Latest Public Sector News


LGA calls for cross-Whitehall approach to crime

A new Crime Reduction Board, with ministers from all Government departments, could increase coordination across Whitehall and drive down crime.

The LGA called for the creation of such a board in evidence to the Justice Select Committee inquiry into the Government’s policy on crime reduction. Confusion over policy at a national level can hamper efforts to tackle crime and cut reoffending, the association warned.

Their evidence also highlighted a lack of engagement from some departments which are failing to recognise their role in crime reduction.

Ahead of giving evidence to the Committee, Cllr Joanna Spicer, Vice-Chair of the LGA's Safer and Stronger Communities Board, said: “One of the key successes in tackling crime in recent years has been multi-agency working at a local level between councils, the police and health services. Local government is playing its part in ensuring our communities are safe and secure and it is time for central government to replicate our successful formula.

“Whitehall has already recognised the importance of this joined-up approach in areas such as tackling gang violence, troubled families and domestic violence. But in order to successfully break the cycle of crime and re-offending, there needs to be a genuine commitment to this cross-working approach across the whole of Whitehall. That is the only way communities will see the real benefits.

“That is why we are recommending the creation of a ministerial level Crime Reduction Board. It would be able to provide proper challenges to new proposals and ongoing work and ensure there is better coordination between departments as a matter of course.”

Tell us what you think – have your say below, or email us directly at


There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment



public sector executive tv

more videos >

last word

Prevention: Investing for the future

Prevention: Investing for the future

Rob Whiteman, CEO at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance (CIPFA), discusses the benefits of long-term preventative investment. Rising demand, reducing resource – this has been the r 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

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 >
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 >