament told to vote on boundary review as soon as possible

20.02.18: The House of Commons should vote as soon as possible on whether to continue with the parliamentary boundary review, the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) has argued. In its report, ‘Parliamentary boundary... more >

Half of all children in need of extra help experience or witness domestic violence

20.02.18: Half of all children assessed as “in need of extra help” by council protection teams have experienced or witnessed domestic violence, the LGA has warned. The Queen’s Speech saw the announcement of a comprehensive package of re... more >

Duncan Selbie: The energy of devolution

19.02.18: The NHS plays a part in keeping the country well – but when it comes to places and their people, local government has a major role to fulfil. PSE’s Luana Salles hears from Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Public Health England (PHE)... more >

Seven council staff members arrested in fraud investigation

19.02.18: Seven members of staff at Cardiff Council have been arrested on suspicion of fraud. A council spokesperson confirmed that eight people were arrested on Wednesday as part of the investigation, of which seven were council workers, who alleged... more >

Scottish councils demand money from government for future pay increases

19.02.18: Scottish councils have today asked for additional resources to pay for future public sector pay increases. The government in Scotland last year pledged to lift the unpopular 1% cap on public sector wages, and today Cosla, the local governme... more >

Sheffield council launches trial to use hydrogen vehicles in road maintenance fleet

19.02.18: A trial to use hydrogen-powered vans to carry out road works in Sheffield has been announced by the city’s council. The scheme will see Amey, which is delivering Sheffield City Council’s Streets Ahead programme to upgrade paveme... more >

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Following the recent Grenfell Tower tragedy, Lord Porter, chairman of the LGA, argues that if the public are going to have faith in the safety testing process then everything must be out in the open more > more last word articles >

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Citizen-centric cities for a better tomorrow

22/02/2018Citizen-centric cities for a better tomorrow

Mark Collin, group director of Ventures at ThoughtWorks, discusses how... more >
Richard Leese: Making the apprenticeship levy a success

22/02/2018Richard Leese: Making the apprenticeship levy a success

The government must listen to council proposals to improve the apprenticesh... more >

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BIM: Digitising the public sector

19/02/2018BIM: Digitising the public sector

PSE’s Josh Mines talks to Stephen Crompton, CTO at GroupBC, and Stuar... more >

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Whole of government must act together to fulfil the ambition of the Industrial Strategy

11/12/2017Whole of government must act together to fulfil the ambition of the Industrial Strategy

Jen Rae, head of innovation policy at Nesta, says the aims in the government’s new Industrial Strategy are ambitious, but will require a shift in policymaking in order t... 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 >