Service Transformation

‘Bodies may be uncollected’: No-deal Brexit chaos could see council staff work from home for months

10.12.18: Bodies will remain uncollected and council staff may be forced to work from home for six months due to gridlocked roads in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Kent County Council has warned. In a damning report, Kent CC said that refuse would fi...

Councils must set out rough sleeping strategies by 2019 or face government action, Brokenshire warns

10.12.18: All councils must publish detailed rough sleeping and homelessness strategies by winter 2019 or face government intervention if they fail to do so as part of the government’s new road-map to end rough sleeping by 2027. James Brokenshi...

Despite opposition, Nottinghamshire submits case for new unitary authority

06.12.18: Plans for the creation of a new unitary authority responsible for providing all public services in Nottinghamshire have been published by the county council as it looks to deliver £27m annual savings. Nottinghamshire CC will decide ne...

Mayor of Tees Valley ploughs ahead with controversial airport buyout despite local council fightback

04.12.18: Mayor of the Tees Valley Combined Authority Ben Houchen has today announced a £40m deal to bring Durham Tees Valley Airport back into public ownership and a £45m investment to “dramatically overhaul” the two biggest...

‘Don’t throw out the rule book’ in the face of budget pressures warns ombudsman

04.12.18: The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) has challenged councils not to “throw out the rule book” as they redesign their services in the face of widespread budget cuts and service pressures. The new report from the...

Home care provider Allied Healthcare saved from bankruptcy

03.12.18: One of the largest home care providers in the UK has been sold two weeks after it announced it was selling or transferring all of its contracts after regulators reported it was on the brink of bankruptcy. Allied Healthcare, which provided o...

Four bidding to become North of Tyne’s first-ever mayor

30.11.18: Four candidates have put their names forward to stand as Labour’s North of Tyne mayoral candidate. Newcastle city councillor Jamie Driscoll and former North Tyneside cabinet member Ian Grayson have followed North East MEP Paul Brannen...

New children’s services commissioner takes over at Northamptonshire

30.11.18: The government has appointed a children’s services commissioner for Northamptonshire and issued a statutory direction to the county council requiring immediate improvement. The direction follows a damning report from Ofsted which said...

Brokenshire delays elections and opens consultation to take Northamptonshire unitary reform plans to next stage

29.11.18: As well as postponing local elections, James Brokenshire has announced a consultation with all Northamptonshire councils and other significant bodies on the reorganisation of local government in the region. The communities secretary said in...

‘We must be business-like’: Lancashire council eyes £77m cuts and 160 job losses to fight deficit

26.11.18: Lancashire County Council has revealed a sweeping new set of savings proposals worth £77m over the next four years, which includes cuts to vulnerable adult and children’s services and a total loss of 164 jobs. The planned cutbac...

Council writes to parents warning of ‘unprecedented cuts’ to schools to tackle deficit

26.11.18: Parents in Falkirk have been warned there will “unprecedented cuts” to schools as the council faces a £29m budget deficit over the next five years. Falkirk council has asked secondary school headteachers to find £2.5...

Yorkshire LEPs approve merger plans to secure ‘bigger share of the prize’

23.11.18: Two local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) in Yorkshire have both approved merger proposals to create a combined Yorkshire LEP responsible for billions of business and infrastructure investment. The new organisation will be responsible for in...

After backlash, Somerset council abandons plans to force staff to take unpaid Christmas leave

19.11.18: Somerset County Council has scrapped plans to force staff to take two days unpaid leave over Christmas. The cash strapped authority had planned for its employees to take unpaid leave between Christmas and New Year’s Day for the next t...

Newcastle City Council to cut 100 jobs in the face of £60m funding hole

12.11.18: Newcastle City Council has announced it will cut 100 jobs as the authority reveals it needs to make £60m in savings over the next three years to balance its budget. The city council has proposed raising council tax by 2.95% and implem...

Social value in public procurement

12.11.18: Rose Lasko-Skinner, researcher at Reform, is currently working on a paper looking at choice and competition in the public sector and has written on how failure to understand risk makes for poor procurement practices. Here, she discusses the impo...

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‘Bodies may be uncollected’: No-deal Brexit chaos could see council staff work from home for months

10/12/2018‘Bodies may be uncollected’: No-deal Brexit chaos could see council staff work from home for months

Bodies will remain uncollected and council staff may be forced to work from home for six months due to gridlocked roads in the event of a no-deal... more >
Major public services contractor seeking second rescue deal to avoid Carillion-style collapse

10/12/2018Major public services contractor seeking second rescue deal to avoid Carillion-style collapse

Interserve, one of the government’s largest outsourcing companies and provider of public services, has announced it is seeking a rescue dea... more >
Councils must set out rough sleeping strategies by 2019 or face government action, Brokenshire warns

10/12/2018Councils must set out rough sleeping strategies by 2019 or face government action, Brokenshire warns

All councils must publish detailed rough sleeping and homelessness strategies by winter 2019 or face government intervention if they fail to do s... 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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Re-energising citizen engagement

10/12/2018Re-energising citizen engagement

Could smart cities and social media be the perfect match? Simon Dennis, director of artificial intelligence and analytics innovation at SAS UK, reports.  Politics is a divisive issue and not simply from a philosophical standpoint. Engagement levels are highly polarised across different sections of society. We could postulate man... more >
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The digital buying community is live

12/11/2018The digital buying community is live

Many of the requirements from buyers posted on the Digital Marketplace were either non-compliant or poorly worded, which resulted in challenges f... more >
A force to be reckoned with

12/11/2018A force to be reckoned with

The South Bank plan, which refers to a number of investments and proposed activities across a massive plot of land south of the River Aire, is on... more >
Less for less: the risk of 'core offers'

12/11/2018Less for less: the risk of 'core offers'

As councils across England struggle with their finances in the face of massive cuts from central government, Simon Edwards, director of the Count... more >
A two-speed England

05/11/2018A two-speed England

Central government needs to change its approach to local transport planning and investment, including by consolidating funding and maximising dev... more >

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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 >
Cllr Cutts on dealing with children’s services pressures: ‘I can’t magic money out of the air’

26/09/2018Cllr Cutts on dealing with children’s services pressures: ‘I can’t magic money out of the air’

The leader of Nottinghamshire County Council has outlined her priorities for dealing with soaring demand of children’s services and social ... more >
Nottinghamshire considers unitary shake-up proposals in a bid to balance books

05/09/2018Nottinghamshire considers unitary shake-up proposals in a bid to balance books

Nottinghamshire County Council is considering proposals to scrap its current two-tier structure for a new unitary system in order to save on... more >

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