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Deliver NPR by 2032 and invest £100bn in northern transport by 2050, MPs demand

02.08.18: A cross-party group of MPs have written to the chancellor calling for £100bn of investment to transform the north of England’s transport by 2050. The letter welcomed the Treasury’s “ongoing commitment to deal with th...

Business case on the way for Nottinghamshire ‘super council’

13.07.18: Nottinghamshire has decided to proceed with a formal business case setting out plans to replace the current two-tier system in the region with a unitary authority after a vote was passed in yesterday’s Full Council meeting. By a sligh...

New £7.5m council fund to take digital innovation from ‘basement to boardroom’

05.07.18: The government has announced a £7.5m digital innovation fund to help councils transform their online services. The fund was announced at the LGA Conference in Birmingham yesterday by local government minister Rishi Sunak. BREAKIN...

Over £800m saved by councils sharing services

28.06.18: In a new analysis by the LGA, more than £800m of public money has been saved by councils sharing services. In its national shared services map, it shows that there are 555 separate shared services arrangements across England, providin...

Council could drop unitary status as mayor insists ‘there is no money left’

27.06.18: Torbay Council’s chief executive is reviewing the possibility of abandoning the authority’s unitary status and reverting to a district council after the mayor promised he was not crying wolf when saying that there was simply no money...

The hydrogen revolution

08.05.18: PSE’s Josh Mines takes a look at an innovative scheme in Sheffield that will see some of the first hydrogen-fuelled vans begin work in the authority’s road maintenance fleet. Air quality in the UK is a serious problem. A joint s...

Substance abuse and addiction services decline with lack of funding

01.05.18: Alcohol dependency services are at a crisis point and which is “undoubtedly” a result of a lack of funding from central government, a new survey has warned.  In a report from Alcohol Research UK and Alcohol Concern, the sur...

Public service accountability: bringing order to chaos?

04.04.18: Colin Copus, professor of local politics at the Faculty of Business and Law, Local Governance Research Unit at De Montfort University, and Paul O’Brien, chief executive of the Association for Public Service Excellence, consider the options...

Welsh Government announces plans to cut the number of councils

22.03.18: The Welsh Government has revealed plans this week to reduce the number of authorities in the country to just 10. Ministers say the plans would make “larger, stronger” councils and the government has launched a consultation on th...

Burnham calls for monthly tram reports after ‘serious incident’

07.03.18: Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has called on the Metrolink tram system to begin providing monthly reports after a ‘serious incident’ involving overhead lines. The report will publish statistics on the Metrolink’s...

CCS brings up contract notice for new £12bn SME-focused FM Marketplace

09.01.18: The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has today issued a contract notice for its new FM Management Marketplace. Using the terms of the new Public Sector Contract, this latest framework is aimed at cutting time and costs associated with procure...

Driving inclusive growth in the West Midlands

14.12.17: PSE’s Josh Mines reports from the Social Value Conference 2017, where mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street explained how social value is benefitting his region. One of the values behind the combined authorities that have been set up...

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....

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Councillor who described homosexuality as ‘immoral and wrong’ is suspended

15/08/2018Councillor who described homosexuality as ‘immoral and wrong’ is suspended

A Monmouthshire county councillor has been suspended for claiming that homosexuality is “unnatural, perverted, immoral and wrong.” ... more >
Government funding up for grabs as Brokenshire opens up garden communities project

15/08/2018Government funding up for grabs as Brokenshire opens up garden communities project

The communities secretary has called for a boost to garden towns across England in a new announcement for a garden communities project. Unde... more >
‘Unlawful’ Northamptonshire council plans to close libraries blocked by High Court

15/08/2018‘Unlawful’ Northamptonshire council plans to close libraries blocked by High Court

The insolvent Northamptonshire County Council’s attempts to make cuts to 21 libraries in the region have been halted by the High Court. ... 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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Don’t horse around! Council finds new home for house-bound pony

13/08/2018Don’t horse around! Council finds new home for house-bound pony

A council that took four years in a legal wrangle to remove a pony from an Isle of Lewis house may have found the four-legged beast a new home. Western Isles council removed Grey Lady Too – a Connemara pony that was taken into the home by pensioner Stephanie Noble on Christmas Eve in 2011 – from its residence in 2014 because i... more >
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A new era of opportunity for the north

13/08/2018A new era of opportunity for the north

It’s time to stop seeing transport investment as a nice-to-have: it’s a cut-through catalyst for growth in sectors across the north. ... more >
Council mergers: little gain, less democratic

13/08/2018Council mergers: little gain, less democratic

Dr Linze Schaap, associate professor at the Tilburg Centre for Regional Law and Governance, and Dr Niels Karsten, assistant professor at the Tilb... more >
Creating a council cloud-first approach

13/08/2018Creating a council cloud-first approach

Georgina Maratheftis, programme manager for local government at techUK, makes the case for wider adoption of cloud technology by local authoritie... more >
The strength of districts

13/08/2018The strength of districts

Cllr Isobel Darby, member lead for quality of life at the District Councils’ Network (DCN) and leader of Chiltern District Council, shares ... more >

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Modern policing: the future is bright

06/08/2018Modern policing: the future is bright

SPONSORED INTERVIEW The public sector, and policing in particular, has often been criticised as being slow to adapt to change. But now, says L... more >
Michael King: Time for Ombudsman reform

06/08/2018Michael King: Time for Ombudsman reform

Michael King first joined the Local Government Ombudsman service back in 2004 as deputy ombudsman. At the start of 2017, he was appointed as the ... more >
Helping a city understand itself

06/08/2018Helping a city understand itself

SPONSORED INTERVIEW The urban landscape is changing. How can local authorities keep up with citizen behaviour? Stephen Leece, managing directo... more >
Data at the heart of digital transformation

03/04/2018Data at the heart of digital transformation

SPONSORED INTERVIEW Grant Caley, UK & Ireland chief technologist at NetApp, speaks to PSE’s Luana Salles about the benefits of movin... more >

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