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PSE’s resident blogger, The Raven, picks over the carcass of public policy and management, at both local and central government level.

With an irreverent look at the news as it affects public sector management and national politics, these morsels of gossip and forthright opinion offer another take on the day’s events.

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Newcastle's 'twin cities'

18.02.19: Climate change is forcing cities to approach emergency situations differently – and Newcastle University, in partnership with Northumbrian Water, are looking at innovative methods to predict how a city will react in the future. Leading min...

Blog: Virgin Media Business support EvoNorth

13.02.19: "We are delighted to be a Strategic Partner to EvoNorth 2019. We’re looking forward to joining leaders from across the north to hear their vision for shaping the region and how we can help to make this a reality" EvoNorth welcome strategi...

Blog: Dr Hakim Yadi OBE, CEO of the Northern Health Science Alliance

11.02.19: With EvoNorth just around the corner, we caught up with Dr Hakim Yadi, CEO of the Northern Health Science Alliance, to find out why he is attending EvoNorth 27-28 Feb. What does your role as CEO of the Northern Health Science Alliance&...

Blog: Jacksons Fencing at EvoNorth 27-28 Feb 2019

11.02.19: Jacksons Fencing are proudly sponsoring and exhibiting at Evo North, a conference bringing together leaders from across the North of England responsible for shaping, building and delivering a Northern Powerhouse, later this month on the 27th and...

Blog: How EvoNorth can help you win new business

23.01.19: It's a chance to become a key Northern Powerhouse supplier Showcase and elevate your brand through one of our partnership options: ranging from taking to the stage and speaking from the main plenary, to hosting your own thought leadership m...

Blog: 5 minutes with Dr Tracy Vell MBE, Associate Lead for Primary and Community Care, Greater Manchester, Health and Social Care Partnership.

17.01.19: Ahead of next month’s EvoNorth event we caught up with Dr Tracy Vell MBE, Associate Lead for Primary and Community Care, Greater Manchester, Health and Social Care Partnership. Dr Tracy Vell MBE shares her thoughts on the Northern Power...

Blog: Top 5 reasons why you should claim your free EvoNorth delegate pass today

17.01.19: If you're looking to find out what's happening in the Northern Powerhouse, make new connections, and share innovative ways of working, confirm your attendance for EvoNorth on 27 - 28 Feb 2019. 1 - You'll gain an invaluable insight into what's...

Bus franchising is the biggest power new mayors have - they should use it

15.01.19: It will face opposition at first, but transitioning to a system of bus franchising is the best and only option to truly modernise transport systems across our city regions, argues Luke Raikes, senior research fellow at IPPR North. England&r...

Blog: Alex Heritage explains why he thinks EvoNorth is vital to shaping the future of the Northern Powerhouse

08.01.19: We caught up with Alex Heritage, Chief Executive at the NHS Transformation Unit, ahead of next month’s two-day exclusive networking event EvoNorth.  Alex, shares how his role as Chief Executive is transforming health, social care...

Future Cities: Accelerating the accelerators

07.01.19: Rob Whitehead, director of knowledge and communications at Future Cities Catapult, looks ahead to the exciting future of urban innovation. In the 1986 film ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,’ the titular hero proclaims: “Lif...

No end to austerity for local government

02.01.19: Dr Mia Gray and Dr Anna Barford, both of the University of Cambridge, argue that the ghost of austerity continues to haunt the local government landscape as many councils struggle to offset often profound budget cuts – especially across En...

Artificial intelligence has arrived - which way now?

18.12.18: Interested in artificial intelligence (AI) but confused about how to use it, or where to source the best technologies out there? Roderick Crawford, public sector director at SAS UK & Ireland, lends a helping hand. This has been a year o...

Don’t let a culture of resistance take hold of your organisation

17.12.18: If we want to introduce change throughout local government, then we have to encourage our people to buy-in, writes Danny Longbottom, director of local government and health at BT. In my role I have the privilege of meeting lots of people in...

Small businesses offer the big ideas for better public service

17.12.18: Partnering innovative SMEs with central government can help the civil service work smarter in the digital age, writes Tim Skinner, head of central government at BT. In an increasingly digital world, central government faces new challenges....

Blog: 5 minutes with Gary Wallis-Clarke, member of the Northern Powerhouse Education and Skills Group

12.12.18: Ahead of the upcoming networking extravaganza EvoNorth, we caught up with Gary Wallis-Clarke, a member of the Northern Powerhouse Education and Skills group, executive headteacher at West Jesmond Primary school, and its national...

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‘Enough is enough’: Powys County Council speaks out against cuts and demands fair deal from government

18/02/2019‘Enough is enough’: Powys County Council speaks out against cuts and demands fair deal from government

A Welsh authority set to increase its council tax by nearly 10% has publicly spoken out about the unfair funding formula for councils, and has ur... more >
Plastic packaging tax and weekly food collections in plans for government overhaul of national waste system

18/02/2019Plastic packaging tax and weekly food collections in plans for government overhaul of national waste system

The government has launched plans to overhaul the country’s waste system, with packaging producers potentially being required to cover the ... more >
Supreme Court to hear care workers' case in £400m Mencap sleep-in battle

18/02/2019Supreme Court to hear care workers' case in £400m Mencap sleep-in battle

Low-paid social care workers have won the right to appeal against a decision not to pay minimum wage to carers performing ‘sleep-in’ ... 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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Newcastle's 'twin cities'

18/02/2019Newcastle's 'twin cities'

Climate change is forcing cities to approach emergency situations differently – and Newcastle University, in partnership with Northumbrian Water, are looking at innovative methods to predict how a city will react in the future. Leading minds behind the project Chris Jones, Brett Cherry, and Professor Chris Kilsby tell more. Cities a... more >
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Acas and the people's powerhouse

18/02/2019Acas and the people's powerhouse

Ahead of her speaking slot at this year’s EvoNorth, Acas chief executive Susan Clews assesses the current climate of workplaces and what ma... more >
Chris Painter: May's failing Brexit project

18/02/2019Chris Painter: May's failing Brexit project

Chris Painter, professor emeritus at Birmingham City University, examines the reasons why prime minister Theresa May’s approach to Brexit h... more >
Creating powerful partnerships across the North

18/02/2019Creating powerful partnerships across the North

Colin Bell, business growth director at the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), talks about why partnership across the North is key to... more >
Bolton and Wigan's strategic ICT partnership: Crossing borders together

18/02/2019Bolton and Wigan's strategic ICT partnership: Crossing borders together

Alison Hughes, assistant director of strategic ICT partnership at Bolton & Wigan councils, explains how the two councils are collaboratively ... more >

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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 >
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 >
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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