Service Transformation

County looks to bring services into fewer buildings to drive £125m savings

03.10.17: Norfolk County Council has today outlined how it will restructure to “meet its challenges” by closing off little-used council buildings and move services where they are most needed. In order to meet tight financial targets...

Council moots co-location idea in bid to work together more efficiently

29.09.17: Officers at Ryedale District Council are working on a business case that will look at the possibility of sharing a site with other organisations as part of a long-term ambition to create a new shared public services and voluntary sector hub. ...

Local solutions to local problems

28.08.17: PSE’s Josh Mines reports from Public Sector Show 2017, where DCLG director general for local government and public services Jo Farrar (pictured) discussed the importance of localism in driving integration and sustainability in communities....

Getting the most from the public sector in a time of adversity

14.08.17: In the tumultuous age of Brexit, devolution, diversity and localism, there was plenty on the Public Sector Show 2017 agenda to talk about. PSE’s Josh Mines reports from a busy day at ExCel London.  While topics ranging from Brexi...

Delivering social value in public sector procurement

07.08.17: Theresa Grant, CEO of Trafford Council, explains how local authorities in the Greater Manchester area are making every penny of public spend provide that little bit more value for money. ‘Prisoners in Forest Bank Prison in Salford are bei...

Stronger together

03.07.17: Kevin Dicks, the chief executive of Redditch Borough Council and Bromsgrove District Council, and Clare Hudson, programme manager at the LGA, talk to PSE about how shared management can act as a springboard for transformation and improve service...

Public sector outsourcing: a marriage that must work

03.07.17: Kerry Hallard, the president of the Global Sourcing Association, argues that despite some highly-publicised cases of breakdowns in public sector outsourcing, the relationship has generated much success. The public sector and the sourcing in...

Commit to thinking differently

30.06.17: The drive to cut costs has invoked an efficient and sustainable entrepreneurial spirit at Birmingham City Council (BCC) that is now set to play a major part in the local authority’s future, writes Ken Lyon, its head of commercialism. ...

Councils must push for shared services with wider public sector, says LGA

29.06.17: Shared services between councils have found £643m in overall efficiency savings, but best practice must move beyond local authority boundaries now to be delivered in the wider public sector, the LGA has today said. In its latest share...

The future of localism

23.06.17: There have been a lot of opportunities for democratic participation in the UK recently – a referendum, local elections, six new metro mayors and now a snap general election, all within the last 12 months, reflects Tony Armstrong, chief exe...

Shared Services & Outsourcing Week: taking the leap

15.06.17: Official media partner PSE reports from this year’s European iteration of the Shared Services & Outsourcing Week (SSOW), which took place in Manchester from 15-18 May. This year’s edition of the SSOW, of which PSE was an off...

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...

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14/08/2017Time for reflection

A lot has happened since the last edition of PSE was published. In particular, the snap general election delivered an astounding result that many of the pollsters and political experts could not have predicted when Theresa May initially called for it back in April. Chris Painter, Professor Emeritus at Birmingham City University, provides ... read more >

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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 >
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Tower Hamlets taking steps to reverse the decline of LGBT+ venues

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Tower Hamlets council has recently confirmed that the former site of a popular gay bar, the Joiners Arms, must include an LGBT+ club for the next 25 years. Many people will be pleased to note that the council voted unanimously to ensure that any demolition of the building would only be approved if a late-night venue was built to replace i... more >
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Making the devolution revolution work

23/10/2017Making the devolution revolution work

It’s time we take the politics out of devolution to ensure deals are dictated by local need, writes Mike Cherry, national chairman at the F... more >
United we stand, divided we fall

23/10/2017United we stand, divided we fall

David Pearson, Nottinghamshire County Council’s corporate director of adult social care and public health and the sustainability and transf... more >
An opportunity to join two agendas

23/10/2017An opportunity to join two agendas

Ahead of the King’s Fund annual conference in November, Dr Durka Dougall, the organisation’s senior consultant, says the health and c... more >
Support for councils following Grenfell

04/09/2017Support for councils following Grenfell

Ian Moore, CEO of the Fire Industry Association (FIA), discusses the wider lessons of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire and what measures and assess... more >

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‘The HSCN is the realisation of industry best practice’

30/06/2017‘The HSCN is the realisation of industry best practice’

Keith Smith, public sector business development manager at Virgin Media Business, tells PSE’s Luana Salles that health and social care orga... more >
HSCN: The enabler for a more joined-up public sector

26/06/2017HSCN: The enabler for a more joined-up public sector

Mark Hall, Chief Assurance Officer at Redcentric, discusses NHS Digital’s project, the new Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) and what b... 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 >
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 >

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