Public Sector Property

The crown estate of health and care

08.09.16: Along with optimising land usage and promoting co-location, a radical new report makes the case for rationalising all local NHS estate into one body. PSE’s Luana Salles reports. As with the rest of the public sector, estate management...

The importance of continued leadership in estate reform

05.09.16: Despite the political uncertainty caused by the Brexit vote, Dr Alison Knight, head of places strategy at Cheshire West and Chester Council, explains why it is vitally important to keep leaders focused on plans for public sector estate reform. ...

Blurring the red and blue

05.09.16: Theresa May’s plans for police and crime commissioners (PCCs) to take on the duties and responsibilities of fire and rescue authorities (FRAs) have not been without controversy. But what have localities been doing to ensure any decision ma...

The secret to the success of one public estate

19.08.16: Central government has faced strong criticism of its many estate schemes in recent years, but one in particular seems to steer clear of the backlash. Bruce Mann, executive director of the Government Property Unit (GPU), reveals the secret to One...

Rescuing council buildings with robots and wireless tech

21.04.16: Gareth Harcombe, operational manager of energy and sustainability at City of Cardiff Council, explains how the authority used advanced technology to heat, insulate and even rescue its public buildings. The City of Cardiff Council has been s...

EXCLUSIVE: Public land disposal scheme leads to just 6 sales

31.03.16: A scheme to reduce government estate by allowing members of the public to request surplus government-owned land to be put up for sale has led to just six sales since it was introduced in January 2014, FoI requests by PSE show. The Right to...

UK government to reduce offices by 75% before 2023

03.02.16: The UK government aims to reduce its offices by 75% and is introducing new measures requiring local authorities to publish information on surplus assets. Speaking today at the Government Property 2016 Conference, Cabinet Office minister Mat...

Local government land: councils urged to let go

19.08.15: A slimmed-down, more efficient local government property estate will be a good vantage point from which to judge the effectiveness of the government’s drive to transform the public sector, argues Kristian Scholfield, senior associate solic...

Construction skills shortage could threaten housing goals

17.08.15: Councils are calling for more devolved powers to local education providers and construction employers in the face of a “growing mismatch” between the number of qualified housebuilders and the industry’s increasing demand for th...

Winners of £4bn London public sector construction framework announced

24.04.15: Twenty-five building contractors have been included in the £4bn housing and general building framework for public sector organisations across all London boroughs. The London Construction Programme’s Major Works Construction Fram...

Birmingham City Council to sell the NEC

16.01.15: Birmingham City Council has agreed to sell NEC Group, including the NEC Exhibition Halls, the Genting Arena, the International Convention Centre (ICC) and the Barclaycard Arena, to LDC for £307m. LDC – the private equity arm of...

Major fire at offices of South Oxfordshire District Council

15.01.15: A major fire has broken out at the offices of South Oxfordshire District Council, the result of a suspected arson attack. The building in Crowmarsh Gifford has been ablaze since 3.15am. Eyewitnesses say they saw a car crash into the front o...

Bigger than local

13.12.14: There is a need for a bigger-than-local approach when it comes to UK growth and development, particularly when it comes to infrastructure, writes Amanda Clack, senior vice president at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. The devol...

Facing the BIM juggernaut: a step-by-step approach to adoption

13.12.14: A survey of 1,000 UK construction professionals this year revealed that BIM adoption has increased from 13% in 2011 to 54% in 2014 – but too many estates managers assume it is ‘not for them’, argues chartered building surveyor...

Public sector construction pipeline becoming more ‘predictable’ for architects

13.12.14: Adrian Dobson, director of practice at the Royal Institute of British Architects, talks to PSE about how confidence levels for workload forecasts in the public sector have started stabilising. Architectural practices are becoming more optim...

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Almost all council websites now optimised for mobile devices

26/05/2017Almost all council websites now optimised for mobile devices

Almost all local councils have now repurposed their websites to present a responsive or mobile site when accessed on a smartphone. In a surv... more >
Manchester leaders thank public for £4.1m donations to attack fund

26/05/2017Manchester leaders thank public for £4.1m donations to attack fund

Local leaders in Manchester have heaped praise on the public after £4.1m was raised in support of survivors of the terrorist attack on Mond... more >
Charity develops £4.5m fund to tackle homelessness

25/05/2017Charity develops £4.5m fund to tackle homelessness

A social investment fund worth £4.5m has this week been launched by charity Homeless Link to tackle the issue in local areas. The fund... more >

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An integrated approach to greening public transport

28/04/2017An integrated approach to greening public transport

Dave Pearson, director of transport services at West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA), explains how a partnership approach is encouraging more... more >
Unlocking the combination to criminal justice reform

28/04/2017Unlocking the combination to criminal justice reform

If new mayors want to improve the life chances of their communities, help the most vulnerable and trailblaze public service reform, then criminal... more >
Improving information sharing to support integration

28/04/2017Improving information sharing to support integration

Kevin Kewin, a senior adviser in the Care and Health Improvement Programme at the LGA, explains how social care can be transformed through the us... 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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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 >

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Tories will take education spending back to 2010 levels, warns IFS

26/05/2017Tories will take education spending back to 2010 levels, warns IFS

Conservative plans to reduce spending on schools would lead to a 7% real-terms cut for the education sector between 2015-16 and 2021-22, according to experts from the Institute of Fiscal Studies.... more >
Almost all council websites now optimised for mobile devices

26/05/2017Almost all council websites now optimised for mobile devices

Almost all local councils have now repurposed their websites to present a responsive or mobile site when accessed on a smartphone. In a survey conducted in April and May 2017 by Better Conne... more >

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A watershed moment in British democracy

02/05/2017A watershed moment in British democracy

The upcoming mayoral elections represent a watershed moment in the history of British democracy, reports PSE’s Luana Salles.  On 4 May, voters across six regions will take to the polls to decide who should captain their public services until 2020.  As part of the elections, the DCLG has kick-started the ‘Our May... more >
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Collaborative working is the key to the future at home and abroad

Collaborative working is the key to the future at home and abroad

David Hawkins, operations director at the Institute for Collaborative Working (ICW), on why ISO 44001 is a new evolution in collaborative working. The past 12 months have seen seismic change... more > more last word articles >