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Sheffield City Region announces major housing pilot

23.11.17: Sheffield City Region (SCR) will begin to assess applications for new housing schemes as part of an £8m pilot project across the area. The Housing Fund closed applications last week after receiving a high number of proposals for new p... more >

London council to launch ‘ethical debt collection’ for residents

23.11.17: Hammersmith and Fulham Council (H & F) have launched “ethical debt collections” service in a bid to reduce costs to residents. The council are working with a private firm on the joint venture, setting out to both improve the... more >

Council told to reimburse Suffolk woman charged for care she never received

23.11.17: Suffolk County Council has been hit by criticism from the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) after a woman was wrongly charged for care she never received. Care providers, arranged by the council, incorrectly logged hours of a... more >

Business rates announcement does not solve council funding uncertainty

22.11.17: The government has announced that business rates will be reduced by changing the basis from the Retail Price Index (RPI) to the lower Consumer Price Index (CPI). Originally the switch was set for 2020 but plans have been brought forward by... more >

Khan attacks Hammond, describing Budget as ‘most anti-London in a generation’

22.11.17: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has attacked Philip Hammond’s Budget, calling it the “most anti-London Budget in a generation.” In a furious statement, Khan criticised the chancellor’s failure to announce any new policing... more >

Raft of new housing measures ‘sadly fall short’ of council need

22.11.17: First-time house-buyers will no longer have to pay stamp duty on the first £300,000 of a home’s value, chancellor Philip Hammond has announced in today’s Autumn Budget as part of a raft of new housing measures. The move co... more >

Government releases £1.5bn to support roll-out of UC in Budget U-Turn

22.11.17: The chancellor has today U-Turned on the controversial Universal Credit policy, as he announced a £1.5bn package that will be used to deal with issues created by the roll-out. In particular, the fund will be put towards cutting down t... more >

Second devo deal for West Midlands approved as more finally on the way

22.11.17: The government has agreed a second devolution deal “in principle” with the West Midlands mayor and combined authority to address local productivity barriers, and has also committed to looking into further devo deals across the countr... more >

Pay cap has taken £8.5bn from the public sector this year

21.11.17: Union bosses have warned that a total of £48bn has been taken from public sector pay wage budgets since the government took over in 2010, with £8.5bn this year. Research by the TUC shows that England’s 50 poorest parliamen... more >

Javid hints at non-mayoral combined authorities

21.11.17: Communities minister Sajid Javid has spoken of the potential for new combined authorities to be set up in the future which do not have a single mayor. Speaking at the County Councils Network (CCN) conference yesterday, Javid mentioned the p... more >

Mounting pressures lead councils to overspend on social care by £21bn

21.11.17: Over half of councils are expected to overspend on their adult social care budgets this year, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) has claimed. With each council exceeding their budgets by up to almost £21m, ADASS... more >

Funding inequalities could destroy public services in rural areas

20.11.17: Central government funding per resident in county authorities was almost 50% below large cities last year, with councils saying the situation could quickly deteriorate, new research released today by the County Council Network (CCN) has found. ... more >

Major growth investment includes £1.7bn city transport fund

20.11.17: The government has today announced that it will release £1.7bn of extra funding for cities ahead of Wednesday’s Budget. Prime minister Theresa May made the announcement, which includes £250m for the West Midlands region to... more >

Counties and districts clash over suggestion to scrap two-tier authorities

20.11.17: A report suggesting that scrapping district councils could save £2.9bn a year has prompted anger from the District Councils Network (DCN). Research, carried out by independent think-tank ResPublica, has suggested that a switch away fr... more >

Government quietly pushes back social care green paper to summer 2018

17.11.17: The government has quietly delayed publication of its much-anticipated social care green paper. The document, which was initially expected this autumn, will now be published by summer 2018, first secretary Damian Green has said in a written sta... more >

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City-centric, deeply disappointing and a nightmare – criticisms pile against the Budget

22/11/2017City-centric, deeply disappointing and a nightmare – criticisms pile against the Budget

It’s been a busy day in the PSE office. Philip Hammond’s Autumn Budget included a number of interesting announcements, ranging from new devolution deals and housin... 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 >