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South Cambridgeshire District Council to invest £340m in property

04.12.19: Plans to invest £340m into real estate over the next five years have been unveiled by South Cambridgeshire District Council. The plans, which were unveiled and voted on during a full council meeting, intend to increase the amount inve...

Lincolnshire County Council award £217m highways contract

02.12.19: It was announced today (Dec 2) that Balfour Beatty Living Places has been awarded a six-year contract worth £217m by Lincolnshire County Council for the maintenance of highways assets. The council will be working closely with Balfour...

Nexus appoints new Chief Operating Officer

25.11.19: Martin Kearney has been appointed as the new chief operating officer for Nexus, the public body which owns the Tyne and Wear Metro and wider public transport across the North East. Kearney has over 30 years of public transport experience an...

Reading Borough Council announces bid to buy disused prison building

20.11.19: Reading Borough Council has announced it will make a bid to buy Reading Prison, following a public petition to save the Grade-II listed building and open the prison up as an arts space. Councillor Jason Brock, council leader for Reading Bor...

Portsmouth City Council buys £138m office complex

06.08.19: Lakeside North Harbour, a vast office complex in Portsmouth, has been purchased by the local City Council for £138m. The site, located in Cosham, now belongs to the local authority, with a loan set to be used to pay for the 120-acre s...

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...

Government unveils £675m Future High Streets Fund shortlist

09.07.19: The government has revealed the winners of the first phase of a multi-million-pound fund to transform local high streets, with 51 areas of the country through to the second phase. The £675m Future High Streets Fund, launched at the en...

District councils making ‘great strides’ in building houses post-borrowing cap

03.07.19: District councils are now building and planning homes at a “considerable pace” as a direct result of the borrowing cap being lifted, a new report has revealed. A survey, commissioned by the District Councils’ Network (DCN)...

RTPI calls on government to let councils rise planning fees

28.06.19: Proposals by the Government for new approaches to meeting the costs of the planning service where this improves performance have been welcomed by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). Speaking yesterday at the annual conference of the C...

Welsh government raises £226m from new land tax

28.06.19: The Welsh government have raised £226m from a new ‘land transaction tax’ to replace stamp duty. The new tax was introduced in April 2018 as allowed by a new devolution package giving Wales control of parts of their tax cod...

Prime Minister speaks out against construction of 'tiny homes'

26.06.19: The Prime Minister has called for new design standards to ensure high-quality homes and further rights for tenants. Theresa May will use her address to the Chartered Institute of Housing conference today to highlight “tiny homes with...

Thurrock Council: A council that gets business, does business and means business

11.06.19: Thurrock Council’s chief executive, Lyn Carpenter, discusses an exciting new £1bn regeneration scheme on the River Thames and its importance in setting the template for high quality, community-driven and infrastructure-led growth. ...

Public-private partnership creates housing community at Oxford City Council

30.05.19: Cllr Mike Rowley, board member for housing at Oxford City Council, details how his authority is meeting the growing demand for housing in the city. Oxford’s Barton housing development opened the doors to its first social housing tenan...

Using the Spending Review to break the cycle

29.05.19: Can government use the Spending Review to get out of the cycle of short-termism, over-optimism, and silo decision-making? Antonia Gracie, audit manager at the National Audit Office, reports. For civil servants across Whitehall, amidst the i...

Labour deputy calls for government inquiry into council’s planned library closures

07.05.19: The deputy leader of the Labour Party has written to the government calling for an inquiry into Essex County Council’s planned library closures. The authority plans on “drastically” reducing its services from 74 to 30 in o...

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Council reveals Cheltenham tourism worth over £162m

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Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

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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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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 >
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Council reveals Cheltenham tourism worth over £162m

12/12/2019Council reveals Cheltenham tourism worth over £162m

Cheltenham Borough Council released figures yesterday (Dec 11) revealing that day visitor numbers have grown to 1.9 million over the past year, an increase of 7%. The region has also seen a ... more >
£20m research centre in the North given the green light

12/12/2019£20m research centre in the North given the green light

Plans for a £20m state-of-the-art facility in Lancashire have been approved by South Ribble Borough Council and Ribble Valley Borough Council. Permission has been granted today (Dec 12... more >

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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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Prevention: Investing for the future

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