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Local councils urge government to rethink school transport as bill set to soar to £1.2bn by 2024

04.11.19: The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents councils in England, has revealed today that unsustainable costs and demand pressures on free home-to-school transport will cost councils £1.2bn a year by 2024. Approximately 55...

Kidbrooke to receive hundreds of new affordable homes

01.11.19: Notting Hill Genesis and Transport for London, working together as part of the Kidbrooke Partnership LLP joint venture, have been given the go-ahead to deliver more than 600 homes, of which 50 per cent will be affordable, in Kidbrooke. This...

£2m investment to make buses more accessible for disabled passengers

29.10.19: Today it was announced that buses across Great Britain are set to be made more accessible for disabled passengers following a new partnership with the Real Time Information Group (RTIG). The group, which is set to work alongside the Departm...

More than £400m available for school and college improvements

28.10.19: Academies and sixth form colleges across England will see huge facility transformations and improvements with share of more than £400m. The multi-million-pound government fund, open today (Oct 28), can be used by academies and sixth f...

Neglected women’s refuge reopened as Salford social housing

23.10.19: A former Salford women’s refuge, which has stood empty for five years, has re-opened today (Oct 23) after being transformed into social housing. Joan Lestor House on Ellesmere Street in Walkden, named after Labour MP Baroness Lestor o...

Billingham Railway station to receive £2m for disabled access

21.10.19: Ben Houchen, Tees Valley Mayor, has announced a £1m investment to help add disabled access to Billingham Railway Station. The station, built in the 1960’s, is currently the only railway station in the Tees Valley with no disable...

Blueprint for single unitary Leicestershire council published

15.10.19: Detailed proposals for creating a single unitary council covering the whole of Leicestershire, and abolishing the county’s seven district authorities, have been published. The 100-page draft blueprint compares the different options fo...

The Queen’s Speech Roundup: Crime, social care and devolution bills

14.10.19: Boris Johnson has set out his Government’s major policies on crime, the environment and Brexit in today’s Queen Speech, including the announcement that a Devolution White Paper will be published. Housing safety in the wake of Gr...

UK heritage and culture to receive £250m investment

14.10.19: The role of culture in communities is being reinforced with a £250m investment for young people and local growth. Cultural projects, museums, libraries and other creative industries have reason to celebrate after the Culture Secretary...

Government announces Britain bus revolution

30.09.19: Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has announced today (30 September) plans for ‘Superbus’ networks in Britain. The cutting-edge plans will see bus fares fall and service frequency rise with new all-electric buses. The gove...

Andy Burnham reveals plans for a transformed ‘London style’ system for Greater Manchester

30.09.19: The Mayor of Greater Manchester has today announced his bold new masterplan for a ‘London style’ transport system of integrated train journeys and multi-modal zonal ticketing. Launching the plans today, Andy Burnham expressed hi...

Council re-think scrapping meals in the community

17.09.19: Subsidised meals in the community could be kept for some residents depending on senior councillor consideration. Over the summer, East Sussex County Council considered plans to remove the meals in the community subsidy in a bid to make almo...

Tees Valley Combined Authority £257m transport plan unveiled

28.08.19: A transport plan outlining priorities and proposals for the future of all forms of transport in the Tees Valley has been launched by the Combined Authority. The Strategic Transport Plan draft was launched by councillor Heather Sco...

Councils save £100m through LGA sector-led improvements

21.08.19: Councils have saved more than £100m in the past year through a sector-led improvement (SLI) offer set up by the Local Government Association (LGA). The LGA said all councils have received support from the scheme in the last 12 months...

TechnologyOne: The shared services boom

06.08.19: Is austerity really over? Even if it is, that doesn’t mark the end of shared services for local government. Anwen Robinson, UK Operating Officer at TechnologyOne explains. In the 2018 Autumn statement, chancellor Philip Hamm...

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Living Wage Foundation calls for employers to join as UK Living Wage rises

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The Living Wage Foundation has announced a new UK Living Wage hourly rate of £9.30 per hour, an increase of 30p per hour. The new Lond... more >
A week until the People’s Powerhouse Event

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Cheshire East Council on track to achieve £1 billion target in visitor economy by 2020

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Recent survey reveals Cheshire East is thriving as tourism continues to boom. The visitor economy has increased by £43m compared to the pre... 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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Prevention: Investing for the future

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Rob Whiteman, CEO at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance (CIPFA), discusses the benefits of long-term preventative investment. Rising demand, reducing resource – this has been th... more > more last word articles >
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Social value shouldn’t be some scary, omnipotent phrase. It’s time to make a difference.

01/11/2019Social value shouldn’t be some scary, omnipotent phrase. It’s time to make a difference.

Following a survey of public sector organisations and their incorporation of social value into the procurement process, in partnership with Wates and the Social Value Portal, Public Sector Executive’s Matt Roberts evaluates one of the clear challenges presented by the data.   Social value is a procurement buzz phrase at t... more >
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Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Being on the receiving end of some “thanks” can make communit... more >
How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

19/06/2019How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

Tom Chance, director at the National Community Land Trust Network, argues that community-led initiatives are a productive way of helping to solve... more >
Aberdeen's green transport fleet attracting international attention

19/06/2019Aberdeen's green transport fleet attracting international attention

Aberdeen City Council’s hydrogen spokesperson, councillor Philip Bell, highlights the Granite City’s determination to play a leading ... more >
A fifth of public sector workers have never received a thank you from the people they serve

13/06/2019A fifth of public sector workers have never received a thank you from the people they serve

A fifth of the country’s public sector workers say they have NEVER received a ‘thank you’ for doing their job as Public Service... more >

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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 >
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 >
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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