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

28.04.17: 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 changes both across Europe and the US. Brexit will undou...

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...

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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, accordin... 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 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 >

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

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

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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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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 >
Putting digital at the heart of service delivery

28/04/2017Putting digital at the heart of service delivery

Following the recent Smart Essex Digital Summit, which was hosted by Essex County Council, David Wilde, executive director and chief information ... 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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