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

01.11.19: 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 clea...

NSPCC: Working together to improve the support available for children who have been sexually abused

08.10.19: Hayley Clark, the acting head of development and impact at the NSPCC, talks about the significant gap in support services for children who have been sexually abused and the Home Office’s new framework for commissioners. The complex an...

Jobcentre collaborative working improves outcomes in the community

25.09.19: JP Marks, director general of work and health services at the Department for Work and Pensions, argues the work of jobcentre work coaches overlaps with social workers, making the point that collaborative working is improving outcomes in the comm...

Northern Powerhouse Partner aims to connect the North once again

02.09.19: In February this year, official Northern Powerhouse Partner, Cognitive Publishing, delivered EvoNorth 2019.  The two day event was designed to amplify and highlight future developments the region has to offer - uniting leaders responsible f...

New rules to change the future of Social Value

05.06.19: The government has announced the introduction of new rules to change the future of social value and make the way housing developers stump up the money for infrastructure both simpler and more transparent. These regulatory changes are design...

Empower your reader, choose print

07.05.19: We are on a digital rollercoaster, swirling and twirling through a variety of different online advertising platforms – have we forgotten about traditional marketing platforms such as print? The UK is currently the global leader in adv...

Providing clean energy to Cornwall

29.04.19: Steve Ford, head of strategy and delivery at Cornwall Council, outlines the incredible work his authority has been doing to provide renewable energy to residents on the south-west coast. In July 2015, Cornwall Council made history by becomi...

Self-build builds potential for more and better homes

15.04.19: The director of The Right to Build Task Force – which advises stakeholders on bringing on more custom and self-build homes – Mario Wolf, who is currently on secondment from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, d...

Accounting will be key to tackling intergenerational equity

01.04.19: Alan Birmingham, CIPFA policy manager devolved governments, addresses a somewhat overlooked problem: intergenerational equity.    As public sector employees’ pension liabilities continues to take off, intergenerational equit...

Councils Can: LGA launches Spending Review campaign

18.03.19: Lord Porter, chairman of the Local Government Association, outlines his organisation’s campaign to make sure local government tops to government’s list for this year’s Spending Review. Our #CouncilsCan campaign to influenc...

Bromley's incredible journey in children's services

04.03.19: Interim chief executive, Ade Adetosoye OBE, reveals the story behind Bromley’s incredible improvement journey in Children’s Services. Improving the quality of services for children, young people and families at pace is a dauntin...

From empty home to home sweet home

25.02.19: Paul Dennett, city mayor of Salford, reports on how his council has been cracking down on empty homes. Salford City Council brought almost one empty home a day back into use between 2011 and 2016 – and the battle continues. The s...

Blog: LiveTiles at EvoNorth 27-28 Feb 2019

21.02.19: LiveTiles is proud to be sponsors of EvoNorth, taking place on 27-28 Feb 2019 at the Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground. Designed specifically for the North, by the North, EvoNorth is uniting over 300 leaders, influencers, and decision m...

Blog: DELL EMC support EvoNorth- Redefining Digital Transformation

21.02.19: Join DELL EMC for their presentation that will explore the continued advancement of technology driven by the four mega-trends of big data, always- connected mobile devices, social networks and cloud computing is resulting in an exponential growth...

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...

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

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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

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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

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Tom Chance, director at the National Community Land Trust Network, argues that community-led initiatives are a productive way of helping to solve... more >
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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

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Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

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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

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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’

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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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