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Ten UK cities shortlisted for £840m fund to upgrade transport

01.10.18: The 10 city regions shortlisted for a share of the £840m fund to improve transport links and upgrade city public transport have been announced. Theresa May's shortlist marks the next stage of the £1.7bn Transforming Cities...

Oxford City Council launches commercial drone service

11.09.18: Oxford City Council’s service delivery arm has announced drone-based services including roof and building surveying, land mapping and filming. Introduced by the Oxford Direct Services (ODS), it is the first council-owned org...

Inspiring leadership in social value

03.09.18: We have learned a lot since the last National Social Value Conference, with many organisations both in the public and private sectors now embedding social value into commissioning and procurement. Guy Battle, chief executive at Social Value Port...

The power of kindness

23.08.18: Carnegie UK Trust fellow Julia Unwin CBE discusses the direction that public services are going, and argues that well-intentioned reforms might put efficiency ahead of basic human kindness and interaction. There are words that we use in our...

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...

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Scandal-hit Conservative council elects Labour leader

16/10/2018Scandal-hit Conservative council elects Labour leader

Labour have managed to take control of a Conservative-led council following an “internal war” among the Tory councillors, with Labour... more >
Councils found more than £300m in fraud during 2017-18

16/10/2018Councils found more than £300m in fraud during 2017-18

UK councils detected or prevented a total of £302m in fraud in 2017-18, according to CIPFA. The organisation found that the number of ... more >
Former Westminster council pensions boss found guilty of £1m fraud

16/10/2018Former Westminster council pensions boss found guilty of £1m fraud

A former employee of Westminster City Council has been found guilty of stealing nearly £1m from the council pension fund. Ian Woodall,... 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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What cities should become

15/10/2018What cities should become

Tom Leaver, project manager at Future Cities Catapult, examines the rationale behind the creation of the City Data Sharing Toolkit, and explores how this is driving a seismic shift in how cities evolve into our data-rich future. We’re used to big-screen sci-fi future cities being dystopian monoliths to everything wrong with the worl... more >
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Inspiring leadership in social value

15/10/2018Inspiring leadership in social value

We have learned a lot since the last National Social Value Conference, with many organisations both in the public and private sectors now embeddi... more >
Is fair funding possible, or pie in the sky?

15/10/2018Is fair funding possible, or pie in the sky?

David Phillips, associate director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, discusses the current health of local government finance, and how a bette... 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 >
The Convention of the North

15/10/2018The Convention of the North

Steve Rotheram, mayor of the Liverpool City Region, discusses the findings of the very first Convention of the North, which was held in Newcastle... more >

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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 >
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 >
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 >

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