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Neighbourhood services: truly the politics of place

15.06.17: Paul O’Brien, chief executive of the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE), explores the impact of austerity on neighbourhood services, and warns of the consequences of this continuing downward trajectory in funding which risks...

Council cuts lead to ‘alarming’ drop in pest control responses

07.06.17: Cuts to council budgets have led to a sharp drop in the number of pest control issues responded to by local authorities, it has today been revealed. A Freedom of Information (FoI) investigation by the British Pest Control Association (BPCA)...

Litterers to face heavy fines or community service under new strategy

10.04.17: Litterers could be slapped with fines of up to £150 or face community service as part of a new government drive to crackdown on rubbish covering the country’s roads, pavements and green areas. The guidance released today in the...

Sheffield council considers cancelling waste contract 20 years early

11.01.17: A waste contract intended to run until 2036 could be cancelled early as Sheffield City Council struggles to balance its budget, potentially putting 180 jobs at risk. The council said the contract with Veolia, signed in 2001, no longer offer...

Councils hail ‘huge victory’ on waste VAT exemption

23.09.16: Councils will be able to keep their exemption from VAT on commercial waste collections following a High Court ruling. The High Court rejected the judicial review challenge from a commercial waste company yesterday. The LGA had previous...

Bristol opts for integrated waste service

15.08.16: Bristol City Council has appointed Bristol Waste Company (BWC) to provide the city with an integrated waste service over the next 10 years. BWC, a limited company, wholly owned by Bristol Holding Company Limited, which is a company wholly o...

Local authorities given new on-the-spot powers to fight fly-tipping

09.05.16: From today, councils in England and Wales will be able to fight fly-tipping by fining offenders up to £400 on the spot. The fixed-penalty notices will be issued by council enforcement officials for dumping of small-scale items such as...

Councils and Whitehall team up for first national litter strategy

07.12.15: Councils and partners will work with central government on the country’s first-ever national litter clampdown to ensure a joined-up approach to the growing issue. Whitehall announced the launch of the national strategy this weekend as...

Councils need more powers to stop fly-tippers and should work with shops – LGA

26.10.15: Local authorities must get more effective powers to deter fly-tippers and should team up with major supermarkets to tackle the growing number of dumped trolleys, which cost councils up to £50m per year, the LGA has said. Citing govern...

More money going on fly-tipping when it could fund critical services – LGA

01.09.15: Fly-tipping across England is continuing to rise, with the cost to councils escalating, new figures show.  A Freedom of Information request by the Press Association to more than 200 councils, who gave information for the past three fin...

Bury recycling rates tops charts due to pioneer scheme

07.08.15: Bury has cut its landfill waste by nearly 4,000 tonnes and increased its recycling rate by over 10% since becoming the first council in the country to adopt a controversial three-weekly grey bin collection policy last year. Figures for May...

Fly-tipping levels and costs at a record high

27.07.15: Local authorities are urging retailers to provide ‘take back’ services after spending millions of pounds annually clearing up bulky waste and enforcing against record fly-tipping levels. Latest figures show that councils had to...

Councils account for highest variation in local recycling

27.07.15: Factors within councils’ own control – not just demographics – account for most of the variation of recycling rates across the UK, research by resource efficiency experts WRAP has shown. WRAP identified these influenc...

LGA calls for change in powers to tackle ‘car litter louts’

06.07.15: Local authorities outside of London are calling for new powers to tackle the “spiralling” problem of car litter louts across the country.  Councils outside the capital are currently powerless in fining the nation’s ca...

Better waste management buying could save up to £70m per year

30.03.15: Joining forces to buy bin lorries and wheelie bins could save councils across England up to £70m per year, it has been estimated.  A DCLG commissioned report, carried out by Local Partnerships, a joint agency of the Local Governm...

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‘Fundamental rethink’ on social housing needed as Javid brings forward green paper

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Birmingham recalls Improvement Panel following ‘serious setbacks’

20/09/2017Birmingham recalls Improvement Panel following ‘serious setbacks’

Birmingham City Council’s improvement panel is to stay at the city, despite the authority telling the DCLG that it no longer required its s... more >

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14/08/2017Time for reflection

A lot has happened since the last edition of PSE was published. In particular, the snap general election delivered an astounding result that many of the pollsters and political experts could not have predicted when Theresa May initially called for it back in April. Chris Painter, Professor Emeritus at Birmingham City University, provides ... 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 >
‘Fundamental rethink’ on social housing needed as Javid brings forward green paper

20/09/2017‘Fundamental rethink’ on social housing needed as Javid brings forward green paper

A wide-ranging, top-to-bottom green paper on social housing is to be brought forward by the government, Sajid Javid has this week announced. Speaking at the National Housing Federation confe... more >
Cost benefit analysis of government infrastructure ‘misused and poorly communicated’

20/09/2017Cost benefit analysis of government infrastructure ‘misused and poorly communicated’

The government must improve its system for valuing the costs and benefits of its infrastructure to improve the delivery of key projects, experts have today revealed.   In a report calle... more >

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How do we deliver true social and economic value for the community?

18/09/2017How do we deliver true social and economic value for the community?

Five years on from the introduction of the Social Value Act, Alison Ramsey, frameworks co-ordinator at Scape Procure, reflects on the key questions that prompted the legislation’s introduction. The Social Value Act was an important landmark. It decisively addressed the need for major public projects led by all public bodies to maxim... more >
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Support for councils following Grenfell

04/09/2017Support for councils following Grenfell

Ian Moore, CEO of the Fire Industry Association (FIA), discusses the wider lessons of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire and what measures and assess... more >
A quiet revolution

04/09/2017A quiet revolution

Dermot Ryan, programme director at NHS Digital for the Health and Social Care Network (HSCN), talks to PSE about the importance of moving to the ... more >
Effective leadership in uncertain times

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Dr David Beech, lecturer in people management at Salford Business School, argues that continuous renewal and progress is fundamental to effective... more >
Refocusing professional development

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Graeme McDonald, managing director of Solace, discusses the importance of taking time out to focus on learning, especially in the ever-changing l... 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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