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A period of inevitable risk

25.04.17: Dr Daniel Dresner, information and cyber security governance lecturer at the University of Manchester, explains how the public sector’s approach to cyber security is improving. The public sector’s approach to cyber security gove...

Using data to enhance public services

25.04.17: Shane Green, programme manager for business intelligence & open data, and Sudip Trivedi, head of data & analytics and connectivity — Business Partner for Place at Camden Council, discuss the importance of using data analytics to im...

The Peoples Powerhouse: breaking the mould

21.04.17: Despite its many brilliant female leaders, the Northern Powerhouse often forgets to shout about the women working tirelessly to transform the region. But this is all about to change, Donna Hall, chief executive of Wigan Council, tells PSE’...

Stepping up to London’s contactless bus network

18.04.17: Reading Buses, the innovative operator wholly owned by the local borough council, has become the first town-wide contactless bus network outside London. PSE reports. Reading Buses, the council-owned organisation that strives to reduce car d...

BCF not the be all and end all to integration

13.04.17: Grainne Siggins, national policy lead and trustee at the Association of Directors of Adult Social Care (ADASS), talks to PSE about the National Audit Office’s (NAO’s) recent report on health and social care integration. In Febru...

Lead by example on carbon reduction

13.04.17: PSE reports from this year’s Carbon Trust Public Sector Conference. One of the key messages to come out of this year’s Carbon Trust Public Sector Conference was that the sector needs to highlight the importance and business case...

60 seconds with… Mark Lloyd

30.03.17: We talk to Mark Lloyd, who has been chief executive of the LGA since November 2015. Prior to taking on this role, he had been the CEO at Cambridgeshire County Council from 2008 and Durham County Council from 2005. What are the biggest challen...

Your G-Cloud experience is as good as the vendor you use

20.03.17: James Passingham, chief technical officer at Foehn, says that with G-Cloud’s increasing popularity and standardised offerings, it’s vital to choose a provider that also delivers expert advice and technical support.  While t...

The identity crisis of local government

01.03.17: Carl Haggerty, a co-founder of LocalGov Digital and chair of its Steering Group, tells PSE that the only way to harness the true power of technology in the public sector is to fundamentally rethink why local authorities exist in the first place....

UK public sector sustainability priorities for 2017

16.02.17: Richard Rugg, managing director of programmes at the Carbon Trust, looks at the opportunities and challenges facing sustainability in the public sector over the next 12 months. As we come up towards our annual Public Sector Conference, I us...

Cloud phone systems redefine public sector costs

16.01.17: James Passingham, chief technical officer at Foehn, highlights some cost-saving possibilities in the company’s Buyer’s Guide to Cloud Phone Systems for the public sector.  The rise of cloud phone systems  As central f...

EVs at the heart of industrial strategy plans

04.01.17: PSE reports on the latest announcements around electric vehicles, including new funding in the Autumn Statement and further commitments from cabinet ministers to expanding the sector. Following new funding promises for electric vehicles (EV...

Spearheading digital and structural change

04.01.17: Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) recently won Socitm’s Innovation Award for its ‘Right Here Right Now’ programme. Alan Evans, head of transformation, and Maryvonne Hassall, computer services manager at the local authority...

LGDSS an important key in the transformation toolkit

26.12.16: Paul Ward, head of ICT strategy, systems and development for Coventry City Council, explains how the local authority is using the Local Government Digital Service Standard (LGDSS) to deliver more user-friendly services. Coventry City Counci...

Taking a lead on EV

26.12.16: Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, talks to PSE’s David Stevenson about the opportunity the public sector has in increasing electric vehicle (EV) take-up. There is a government aspiration that by 2040 every new car in the UK will be a...

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Switch to Universal Credit doubles number of referrals to foodbanks

25/04/2017Switch to Universal Credit doubles number of referrals to foodbanks

Areas where Universal Credit has been rolled out to single people, couples and families have seen a 16.85% increase in the number of people being... more >
Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

25/04/2017Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

Ahead of this year’s mayoral elections, Lord Kerslake, the former head of the Civil Service, tells PSE’s David Stevenson why the argu... more >
Public sector can lead the UK to an ultra-low emission future

25/04/2017Public sector can lead the UK to an ultra-low emission future

Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, explains why the public sector has the potential to shape and accelerate the UK automotive market to be entire... more >

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11/04/2017A watershed moment in British politics

The government has now officially triggered Article 50, formally starting the process of Britain’s exit from the EU. How this will affect local government, the wider public sector and the Civil Service remains to be seen, but the likelihood of it being plain sailing with the enormity of the task ahead seems rather unlikely.  It... read more >

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Parliament cannot solve homelessness through legislation alone

Parliament cannot solve homelessness through legislation alone

Cllr Michelle Lowe, deputy leader and cabinet member for housing and health at Sevenoaks District Council, argues that if the government is really serious about combating homelessness they will w... more > more last word articles >
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Engaging voters ahead of May’s elections

24/04/2017Engaging voters ahead of May’s elections

Emma Hartley, head of campaigns at the Electoral Commission, discusses the importance of a collaborative approach to engage voters ahead of this year’s elections.  It’s vital that voters can easily participate in every type of election so that democracy can work. One of the challenges for the Electoral Commission when new... more >
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Public sector can lead the UK to an ultra-low emission future

25/04/2017Public sector can lead the UK to an ultra-low emission future

Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, explains why the public sector has the potential to shape and accelerate the UK automotive market to be entire... more >
Employee financial wellbeing in the public sector

25/04/2017Employee financial wellbeing in the public sector

Charles Cotton, performance and reward adviser to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), analyses the financial wellbeing o... more >
Wigan Council: embracing digital transformation

25/04/2017Wigan Council: embracing digital transformation

Alison McKenzie-Folan, deputy chief executive, director customer transformation at Wigan Council, explains why local authorities, as digital lead... more >
Oxfordshire devolution will boost UK economy

21/04/2017Oxfordshire devolution will boost UK economy

Peter Sloman, chief executive of Oxford City Council, argues that pursuing devolution rather than restructuring local government in the county is... more >

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Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

25/04/2017Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

Ahead of this year’s mayoral elections, Lord Kerslake, the former head of the Civil Service, tells PSE’s David Stevenson why the argu... more >
New social care funding misses the point

13/04/2017New social care funding misses the point

Clive Betts MP, chair of the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee, reflects on the social care funding released in this year’s ... more >
Leading transformational change through procurement

01/03/2017Leading transformational change through procurement

Liz Welton, chair of the Society of Procurement Officers in Local Government (SOPO), tells PSE’s David Stevenson why there are lots of oppo... more >
McMahon: I worry that the public are not part of the devolution conversation

20/12/2016McMahon: I worry that the public are not part of the devolution conversation

Jim McMahon, Labour’s shadow minister for local government and devolution, talks to PSE’s David Stevenson about the need to radically... more >