Service Transformation

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....

Getting the most from the public sector in a time of adversity

14.08.17: In the tumultuous age of Brexit, devolution, diversity and localism, there was plenty on the Public Sector Show 2017 agenda to talk about. PSE’s Josh Mines reports from a busy day at ExCel London.  While topics ranging from Brexi...

Delivering social value in public sector procurement

07.08.17: Theresa Grant, CEO of Trafford Council, explains how local authorities in the Greater Manchester area are making every penny of public spend provide that little bit more value for money. ‘Prisoners in Forest Bank Prison in Salford are bei...

Stronger together

03.07.17: Kevin Dicks, the chief executive of Redditch Borough Council and Bromsgrove District Council, and Clare Hudson, programme manager at the LGA, talk to PSE about how shared management can act as a springboard for transformation and improve service...

Public sector outsourcing: a marriage that must work

03.07.17: Kerry Hallard, the president of the Global Sourcing Association, argues that despite some highly-publicised cases of breakdowns in public sector outsourcing, the relationship has generated much success. The public sector and the sourcing in...

Commit to thinking differently

30.06.17: The drive to cut costs has invoked an efficient and sustainable entrepreneurial spirit at Birmingham City Council (BCC) that is now set to play a major part in the local authority’s future, writes Ken Lyon, its head of commercialism. ...

Councils must push for shared services with wider public sector, says LGA

29.06.17: Shared services between councils have found £643m in overall efficiency savings, but best practice must move beyond local authority boundaries now to be delivered in the wider public sector, the LGA has today said. In its latest share...

The future of localism

23.06.17: There have been a lot of opportunities for democratic participation in the UK recently – a referendum, local elections, six new metro mayors and now a snap general election, all within the last 12 months, reflects Tony Armstrong, chief exe...

Shared Services & Outsourcing Week: taking the leap

15.06.17: Official media partner PSE reports from this year’s European iteration of the Shared Services & Outsourcing Week (SSOW), which took place in Manchester from 15-18 May. This year’s edition of the SSOW, of which PSE was an off...

Collaborative working is the key to the future at home and abroad

28.04.17: David Hawkins, operations director at the Institute for Collaborative Working (ICW), on why ISO 44001 is a new evolution in collaborative working. The past 12 months have seen seismic changes both across Europe and the US. Brexit will undou...

Adopting design to tackle service challenges

13.04.17: Design Council’s director of growth and innovation, Ellie Runcie, on how design can enable service transformation and why London is next to benefit from the successful Design in the Public Sector programme. It has been nearly two year...

City council launches petition against ‘massive threat’ of One Oxfordshire plan

14.02.17: Oxford City Council has launched an online petition against what it perceives are “disastrous” plans by the region’s county council to abolish all six existing authorities to create a new unitary. The ‘One Oxfordshir...

Javid signals plan to return majority of powers back to Rotherham

13.02.17: Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council is set to regain the majority of its powers, almost two years after the government appointed commissioners to oversee the local authority after an investigation into child sexual exploitation found it &lsqu...

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Sheffield City Region announces major housing pilot

23/11/2017Sheffield City Region announces major housing pilot

Sheffield City Region (SCR) will begin to assess applications for new housing schemes as part of an £8m pilot project across the area. ... more >
London council to launch ‘ethical debt collection’ for residents

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Council told to reimburse Suffolk woman charged for care she never received

23/11/2017Council told to reimburse Suffolk woman charged for care she never received

Suffolk County Council has been hit by criticism from the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) after a woman was wrongly charged for ... 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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City-centric, deeply disappointing and a nightmare – criticisms pile against the Budget

22/11/2017City-centric, deeply disappointing and a nightmare – criticisms pile against the Budget

It’s been a busy day in the PSE office. Philip Hammond’s Autumn Budget included a number of interesting announcements, ranging from new devolution deals and housing measures to changes to business rates. This year’s Statement was described well by Lord Bob Kerslake, who said it had been a “mixed bag” for hous... more >
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Driving forward a healthier Scotland

10/11/2017Driving forward a healthier Scotland

Dundee City Council is leading the way in boosting electric vehicle (EV) uptake in Scotland, writes Rebecca Wallace from the local authority&rsqu... more >
A smarter approach to digital transformation

10/11/2017A smarter approach to digital transformation

Catherine Bright, Smarter Digital Services (SDS) manager, explains how a partnership of 12 councils across Kent and Surrey are jointly funding a ... more >
Delivering on estates

10/11/2017Delivering on estates

Sam Ulyatt, strategic category commercial director at the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), on how a new framework can help public sector organisat... more >
Open for business

10/11/2017Open for business

Clare Moore, senior specialist of valuation and disposals at the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), explains how public sector bodies looking to... more >

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‘The HSCN is the realisation of industry best practice’

30/06/2017‘The HSCN is the realisation of industry best practice’

Keith Smith, public sector business development manager at Virgin Media Business, tells PSE’s Luana Salles that health and social care orga... more >
HSCN: The enabler for a more joined-up public sector

26/06/2017HSCN: The enabler for a more joined-up public sector

Mark Hall, Chief Assurance Officer at Redcentric, discusses NHS Digital’s project, the new Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) and what b... more >
Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

25/04/2017Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

Ahead of this year’s mayoral elections, Lord Kerslake, the former head of the Civil Service, tells PSE’s David Stevenson why the argu... more >
New social care funding misses the point

13/04/2017New social care funding misses the point

Clive Betts MP, chair of the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee, reflects on the social care funding released in this year’s ... more >

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