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Essex council announces £1bn construction deal

22.03.19: An Essex council has announced a £1bn contract in a joint venture to regenerate council sites and deliver new homes and commercial facilities. Brentwood Borough Council has named Morgan Sindall as its partner for the Limited Liability...

Councils' legal challenge against Buckinghamshire merger process rejected

22.03.19: An application from three district councils for a judicial review of the merger plans to create a single unitary council for Buckinghamshire has failed. South Buckinghamshire, Chiltern and Wycombe councils have been informed that their appl...

Local income tax could give councils billions in extra funding, IFS report reveals

21.03.19: A ‘local income tax’ could provide councils in the UK with an extra £6bn a year per 1% in order to help them meet rising costs and rising demands, economists have suggested. A report from the Institute of Fiscal Studies (I...

Commissioners report that Northamptonshire’s finances have ‘improved considerably’ but still risk ahead

21.03.19: The two government-appointed commissioners have reported that Northamptonshire County Council’s financial position has “improved considerably” and its budget plans for next year are “robust and realistic.” The...

Watchdog urges Scottish councils to make ‘fundamental changes’ to meet shifting demands

21.03.19: Scottish councils have been urged to make “fundamental, transformational changes” to how frontline services are designed and delivered and said that the “pace of change needs to improve.” A report from the Accounts C...

Northamptonshire CC to ask for DfE for more time over controversial early years funding cuts

20.03.19: Northamptonshire County Council is to ask the government for extra time to find a solution to its early years funding deficit after proposals for nearly £2m of cuts faced a backlash from residents. The cash-strapped council had propos...

Interserve handed ‘irresponsible’ public sector contracts worth over £660m prior to administration

19.03.19: Interserve handed out £660m worth of public sector contracts before it went into administration last week – which one union has called the “height of irresponsibility.” Interserve, which entered administration on Fri...

Stoke-on-Trent council’s ‘inadequate’ children services slammed by Ofsted in ‘outrageous dereliction of duty’

19.03.19: Vulnerable children are “not being protected” by Stoke-on-Trent City Council and are being failed by its “inadequate” services, Ofsted has found. An inspection of the children’s services in Stoke found that chi...

Birmingham bin dispute declared ‘over’ but strike action costs city council another £6m

18.03.19: The long-running Birmingham bin dispute appears to be over after the city council approved settlements worth £3,500 for each striking worker as it was revealed that the latest strikes have cost the council more than £5.8m. Unite...

Tees Valley to use compulsory purchase powers to bring former steelworks back into public ownership as Houchen declares ‘we won’t be held to ransom’

18.03.19: Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) has opted to use a compulsory purchase order (CPO) to bring the remaining 870 acres of land at a former steelworks site back into public ownership, ending a long-running dispute. Nearly 3,000 people at...

Clean growth collaboration for north west launched by local government and business leaders

15.03.19: A collection of local government, university, and business leaders have joined forces to secure £500m of ‘game-changing’ investment into the future of clean growth in the north west of England. Made up of council leaders a...

Interserve to go into administration as rescue deal rejected

15.03.19: One of the largest providers of public services in the UK is to go into administration after its largest shareholder led a rebellion against its financial rescue plan. Interserve has announced its parent company has applied for administrati...

‘Terrible’ foster care allegations of child abuse not investigated by Birmingham City Council

14.03.19: The local government ombudsman has ordered Birmingham City Council to address a long-standing complaint about child abuse which it said the council had “failed to investigate.” The complaint from 2014 related to abuse allegation...

Chancellor confirms three-year Spending Review imminent subject to a Brexit deal

14.03.19: The chancellor has announced he will launch a “full three-year Spending Review” before the summer break as long as Brexit is agreed and the “uncertainty lifted” in the next few weeks. In his Spring Statement, Philip...

Borderland authorities praise ‘game-changing’ funding of £345m for growth deal

14.03.19: A commitment of £345m for the Borderlands Growth Deal has been announced by the UK and Scottish governments. In the Spring Statement yesterday, chancellor Philip Hammond unveiled £260m of funding hours after the Scottish Governm...

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Essex council announces £1bn construction deal

22/03/2019Essex council announces £1bn construction deal

An Essex council has announced a £1bn contract in a joint venture to regenerate council sites and deliver new homes and commercial faciliti... more >
Council to pull out of government schools improvement body over rising costs and ‘major concerns’ over poor management

22/03/2019Council to pull out of government schools improvement body over rising costs and ‘major concerns’ over poor management

A Welsh council is to pull out of a government-run schools improvement scheme over concerns about how it is run and fears that the quadrupling of... more >
Councils' legal challenge against Buckinghamshire merger process rejected

22/03/2019Councils' legal challenge against Buckinghamshire merger process rejected

An application from three district councils for a judicial review of the merger plans to create a single unitary council for Buckinghamshire has ... 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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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 >
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Councils Can: LGA launches Spending Review campaign

18/03/2019Councils Can: LGA launches Spending Review campaign

Lord Porter, chairman of the Local Government Association, outlines his organisation’s campaign to make sure local government tops to government’s list for this year’s Spending Review. Our #CouncilsCan campaign to influence this year’s Spending Review is well underway and gathering momentum. The money local governm... more >
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Camberley inspired: investment and regeneration

11/03/2019Camberley inspired: investment and regeneration

The decline of the Great British high street has been one of the greatest concerns for local councils in recent years, leading to some innovative... more >
Swindon's solar-powered recycling centre saves council cash

11/03/2019Swindon's solar-powered recycling centre saves council cash

Steve Cains, head of power solutions at Public Power Solutions, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Swindon Borough Council, describes the benefits of... more >
National Infrastructure Commission: Progressing the North

11/03/2019National Infrastructure Commission: Progressing the North

The National Infrastructure Commission’s (NIC) National Infrastructure Assessment was released in July 2018, making a variety of recommenda... more >
SARS II: Recovery made easy

11/03/2019SARS II: Recovery made easy

Paul Bentley, of the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), introduces us to the Spend Analysis Recovery Framework: a no win no fee means of carrying ou... 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 >
Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

15/10/2018Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

On 6 September, the biggest decision-makers of the north joined forces to celebrate and debate how to drive innovation and improvement through th... more >

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