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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...

Children’s services at ‘tipping point’ as austerity agenda continues

06.12.16: Council children’s services are nearing a “tipping point” as rates of referrals for suspected abuse continue to rise without a corresponding increase in funding, the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS)...

‘Fresh approach’ needed to integrate health and employment services, review finds

06.12.16: Employment and health services for individuals suffering from obesity and drug and alcohol addiction should be delivered using a joint approach, a major new review from Professor Dame Carol Black has recommended. Professor Black’s rev...

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21/02/2017Untapped potential

As PSE went to press, the government had just released its Industrial Strategy green paper, which has an ambitious aim to “improve living standards and economic growth by increasing productivity and driving growth across the whole country”.  Overall, the strategy was welcomed across the public sector. However, as you&rsqu... read more >

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Parliament cannot solve homelessness through legislation alone

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Why opening up procurement matters to the UK public sector

22/03/2017Why opening up procurement matters to the UK public sector

Rob Levene, managing director of Bloom, explains why opening up procurement is important to the UK public sector.  Procuring products and services by the UK public sector is big business. The central government procurement budget is estimated to be worth £40bn. So it is no surprise that procurement is a subject that generates a... more >
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Time to embrace change

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The way we work is changing. As a profession, we must be ready to embrace it, writes James Driver on behalf of the Association for Project Manage... more >
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01/03/2017Digital Marketplace: reaching far and wide in the public sector

Over the next few months, the Government Digital Service (GDS) wants to get a better understanding of how local government and the wider public s... more >
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Malcolm Harbour CBE, who wrote Parliament’s first report on innovation in public procurement in 2008 and now chairs the LGA Task and Finish... more >
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Dr Mark Begbie, business development director at CENSIS, the Scottish Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems, explores how Glasgow is l... more >

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Leading transformational change through procurement

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Liz Welton, chair of the Society of Procurement Officers in Local Government (SOPO), tells PSE’s David Stevenson why there are lots of oppo... more >
McMahon: I worry that the public are not part of the devolution conversation

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Jim McMahon, Labour’s shadow minister for local government and devolution, talks to PSE’s David Stevenson about the need to radically... more >
Solace president mandate: Champion diversity and celebrate great public services

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Jo Miller, the recently-elected president of Solace, talks to PSE about the need for championing great public services and ensuring inclusion at ... more >
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Central government has faced strong criticism of its many estate schemes in recent years, but one in particular seems to steer clear of the backl... more >

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