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Our stories should be strengths on which we build

18.04.17: Carolyn Wilkins OBE, CEO of Oldham Council, discusses the important role local government can play in enabling and empowering people to tell their own positive stories. In Oldham, we’re constantly looking for ways to improve in our ro...

Benefit cuts and tax changes to hit poorest third of households hardest

03.04.17: The richest half of the population will benefit from four fifths of the cuts to tax and benefits that the government will introduce this week, a report by the Resolution Foundation has revealed. In plans that are set to be implemented...

Cuts to funds driving challenges to children’s care to ‘a whole new dimension’

21.03.17: Councils are facing “a whole new dimension” of issues with children’s social care due to the increasingly complex and difficult challenges stemming from online grooming and refugee children, a report published by the All-Party...

Children in poor areas ‘10 times’ more likely to be in cash-strapped care system

28.02.17: A UK-wide study has found that children in the country’s poorest areas are at least 10 times more likely to be involved in the child protection system than those in the most affluent areas, a statistic that has highlighted the state of ine...

Services failing children with complex needs as national data ‘not fit for purpose’

23.02.17: Concern has been voiced by the National Children’s Bureau that government and local authority services for children with complex needs are insufficient to cater for a growing number of children and families requiring specialist care. ...

Handful of councils bearing the brunt as refugees concentrated in most deprived areas

31.01.17: The government’s future accommodation contracts used to house asylum seekers must address the challenges in securing housing in other local authority areas, especially where there is limited availability or where housing is expensive, coun...

LGA calls for devolution of job centres

20.01.17: Job centres do not help enough unemployed people get back to work, hence why employment and skills funding should be devolved to councils for an integrated place-based strategy instead, the LGA has said. Analysis by the Learning and Working...

NAO: Risks of outsourcing HMRC tax credits ‘outweighed the benefits’

17.01.17: HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) will not use another third-party provider to review and correct tax credit payments after its disastrous contract with Concentrix, a new report has said. The National Audit Office’s (NAO’s) report...

BASW: Nine out of ten social workers want an independent regulator

10.01.17: Almost 90% of social workers in England believe that regulation of their work should stay independent of government, according to a new poll of the profession. The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) surveyed 1,100 of its members a...

Child development a ‘life chances postcode lottery’

03.01.17: The poorest children in wealthy local authorities are falling behind on key development goals compared to their richer peers by the age of five, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has found. Analysis from the charity showed that the local autho...

Winners of new homelessness prevention funding announced

22.12.16: The successful bidders for new national funding to reduce homelessness have been announced. In a visit to Thames Reach Employment Academy in Southwark yesterday, prime minister Theresa May and the communities secretary, Sajid Javid, reveale...

Councils awarded share of £25m disabilities fund

21.12.16: The winners of £25m of funding to help local people with learning disabilities live in their own homes have been announced. The Department of Health fund will be used to adapt existing houses and create new accommodation. Measures to...

Misleading to claim Troubled Families programme worked

20.12.16: The flagship Troubled Families Programme prioritised ‘tick in a box’ results over delivering a meaningful impact and suffered from severe delays in publishing its evaluation, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has found. The pr...

Lambeth Council to pay tens of millions to Shirley Oaks survivors

19.12.16: Lambeth Council has publicly apologised and paid out tens of millions of pounds in compensation  after a new report revealed the abuse suffered by thousands of children in its Shirley Oaks care homes, which was one of the biggest care homes...

‘Unacceptably slow’ reforms leaving children at risk, warn MPs

16.12.16: Child protection services are failing to show improvement despite promises from the Department for Education (DfE) to deliver reforms, leaving many children at risk of harm, the Public Accounts Committee has argued in a new report. The DfE...

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Watchdog slams local product recall systems as ‘not fit for purpose’

21/07/2017Watchdog slams local product recall systems as ‘not fit for purpose’

The UK has a “fragmented” product safety and recall system that is putting people’s lives in danger, a major consumer watchdog ... more >
Edinburgh region given £1.1bn boost to drive investment and inclusion

21/07/2017Edinburgh region given £1.1bn boost to drive investment and inclusion

A deal worth £1.1bn to drive investment and address inclusion in the Edinburgh and South-East Scotland area was yesterday signed by the UK ... more >
Council wins ‘landmark’ Supreme Court battle to recoup £1.3m licensing costs

21/07/2017Council wins ‘landmark’ Supreme Court battle to recoup £1.3m licensing costs

A London council has this week celebrated a landmark judgement which could see it recover up to £1.3m in regulatory and enforcement costs. ... more >

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15/06/2017Challenges remain

As PSE went to press, we were days away from finding out which political party or parties would be leading the country following Theresa May’s decision to call a snap general election for 8 June.  Whoever enters the door at No.10, irrelevant of their political colour, is faced with serious challenges, from social care to the NH... read more >

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National policies won’t fix local problems

National policies won’t fix local problems

Andrew Carter, the recently-appointed chief executive of Centre for Cities, argues that the new government will only succeed if it focuses on implementing policies that are adaptable to place-based needs. Throughout the short-lived election... more > more last word articles >
Watchdog slams local product recall systems as ‘not fit for purpose’

21/07/2017Watchdog slams local product recall systems as ‘not fit for purpose’

The UK has a “fragmented” product safety and recall system that is putting people’s lives in danger, a major consumer watchdog has this week warned. Findings from Which? st... more >
Edinburgh region given £1.1bn boost to drive investment and inclusion

21/07/2017Edinburgh region given £1.1bn boost to drive investment and inclusion

A deal worth £1.1bn to drive investment and address inclusion in the Edinburgh and South-East Scotland area was yesterday signed by the UK and Scottish governments. The deal was signed... more >

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Councillors celebrated in Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2017

19/06/2017Councillors celebrated in Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2017

A number of local government leaders and figures have been named in the Queen’s 2017 Birthday Honours list. The list recognises the achievements of people across a number of different sectors by handing out awards for services to their respective fields. All in all, 1,109 people received an award this year, as 554 (50%) of peop... more >
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Changing our commissioning approach

03/07/2017Changing our commissioning approach

Michelle Atkinson, commissioning manager at Leeds City Council, explains how the local authority has changed its approach to commissioning homeca... more >
Reinventing local government

03/07/2017Reinventing local government

The time has come for councils to adopt a ‘changemaking’ culture in order to drive a radical reinvention in local government, argues ... more >
Public sector outsourcing: a marriage that must work

03/07/2017Public sector outsourcing: a marriage that must work

Kerry Hallard, the president of the Global Sourcing Association, argues that despite some highly-publicised cases of breakdowns in public sector ... more >
Harnessing data sharing in transport

30/06/2017Harnessing data sharing in transport

Simon White of Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) argues that the UK can be at the forefront of innovative mobility solutions if the government enc... 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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