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Government announces £22m investment into active travel

07.02.20: The government has published a number of measures to encourage people to opt for cycling and walking, including highlighting positive outcomes of successful programmes, extension of the Access Fund and plans of cycle training for every child in...

Full council recommends Waverley budget proposals

06.02.20: Yesterday (Feb 6) Waverley Borough Council’s Executive unanimously approved the draft budget scheduled for presentation at the Full Council meeting on 18 February. The draft budget sees council tax rise with inflation by 1.9%, allowin...

Further Education to benefit from £24m support package

05.02.20: The Department for Education has today (Feb 5) committed to a multi-million pound investment into Further Education (FE) to recruit train and develop the workforce and boost skills and opportunities in the UK. Education Secretary Gavin Will...

NPIF at EvoNorth 2020: investment opportunity in the North

15.01.20: Grant Peggie, Director at British Business Bank Launched by British Business Bank in 2017, the £400m Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) is supporting economic prosperity in the region by making commercial investments into grow...

Housing Consortium becomes Northern Powerhouse partner

15.01.20: The Northern Housing Consortium (NHC), a membership body representing around 90% of housing providers across the North of England, has today (Jan 15) become the latest member of the Northern Powerhouse Partner Programme. The Northern Powerh...

Electric Vehicles and Renewable Energy: How Bristol City Council is tackling climate change

15.01.20: Source PSE: Dec 19/Jan 20 Cllr Kye Dudd Bristol has always been a city with sustainability at its heart. In November 2018, we were the first UK city to declare a climate emergency and, since then, we’ve begun to build environment...

Sustainability: is it time to view economic development through a different lens?

13.01.20: Source PSE: Dec 19/Jan 2020   Mark Lynam is a Board Member of the Institute of Economic Development, and Director of Transport, Housing and Infrastructure in Sheffield City Region’s Executive Team. We need a new paradi...

How can The Northern Powerhouse support the next generation?

13.01.20: Denise Park, Chief Executive of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, chats to PSE about the risk of smaller towns getting left behind on the Northern Powerhouse agenda. For Northern Council’s it’s really important to raise the...

Edwina Hannaford: Creating a carbon neutral cornwall

09.01.20: Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Climate Change and Neighbourhoods, Cornwall Council As one of the country’s first local authorities to have produced a detailed action plan in response to the climate emergency...

LGA: Upskilling the Workplace

08.01.20: Source: PSE Dec 19/Jan 20 The Local Government Association (LGA) discusses upskilling and retraining staff in public sector workplace. As leaders of place, councils and combined authorities want to work with partners across the piste t...

Unlocking the Potential of Towns

07.01.20: Source: PSE Dec 19/Jan 20   Pippa Coutts, Carnegie UK Trust Carnegie UK Trust has been promoting wellbeing in the UK and Ireland for over one hundred years. The results of a survey the Trust conducted with IPSOS Mori in...

One Northern council's shopping list for central government

07.01.20: Tony Oakman, chief executive of Bolton Council spoke to PSE about the Northern Powerhouse and the key priorities he’s like to see from central government. From my perspective I think the Northern Powerhouse is significant to say the l...

A renewed partnership between business and government

07.01.20: Source: PSE Dec 19/Jan 20   Matthew Fell CBI Chief UK Policy Director from Whitehall to townhalls, from head office to high street shops Speaking to businesses across the North there’s enormous pride and enthusiasm...

Food for thought - Stephen Garthwaite, Ysgol y Grango

07.01.20: Source: PSE Dec19/Jan 20   Stephen Garthwaite, headteacher, Ysgol y Grango In November Ysgol y Grango, the secondary school in Rhosllanerchrugog in Wrexham of which I am headteacher, hosted the launch of the Stop School Hunge...

How the Northern Powerhouse could help meet economic potential

06.01.20: Becca Heron, director of Economy and Skills at Wigan Council spoke to PSE about the Northern Powerhouse and why transport links and skills are key to transforming the North. The Northern Powerhouse is extraordinarily important, the UK has g...

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UK’s biggest eco-friendly refuse fleet worth £3.4m to launch in Liverpool

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Liverpool City Region: Bus franchising is leading option

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Liverpool City Region’s Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram has announced today (Feb 20) that bus services in the region could be franchised as part... more >
National Leadership Centre: Helping public sector leaders

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Source: PSE Feb/March 2020   In the 2017 Autumn budget, an announcement was made for a Public Service Leadership Academy, to help ... 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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Utilising data to best deliver meaningful public services

14/11/2019Utilising data to best deliver meaningful public services

Public Sector Executive’s Matt Roberts explains how living in a modern, interconnected world, as we do, means public sector organisations cannot afford to ignore the role of data. Data is all around us in the modern age. Unseen, the digital environment plays a role in near on every aspect of our lives. It influences, manages and mit... 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 >