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The Health Foundation calls for government overhaul for a healthy society

16.10.19: The Health Foundation has today (Oct 16) urged government to consider policy changes to housing, transport and education after new report shows a risk to the future of young people. The report, A heathy foundation for the future, calls for...

Buckinghamshire County Council launch online tool to check your adoption eligibility

14.10.19: This week, on National Adoption Week (October 14-21), Buckinghamshire County Council is launching a new ‘Adoption Ready’ tool that helps people see if they are suitable to become adoptive parents. People tend to wrongly assume t...

Allocation details of £14 billion funding for schools announced

11.10.19: A new set of figures have been announced today (Friday 11) to outline how schools are to benefit from Government’s £14bn education investment. UK schools will receive details of how they are going to benefit after it is announce...

‘Positive shift' as teacher workload dropped by five hours a week

11.10.19: Teacher’s working hours have fallen by an average of five hours a week compared to 2016, as they spend less time on things other than teaching. Research published today (11 Oct) has revealed that teachers are working five hours a week...

Government messaging service to save taxpayer £175m

26.09.19: GOV.UK has today announced that its messaging service Notify, is on track to save taxpayers an average of £35m a year over the next five years. The government run messaging service was designed to provide a simple line of communicatio...

Justify your new communications system, it’s not that difficult

23.09.19: Foehn discuss with Public Sector Executive how they go about addressing the unique challenges of presenting an appealing communications system setup for public sector clients.   Over the past twenty years, we’ve worked with orga...

Prevention: Investing for the future

17.09.19: 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 rolling landscape of the public sector for the p...

Investing in Newport’s infrastructure

12.09.19: With £1bn available to solve the area's traffic issues, Debbie Wilcox, leader of Newport City Council, discusses balancing improvements to the M4 motorway with the interests of Newport itself. Newport occupies a critical position as t...

Building a better connected South Yorkshire

10.09.19: With the new Sheffield City Region Integrated Rail Plan joining the region's official Transport Strategy this summer, Dan Jarvis, mayor of Sheffield City Region, discusses his exciting plans for transforming transport in South Yorkshire. De...

Ushering in the future with smart cities

05.09.19: Andrew Smith, Crown Commercial Service category lead - technology solutions, talks about how the CCS can support the development of smart cities and help modernise public sector procurement practices. The smart city agenda promises much. Te...

Medway’s blueprint for transformation

03.09.19: Cllr Adrian Gulvin, Medway Council’s portfolio holder for resources, outlines why the local authority in the south-east has invested £35m in a town centre shopping centre. Medway is currently undergoing a significant transformat...

Keep it local: unlocking the power of community

29.08.19: Tony Armstrong, chief executive of Locality, argues why we must move away from the scale and standardisation of public services and instead ‘Keep it Local’ to prosper from community collaboration. We are nearly a decade into a d...

Stabilising Northamptonshire County Council

27.08.19: Theresa Grant, chief executive of Northamptonshire County Council, shares the authority’s remarkable journey from financial crisis to delivering a balanced budget, and discusses the road still ahead. The story of the demise of Northam...

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...

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Government to protect domestic abuse survivors with local council support

21/10/2019Government to protect domestic abuse survivors with local council support

Local councils to provide life-saving support to domestic abuse survivors thanks to new legal duty announced by Government. From next year, ... more >
Billingham Railway station to receive £2m for disabled access

21/10/2019Billingham Railway station to receive £2m for disabled access

Ben Houchen, Tees Valley Mayor, has announced a £1m investment to help add disabled access to Billingham Railway Station. The station,... more >
Sheffield City Region mayor Dan Jarvis backs compensation for rail passengers

21/10/2019Sheffield City Region mayor Dan Jarvis backs compensation for rail passengers

Sheffield City Region mayor Dan Jarvis has called on Northern Rail to provide passengers compensation and cheaper fares on routes still... 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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NSPCC: Working together to improve the support available for children who have been sexually abused

08/10/2019NSPCC: Working together to improve the support available for children who have been sexually abused

Hayley Clark, the acting head of development and impact at the NSPCC, talks about the significant gap in support services for children who have been sexually abused and the Home Office’s new framework for commissioners. The complex and fragmented commissioning landscape for child sexual abuse support services has resulted in a signi... 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 >