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Ep. 15 Lord Kerslake - A gradual erosion of local autonomy

28.05.20: In this week’s episode, Lord Robert Kerslake joined host Emily Rodgers to discuss the recent UK2070 Commission on levelling up UK towns and cities. He has been listed as one of the most influential people in the public sector thanks to his...

The importance of reliable indoor mobile coverage post Covid19

28.05.20: Content provided by Nextivity, Editorially reviewed by Public Sector Executive Colin Abrey of Nextivity explains why uninterrupted 4G coverage in public sector buildings cannot wait As Covid19 lingers on relentlessly mobile telecoms an...

Bury council opposes plans to re-open schools in June

18.05.20: Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Schools and Families at Bury Council Cllr Tamoor Tariq has addressed the headteachers in the area with his position regarding Central Government’s arrangements for re-opening schools....

Council leaders call for £5bn income guarantee backed by Treasury

18.05.20: Leaders of the biggest councils in England have called for a ‘£5bn income guarantee’ from Government to help them make it through the crisis period. Local authorities are at risk of having to declare insolvency as the pand...

Boundless donates £100,000 of free films for public sector workers

06.05.20: Longstanding membership association for the public sector and civil service workers, Boundless, is giving away 10,000 film codes from steaming platform Chili for public service workers. The film codes are worth £10 each, giving the to...

NALC commends England's local councils during coronavirus

28.04.20: 10,000 local councils across England have stepped up to support their communities through the coronavirus crisis. The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has commended England’s 10,000 local councils for their vital role dur...

BMW – The power of choice

20.04.20: Sponsored Content - Source: PSE April/May   You might think that the move to electric vehicles is a new phenomenon; a novel idea to support the recent commitments to net zero carbon or a response to council’s declaring a cli...

Additional £1.6bn for councils announced by Government

20.04.20: The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has announced a further £1.6bn to support councils through this pandemic. Announced on Saturday (Apr 18) by Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, the extra £1.6bn will be delivered t...

WMCA funds new online construction skills course

15.04.20: The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has announced (Apr 14) that they are funding a new programme aimed at giving local people the skills needed to start a new career in construction. The innovative programme has moved online for the...

Protecting your mental health during coronavirus

14.04.20: Source: PSE April/May By Stephen Buckley, Head of Information at Mind The past few weeks have been unprecedented for us all. The arrival of coronavirus in the UK has meant that, for the vast majority of us, our way of life has changed....

NHSX partners with tech firms to reduce social isolation

09.04.20: A new partnership between NHSX and technology firms is helping vulnerable care home residents to connect with their loved ones during this period of isolation. The ability to communicate with friends and family can provide vital emotional s...

Manchester mayor to offer free Metrolink to NHS and healthcare staff

08.04.20: Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham announced today (Apr 8) in his weekly virtual press conference his plans to provide free tram travel for NHS staff and social care workers, as a thank you for their service during the coronaviru...

DASA launches £1m fund as ‘call for innovation’ to tackle Covid-19

08.04.20: The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) has launched a £1m fund today (Apr 8) to ‘fast-track innovation’ in helping the Armed Forces in the fight against coronavirus. The opportunity, launched with support from the Def...

Manchester pays tribute to Deputy Leader Sue Murphy CBE

08.04.20: The Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, Cllr Sue Murphy CBE died yesterday (Apr 7) at the age of 59, following an ongoing illness. She was first elected to the City Council in 1995, and had served as Executive Member for Employment an...

Nottingham City Council seeks 1,600 new care workers

07.04.20: Nottingham City Council is recruiting 1,600 new care workers to support vulnerable people in the community during the coronavirus crisis. The Council is calling on people in its region to come forward and take on a new role as an essential...

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Public Health England report reveals Covid-19 disparity

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Public Health England (PHE) published a report yesterday (June 2) confirming that the risk and outcomes of the Coronavirus pandemic is not felt e... more >
Ep. 16 Cllr Nick Forbes - Net zero and an inclusive economy

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 this week’s episode, Leader of Newcastle City Council, Cllr Nick Forbes CBE joined host Emily Rodgers on the Public Sector Voice... more >
Cheshire East Council makes hydrogen fuel progress

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Cheshire East Council has taken a big step in their fight against the climate emergency as planning permission for a green hydrogen refuelling co... 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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Prevention: Investing for the future

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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 th... more > more last word articles >

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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, that age old question: What came first, the bad customer or the bad customer service? (Or maybe we just made that up, whatever). But it’s true though, right? We w... 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 >