Latest Public Sector News


Gordon Brown to give evidence at devolution Inquiry

Former prime minister Gordon Brown is to give evidence to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Reform, Decentralisation and Devolution in the UK next week. 

Mr Brown will attend a session of the APPG, which is being chaired by Lord Kerslake, on 8 September to give his expertise on the question of devolution in which he has been intimately involved. 

Lord Kerslake said: “We're naturally delighted that Gordon Brown has agreed to take part in an evidence session given his background knowledge and understanding of this subject. His work to complete the process of devolving powers to Northern Ireland in 2010, for instance, gives him an invaluable awareness of how devolution can work in spite of challenges. 

“We know that the impact of devolution on local government would be fundamental and listening to the opinions of those people who have been at the heart of government and understand the issues is key to the work of the Inquiry. 

“Specifically, we will be asking Mr Brown about what drove New Labour's approach to devolution, how he believes further powers and responsibilities can best be transferred from central government, and his thoughts on ideas such as a Constitutional Convention for the UK.” 

PSE recently talked to Lord Kerslake about the APPG Inquiry (for which the Local Government Association provides the secretariat) and on the need to find ways of empowering local communities as well as empowering cities. 

Other witnesses who are giving evidence on 8 September include Jim Gallagher, Research Fellow at Nuffield College Oxford and former Director-General for Devolution; and Robert Hazell, Professor of Government and the Constitution at UCL and Director of the Constitution Unit.

(Image: c. Danny Lawson/PA Wire)


There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment



public sector executive tv

more videos >

last word

The importance of openness after Grenfell

The importance of openness after Grenfell

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 >

public sector focus

View all News


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

Tom Chance, director at the National Community Land Trust Network, argues t... more >


Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

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

It’s no secret that the public sector and its service providers need ... more >

the raven's daily blog

Northern Powerhouse Partner aims to connect the North once again

02/09/2019Northern Powerhouse Partner aims to connect the North once again

In February this year, official Northern Powerhouse Partner, Cognitive Publishing, delivered EvoNorth 2019.  The two day event was designed to amplify and highlight futur... more >
read more blog posts from 'the raven' >

editor's comment

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 >