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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 >

Huge London health devolution deal will focus on asset sell-off

17.11.17: A deal to give London unprecedented devolved powers over health and care has been signed by officials today. The agreement includes calls for the NHS to sell off unused land and buildings in the capital and reinvest the money in community a... more >

‘Long overdue’ council pay rise to cost Treasury just half of original estimate

17.11.17: Higher council employee wages would save the Treasury money, Unison has claimed. New research published by the major union has argued that the government would save half of the cost of the pay rise called for in the 2018 pay claim put to the LG... more >

Justify your lack of housing plans or face intervention, Javid tells 15 councils

17.11.17: Communities secretary Sajid Javid has written to the leaders of 15 local authorities that have failed to produce a Local Plan, as required by the housing white paper. The white paper, 'Fixing our broken housing market', published in February, r... more >

Counties slam ‘secret and underhand’ city council boundary takeover plot

17.11.17: Nottingham and Derby city councils have been accused of “secret and underhand” plans to expand their boundaries without proper consultation with residents or other authorities. The concerns have come from the leaders of Nottinghamsh... more >

LGA: Government must speed up devolution to fight funding mayhem

16.11.17: Councils have urged the government to speed up the devolution process and counteract the spread of funding coming from over 70 different centralised sources. The LGA said individual localised funding pots would create much less confusion an... more >

Somerset council plans to cut 300 jobs over next two years

16.11.17: Bath and North East Somerset Council (BNES) announced it needs to make £16m of savings over the next two years due to government funding cuts and rising demand. Its staff have been informed that 15% of the 2,000-strong workforce will... more >

Housing associations classified as private in bid to fix market’s ‘many faults’

16.11.17: The government will reclassify housing associations as private organisations in an attempt to encourage further borrowing and increase housebuilding in the country. Debt related to these bodies – which could be as high as £70bn... more >

Private giant government lead named new Surrey council CEO

16.11.17: Surrey County Council has announced a new chief executive, joining the authority from private-sector giant KPMG. Joanna Killian, former Essex County Council chief, will be subject to Full Council approval before taking over the organisation... more >

‘Victorian’ housing laws ‘in a mess’, post-Grenfell study finds

15.11.17: Outdated housing laws are old, with variable enforcement, and in “desperate need” of reform, a report commissioned by influential charity Shelter has concluded. The report, ‘Closing the gaps: Health and safety in the home,&rsq... more >

Give us cash to pave way for long-term finance reform, councils say

15.11.17: London Councils has called for local services to be properly funded in order to “pave the way” for long-term finance reform ahead of next week’s Autumn Budget. By 2020 it is expected that London boroughs will have suffered a 6... more >

Croydon Council approves major £1.4bn town centre redevelopment

15.11.17: Plans to redevelop Croydon town centre have been approved by the council and could bring in as many as 7,000 jobs and 1,000 new homes. The £1.4bn proposal for the Whitgift Shopping Centre, put forward by the Croydon Partnership, was u... more >

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Visual.ONS: How to compete with the big data aggregators

13/11/2017Visual.ONS: How to compete with the big data aggregators

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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 >