Service Transformation

City council launches petition against ‘massive threat’ of One Oxfordshire plan

14.02.17: Oxford City Council has launched an online petition against what it perceives are “disastrous” plans by the region’s county council to abolish all six existing authorities to create a new unitary. The ‘One Oxfordshir...

Javid signals plan to return majority of powers back to Rotherham

13.02.17: Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council is set to regain the majority of its powers, almost two years after the government appointed commissioners to oversee the local authority after an investigation into child sexual exploitation found it &lsqu...

Districts committed to innovative and collaborative ways of working, says APPG chair

27.01.17: The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for District Councils held the first meeting of its inquiry into collaboration and devolution this week. The meeting saw the cross-party panel of MPs and peers taking evidence from councils invo...

Councils brand county’s unitary bid a ‘disaster’ for Oxfordshire

20.01.17: Oxfordshire’s lower-tier councils have lambasted their county council’s ‘One Oxfordshire’ proposal, calling it the “wrong proposal at the wrong time”. Yesterday Oxfordshire County Council announced a prop...

County unveils multi-million pound saving unitary proposal

19.01.17: Oxfordshire County Council has proposed the abolition of all six of the county’s councils in order to create one new unitary authority for Oxfordshire. The ‘One Oxfordshire’ proposals would involve slashing the number of c...

Manchester avoids worst jobs and service cuts with airport cash boost

04.01.17: The worst of service cuts at Manchester City Council have been avoided after the local authority was able to reduce its budget deficit. In October, Manchester council announced that it would need to make significant service cuts in order to...

Council debates to change Dorset local government structure begin

03.01.17: Dorset councils will begin to meet this week to formally debate and scrutinise proposals to change the county’s local government structures. This Thursday (5 January 2017), Poole council will discuss a report setting out the evidence...

Public service reform in the Thatcher, Blair and Cameron eras

22.12.16: Chris Painter, Emeritus Professor of public policy and management at Birmingham City University, assesses the impact of the public service reform paradigm that dominated the period from 1979 to 2016.  At the turn of another turbulent y...

Solace president mandate: Champion diversity and celebrate great public services

20.12.16: Jo Miller, the recently-elected president of Solace, talks to PSE about the need for championing great public services and ensuring inclusion at every level. Public services and public leadership, done well, helps places and people thrive...

Salford council to axe over 130 jobs as it aims to find £16m savings

19.12.16: Salford City Council is due to make further budget and jobs cuts as it struggles to cope with the impact of national funding reductions. The council announced that it is opening a consultation on the best way to deliver £15.8m efficie...

DCMS establishes programme to promote small charity commissioning

14.12.16: Small charities will be offered opportunities to secure public sector contracts under a new Public Services Programme announced by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The department will develop a Public Services Incubator, which w...

Manchester submits LCO bid as integrated planning moves forward

25.11.16: The process of setting up local care organisations (LCOs) as part of Greater Manchester’s (GM’s) health devolution is progressing smoothly, with Manchester being the latest of the region’s 10 localities to submit development pr...

£1bn fund for community ownership needed to save public assets – Locality

08.11.16: Assets such as libraries, community centres and sports centres risk being lost without funding support for communities to take them over, Locality has warned. Councils currently own land and buildings worth £250bn, but Locality, a net...

Incoming Manchester mayor must care about health, DevoManc boss argues

08.11.16: Regardless of who is elected next year as mayor of Greater Manchester (GM), it is crucial that they fully support the region’s ongoing health and care programme, the new chief officer of GM Health and Social Care Partnership has said. ...

Drakeford sets out timetable for Welsh council reform

04.11.16: Welsh councils have been told to use the next eighteen months to prepare for the “harder choices that lie ahead” as part of local government reform. In a speech at the Welsh LGA’s conference yesterday, Mark Drakeford, the Wels...

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LGA: New homes data positive, but still failing to meet growing housing need

24/02/2017LGA: New homes data positive, but still failing to meet growing housing need

New figures released by the government have shown that the number of new build homes has continued to rise to its highest level since 2007, but c... more >
Lancashire still pushing for devo deal despite two councils withdrawing support

24/02/2017Lancashire still pushing for devo deal despite two councils withdrawing support

Plans put forward for a devolution deal to join together 15 councils in Lancashire in a combined authority will still go ahead, despite two counc... more >
Councils divided as HS2 Bill is given Royal Assent

23/02/2017Councils divided as HS2 Bill is given Royal Assent

HS2 will be the “catalyst” in driving economic growth in the West Midlands as the eagerly anticipated high-speed rail link was given ... more >

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21/02/2017Untapped potential

As PSE went to press, the government had just released its Industrial Strategy green paper, which has an ambitious aim to “improve living standards and economic growth by increasing productivity and driving growth across the whole country”.  Overall, the strategy was welcomed across the public sector. However, as you&rsqu... read more >

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Some libraries are better than others

Some libraries are better than others

Helen Milner, chief executive of Good Things Foundation, formerly the Tinder Foundation, expands on the organisation’s recent claims that protecting libraries at all costs could be hol... more > more last word articles >
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And justice for all

23/02/2017And justice for all

Nothing less than a ‘whole-place’ pooling of public service budgets and devolution of criminal justice system powers to local level can create the conditions for community transformation, argue former communities secretary Hazel Blears and Lord Patel, chairman of the Mental Health Act Commission. Reform of the Criminal Justice... more >
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Shaping the future of local government through districts

23/02/2017Shaping the future of local government through districts

Mark Pawsey (pictured), the MP for Rugby and the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for District Councils, explains why he hopes t... more >
Bristol: the booming smart city

23/02/2017Bristol: the booming smart city

Barney Smith, CEO at Bristol Is Open, explains how the innovative project can help make cities more liveable and sustainable. Bristol is the... more >
Where next for devolution?

23/02/2017Where next for devolution?

Andrew Walker, policy expert on devolution at the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU), explains why devolution in England needs a shot in th... more >
Introducing learning analytics

23/02/2017Introducing learning analytics

Learning analytics make use of the data generated as we learn and teach in order to improve learning and teaching. Rebecca Ferguson, a senior lec... more >

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McMahon: I worry that the public are not part of the devolution conversation

20/12/2016McMahon: I worry that the public are not part of the devolution conversation

Jim McMahon, Labour’s shadow minister for local government and devolution, talks to PSE’s David Stevenson about the need to radically... more >
Solace president mandate: Champion diversity and celebrate great public services

20/12/2016Solace president mandate: Champion diversity and celebrate great public services

Jo Miller, the recently-elected president of Solace, talks to PSE about the need for championing great public services and ensuring inclusion at ... more >
The secret to the success of one public estate

19/08/2016The secret to the success of one public estate

Central government has faced strong criticism of its many estate schemes in recent years, but one in particular seems to steer clear of the backl... more >
Joint ventures: Are we better together?

19/04/2016Joint ventures: Are we better together?

Vivien Holland, local government advisory director at Grant Thornton UK LLP, examines the potential of Joint Ventures for local authorities going... more >

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