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Council leader steps down amidst data breach probe

19.04.18: The leader of St Helen’s Council has resigned to protect his local authority while police investigate a “possible data breach.” It is believed that the allegations, which Barrie Grunewald has described as “spurious,&rdqu...

Employment support must work for all

19.04.18: London’s new Work and Health Programmes (WHPs), which have now gone live, will help thousands more people get into work across the capital, notes Cllr Claire Kober OBE, chair of London Councils. London is a vibrant, international city...

Former Rochdale council leader lied under oath to child sex abuse inquiry

12.04.18: A recently-resigned Rochdale council leader has been suspended by the Labour Party and is facing a police investigation after an official child abuse inquiry found he lied under oath during the hearing. The document, made by the Independent...

Council CEO misconduct investigation leader suspended for ‘concerning actions’

12.04.18: A councillor leading the investigation into two suspended officers at Cheshire East Council has himself been suspended. Conservative Cllr Howard Murray was asked to step down after concerns were raised over his behaviour whilst serving as c...

Local government pay deal to be implemented as Unison accepts offer

10.04.18: Public service union Unison has confirmed that it has now accepted the LGA’s pay offer. In January the union’s pay committee rejected the proposals before putting it to a members consultation. The two-year pay offer, covering the...

Council considers axing chief executive role

06.04.18: Following the announcement that chief executive Dorcas Bunton is to retire on 31 May, councillors of Derbyshire Dales District Council will next week consider whether or not to axe the top role.  Bunton, has worked in the public sector...

NHS demands flexibility over how it spends apprenticeship levy

28.03.18: NHS employers would like to see more flexibility over how they can spend their levy fund, a report has revealed. The report, ‘The apprenticeship levy study: NHS trusts,’ produced by BPP University, Health Education En...

Error means DWP ESA payments could be paying out £830m more than expected by 2022-23

22.03.18: An error in payments from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) means that it will need to pay between £570m to £830m more than expected by the end of 2022-23, according to the National Audit Office (NAO). Since 2011, the depar...

London City Hall’s progress with closing gender pay gap ‘barely noticeable’

20.03.18: The Greater London Authority (GLA) continues to have a significant gender pay gap, new data has revealed. According to the latest figures, the GLA Group has a gender pay gap due to a lack of women in senior roles. Yesterday saw the publicati...

Britain’s longest serving mayor deselected in favour of Momentum-backed candidate

19.03.18: The Labour mayor of the London Borough of Newham has been deselected by his party after more than two decades in the role. Sir Robin Wales, the current longest serving mayor in Britain, will be replaced by Rokhsana Fiaz, who is backed by ma...

Brighton council introduces ‘#MyPronounsAre’ campaign to allow staff to choose name badges

09.03.18: Brighton & Hove City Council has committed to a new scheme this week which will allow staff to choose which pronoun is used to described them. The #MyPronounsAre campaign is part of the upcoming Trans Day of Visibility, set for 30 March...

Apprenticeship levy – five myths busted

05.03.18: On the first day of National Apprenticeship Week 2018 (NAW 2018), the director of the National Apprenticeship Service, Sue Husband, challenges some of the key myths around the apprenticeship levy. NAW 2018 takes place from 5 to 9 March...

Developing our future leaders

05.03.18: Kerry Bishop, apprenticeship and qualification development manager at the LGSS (pictured), provides an insight into how the organisation is supporting its partner councils to invest in their employees through the apprenticeship levy. LGSS i...

Apprenticeship reforms driving sector skills success

02.03.18: DfE minister Anne Milton MP says apprenticeships are a great way to make sure our public sector has the skills it needs. An apprentice is a way for businesses to improve their skills base, attract diverse talent and encourage new ways of wo...

Khan’s £7m scheme to inspire ‘next generation of digital talent’ amid skills gap

01.03.18: London mayor Sadiq Khan is determined to tackle the growing shortage of digital skills in the capital through a new scheme that aims to inspire young people to form part of the next generation of tech talent. The initiative, set to launch t...

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Dorset merger could be at risk as Christchurch finds new route to legal challenge

20/04/2018Dorset merger could be at risk as Christchurch finds new route to legal challenge

There might still be a lawful route to legally challenge the government’s decision to merge councils across Dorset, Christchurch Borough Co... more >
North of Tyne devolution deal suffers another setback

20/04/2018North of Tyne devolution deal suffers another setback

The planned vote on 17 April on the North of Tyne devolution deal was suspended for a second time, giving the current combined authority’s ... more >
Councils should be able to confiscate criminal landlords’ properties, MPs say

20/04/2018Councils should be able to confiscate criminal landlords’ properties, MPs say

Local councils should be empowered to confiscate properties belonging to criminal landlords who exploit vulnerable tenants, MPs said today. ... 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 >
North of Tyne devolution deal suffers another setback

20/04/2018North of Tyne devolution deal suffers another setback

The planned vote on 17 April on the North of Tyne devolution deal was suspended for a second time, giving the current combined authority’s plans for devolution yet another delay. The d... more >
Council leader steps down amidst data breach probe

19/04/2018Council leader steps down amidst data breach probe

The leader of St Helen’s Council has resigned to protect his local authority while police investigate a “possible data breach.” It is believed that the allegations, which Barri... more >

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The complexities of Brexit and the hunt for exceptional data scientists

16/04/2018The complexities of Brexit and the hunt for exceptional data scientists

Christopher Gallagher, public sector – SAS, says it’s imperative that organisations have the most experienced data scientists at hand. The Civil Service is feeling immense Brexit stress. Making the right decisions, analysing the ‘best interests’ of the nation as a whole, as well as discrete segments of the populati... more >
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Councils must start preparing for the Autumn Budget now

19/04/2018Councils must start preparing for the Autumn Budget now

This year will provide the opportunity to develop conversations about local government finance in order to ensure councils stop running on empty,... more >
Get what you pay for, and only pay for what you get

19/04/2018Get what you pay for, and only pay for what you get

Matthew Sparkes, deputy director for financial services at the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), on the public sector benefits of the brand-new Spe... more >
Employment support must work for all

19/04/2018Employment support must work for all

London’s new Work and Health Programmes (WHPs), which have now gone live, will help thousands more people get into work across the capital,... more >
Creating a common digital direction

19/04/2018Creating a common digital direction

Phil Rumens, chair of the LocalGov Digital Steering Group and digital services manager for West Berkshire Council, urges local authorities to mak... more >

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Data at the heart of digital transformation

03/04/2018Data at the heart of digital transformation

SPONSORED INTERVIEW Grant Caley, UK & Ireland chief technologist at NetApp, speaks to PSE’s Luana Salles about the benefits of movin... more >
GDPR: The public sector scarecrow

03/04/2018GDPR: The public sector scarecrow

SPONSORED INTERVIEW PSE’s Josh Mines chats to Martin de Martini, CIO of Y Soft, about what the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)... more >
Keeping London safe

05/03/2018Keeping London safe

Theo Blackwell, London’s first-ever chief digital officer (CDO), speaks to PSE’s Luana Salles about the role he plays in ensuring the... more >
BIM: Digitising the public sector

19/02/2018BIM: Digitising the public sector

PSE’s Josh Mines talks to Stephen Crompton, CTO at GroupBC, and Stuart Bell, the company’s sales and marketing director, about how Bu... more >

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