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Generating growth with the Grimsby town deal

22.08.19: Something is stirring in the north of England. Philip Jackson, leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, explains what’s occurring and how it’s caught the eye of Government and the private sector. Around 8,800 new jobs and 10,0...

Building Bolton’s NHS workforce

20.08.19: Mark O’Reilly, project director at Bolton College of Medical Sciences (BCMS), discusses how the local partnership is setting out to train the next generation with the use of a new £30m vocational training centre. A recent report...

Growing in confidence: Meeting the targets of Apprenticeship Levy

15.08.19: Debbie Rayfield, corporate apprenticeship manager at Sefton Council, discusses her role within the council’s Apprenticeship Team and the challenges that can be faced meeting the targets of the Apprenticeship Levy. I initially joined t...

TechnologyOne: Setting the foundation for shared service success

14.08.19: Anwen Robinson, UK Operating Officer at TechnologyOne - an enterprise SaaS company - explains why adopting an enterprise vision is key to long-term benefit Local government transformation is primarily driven by the need to find ef...

Unlocking the door for customers and suppliers

13.08.19: Simon Tse, chief executive of the Crown Commercial Service, discusses how the biggest public procurement organisation in the UK is changing. For some time the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), the trading fund of the Cabinet Office, rightly f...

TechnologyOne: The shared services boom

06.08.19: Is austerity really over? Even if it is, that doesn’t mark the end of shared services for local government. Anwen Robinson, UK Operating Officer at TechnologyOne explains. In the 2018 Autumn statement, chancellor Philip Hamm...

East Sussex GVA up by 23% in seven years

01.08.19: INVESTMENT in East Sussex has been credited for the creation of more than 2,000 jobs in the last five years. East Sussex County Council worked with partners to secure more than £600 million in capital investment since launching a...

£25m Flood Risk Management Scheme for Carlisle is underway

31.07.19: The Environment Agency is starting work on a new £25 million flood risk management scheme which will help protect more than 1,600 homes and businesses in Cumbria. Sir James Bevan, Chief Executive of the Environment Agency, has of...

Celebrating a decade of local government shared service success

29.07.19: Anwen Robinson, UK operating officer at TechnologyOne celebrates a decade of shared service agreements and the savings they have brought to UK local government. Over £1.34 billion in cumulative efficiency savings has been ma...

Yorkshire, Devon and Cornwall get £3m funding for flood measures

23.07.19: Communities across Yorkshire, Devon and Cornwall and central England are to be protected against the impact of flooding after almost £3 million of government investment. Following a competitive evaluation process, three projects have...

AI technology fund of £2 million announced to identify UK potholes

22.07.19: Innovative artificial intelligence (AI) technology will be used to help improve the condition of local roads, following the announcement of DfT funding announced totalling £2 million to develop the most thorough understanding ever of Brita...

Ministers back new Oxford-Cambridge Arc economic proposals

19.07.19: Housing Minister Kit Malthouse has vowed to support a new economic plan to boost innovation and maximise opportunities in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The locally-developed plan sets out how the area will take full advantage of its...

Six years on: Taking stock of G-Cloud 11

09.07.19: Rafael Cortes, head of marketing at Foehn, reviews the success of G-Cloud and what the most recent iteration offers the future. Even the best of relationships can go through a ‘six-year patch’. Not so at Foehn. To the contrary...

County Councils Network announces new chairman

05.07.19: The County Councils Network (CCN) has announced today that councillor David Williams has been elected leader of the Conservative group for the network, and will now be chairman elect for the organisation. This follows a leadership contest b...

Five ways the UK Shared Prosperity Fund can rebalance the economy

01.07.19: Executive director of the Institute of Economic Development, Nigel Wilcock, argues that the UK Shared Prosperity Fund should address imbalances in localities that affect prosperity. Whilst government may have missed its latest deadline for...

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Local government secretary announces £9m Brexit preparedness fund

22/08/2019Local government secretary announces £9m Brexit preparedness fund

Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick MP has announced an extra £9m will be made available to ensure local areas and major ports are re... more >
Councils save £100m through LGA sector-led improvements

21/08/2019Councils save £100m through LGA sector-led improvements

Councils have saved more than £100m in the past year through a sector-led improvement (SLI) offer set up by the Local Government Associatio... more >
Northern road projects in £700m funding bid

21/08/2019Northern road projects in £700m funding bid

Transport for the North (TfN) has submitted a bid for £700m of investment into the region’s roads over the next five years, with 16 p... 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... read more >

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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 o... more > more last word articles >
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New rules to change the future of Social Value

05/06/2019New rules to change the future of Social Value

The government has announced the introduction of new rules to change the future of social value and make the way housing developers stump up the money for infrastructure both simpler and more transparent. These regulatory changes are designed to help achieve its ambition to deliver 300,000 extra homes per year by the mid-2020s.  ... more >
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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. Being on the receiving end of some “thanks” can make communit... 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 that community-led initiatives are a productive way of helping to solve... more >
Aberdeen's green transport fleet attracting international attention

19/06/2019Aberdeen's green transport fleet attracting international attention

Aberdeen City Council’s hydrogen spokesperson, councillor Philip Bell, highlights the Granite City’s determination to play a leading ... more >
A fifth of public sector workers have never received a thank you from the people they serve

13/06/2019A fifth of public sector workers have never received a thank you from the people they serve

A fifth of the country’s public sector workers say they have NEVER received a ‘thank you’ for doing their job as Public Service... more >

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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 to invest in technology to help make better use of their resources. Bu... more >
Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

17/12/2018Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

One of the public sector’s key technology partners has recently welcomed a new member to its team. Matt Spencer, O2’s head of public ... more >
New Dorset Councils CEO on the creation of a new unitary: ‘This is going to be the right decision for Dorset’

05/11/2018New Dorset Councils CEO on the creation of a new unitary: ‘This is going to be the right decision for Dorset’

The new chief executive of one of the new unitary authorities in Dorset has outlined his approach to culture and work with employees, arguing tha... more >
Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

15/10/2018Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

On 6 September, the biggest decision-makers of the north joined forces to celebrate and debate how to drive innovation and improvement through th... more >