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‘Significant financial pressures’ forces Durham County Council into reserves as it approves £16m of cuts

20.02.19: Durham County Council has committed to cutbacks of £16m but pledged an additional £74m to capital investment as the authority drops into its reserves. Following a £14.2m reduction in Durham’s revenue support grant fr...

Glasgow City Council agrees deal to remortgage major venues to finance £548m equal pay settlement

12.02.19: Glasgow City Council has agreed to sell off a host of its major venues and buildings to an arm’s length council-owned body in order to meet the cost of a £548m equal pay settlement with its workers. The city council will sell a...

Northern Powerhouse minister confirms land transfer deal to unlock major metalworks in Tees Valley

09.01.19: A deal to secure more than half of the developable land at the former Redcar Steelworks has been announced by Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry and Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen, with investment expected to bring over 500 new jobs. Ho...

CIPFA warns councils against exposing public money to risk in commercial property investment

19.10.18: Councils have been warned not to expose public funds to “unnecessary or unquantified risk” when borrowing to invest in commercial property in a statement from CIPFA. In a joint statement, CIPFA chief executive Rob Whiteman and R...

The great British sell-off

28.08.18: Tony Armstrong, chief executive of Locality, takes a look at the number of publicly-owned assets being sold off to the private sector after bearing the brunt of austerity, and considers what can be done.  We have known for some time th...

High Court allows London council to fine and imprison illegal campers

17.08.18: A council has successfully obtained a High Court injunction allowing it to use greater powers – from fines and asset seizure to imprisonment and – against illegal travellers in the region. The borough-wide injunction will allow...

Community Ownership Fund needed to protect public spaces

19.06.18: More than 4,000 publicly owned buildings and spaces are being sold off every year, a report published today has revealed. The report, ‘The great British sell off,’ published the results of a Freedom of Information (FOI) request made...

Increase charges on second homes in council tax revamp, report suggests

08.05.18: The current council tax system should be replaced with a progressive property tax that places surcharges on additional homes, a leading think tank has said. In a report ‘A new generational contract’ published today by the Resolu...

Introducing the Facilities Management Marketplace

14.12.17: The new Facilities Management (FM) Marketplace will be an opportunity to streamline the process of buying key services whilst propping up new entrants and SMEs, writes John Kenny, head of workplace, commercial specialist (FM and Property) at the...

Public sector to save £35m under new place-based estates framework

24.08.17: A new framework created by the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) could save public sector organisations £35m over the next four years, it has been revealed this week. The Estates Professional Services framework (RM3816) is aimed at savin...

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...

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Council spending on unaccompanied asylum-seeking children double in four years

21/02/2019Council spending on unaccompanied asylum-seeking children double in four years

The amount of money being spent on vital services in the care and support of unaccompanied children seeking asylum by councils has doubled in fou... more >
Holyrood committee airs concerns over ‘lack of transparency, accountability, and alignment’ of Business Gateway

21/02/2019Holyrood committee airs concerns over ‘lack of transparency, accountability, and alignment’ of Business Gateway

A committee of MSPs has expressed concerns about the “lack of transparency, accountability, and alignment” of a council-run business ... more >
Proposed population-based council funding formula would hit deprived areas

21/02/2019Proposed population-based council funding formula would hit deprived areas

Government proposals to assess local authorities’ spending needs based on population will only divert funding from councils serving deprive... more >

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Acas and the people's powerhouse

18/02/2019Acas and the people's powerhouse

Ahead of her speaking slot at this year’s EvoNorth, Acas chief executive Susan Clews assesses the current climate of workplaces and what ma... more >
Bolton and Wigan's strategic ICT partnership: Crossing borders together

18/02/2019Bolton and Wigan's strategic ICT partnership: Crossing borders together

Alison Hughes, assistant director of strategic ICT partnership at Bolton & Wigan councils, explains how the two councils are collaboratively ... more >
Chris Painter: May's failing Brexit project

18/02/2019Chris Painter: May's failing Brexit project

Chris Painter, professor emeritus at Birmingham City University, examines the reasons why prime minister Theresa May’s approach to Brexit h... 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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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 >
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 >
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 >

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Blog: LiveTiles at EvoNorth 27-28 Feb 2019

21/02/2019Blog: LiveTiles at EvoNorth 27-28 Feb 2019

LiveTiles is proud to be sponsors of EvoNorth, taking place on 27-28 Feb 2019 at the Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground. Designed specifically for the North, by the North, EvoNorth is uniting ... more >
Council spending on unaccompanied asylum-seeking children double in four years

21/02/2019Council spending on unaccompanied asylum-seeking children double in four years

The amount of money being spent on vital services in the care and support of unaccompanied children seeking asylum by councils has doubled in four years, according to the LGA. Despite local ... more >

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Blog: LiveTiles at EvoNorth 27-28 Feb 2019

21/02/2019Blog: LiveTiles at EvoNorth 27-28 Feb 2019

LiveTiles is proud to be sponsors of EvoNorth, taking place on 27-28 Feb 2019 at the Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground. Designed specifically for the North, by the North, EvoNorth is uniting over 300 leaders, influencers, and decision makers responsible for building, shaping and delivering the Northern Powerhouse. EvoNorth is the perfec... more >
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The importance of openness after Grenfell

The importance of openness after Grenfell

Following the recent Grenfell Tower tragedy, Lord Porter, chairman of the LGA, argues that if the public are going to have faith in the safety testing process then everything must be out in the o... more > more last word articles >