Service Transformation

Adopting design to tackle service challenges

13.04.17: Design Council’s director of growth and innovation, Ellie Runcie, on how design can enable service transformation and why London is next to benefit from the successful Design in the Public Sector programme. It has been nearly two year...

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. ...

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Switch to Universal Credit doubles number of referrals to foodbanks

25/04/2017Switch to Universal Credit doubles number of referrals to foodbanks

Areas where Universal Credit has been rolled out to single people, couples and families have seen a 16.85% increase in the number of people being... more >
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 >
Public sector can lead the UK to an ultra-low emission future

25/04/2017Public sector can lead the UK to an ultra-low emission future

Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, explains why the public sector has the potential to shape and accelerate the UK automotive market to be entire... 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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Parliament cannot solve homelessness through legislation alone

Parliament cannot solve homelessness through legislation alone

Cllr Michelle Lowe, deputy leader and cabinet member for housing and health at Sevenoaks District Council, argues that if the government is really serious about combating homelessness they will w... more > more last word articles >
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Engaging voters ahead of May’s elections

24/04/2017Engaging voters ahead of May’s elections

Emma Hartley, head of campaigns at the Electoral Commission, discusses the importance of a collaborative approach to engage voters ahead of this year’s elections.  It’s vital that voters can easily participate in every type of election so that democracy can work. One of the challenges for the Electoral Commission when new... more >
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Public sector can lead the UK to an ultra-low emission future

25/04/2017Public sector can lead the UK to an ultra-low emission future

Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, explains why the public sector has the potential to shape and accelerate the UK automotive market to be entire... more >
Employee financial wellbeing in the public sector

25/04/2017Employee financial wellbeing in the public sector

Charles Cotton, performance and reward adviser to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), analyses the financial wellbeing o... more >
Wigan Council: embracing digital transformation

25/04/2017Wigan Council: embracing digital transformation

Alison McKenzie-Folan, deputy chief executive, director customer transformation at Wigan Council, explains why local authorities, as digital lead... more >
Oxfordshire devolution will boost UK economy

21/04/2017Oxfordshire devolution will boost UK economy

Peter Sloman, chief executive of Oxford City Council, argues that pursuing devolution rather than restructuring local government in the county is... 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 >
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 >

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