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Rules brought in to prevent convicted criminals serving in councils

19.09.17: New rules have been announced this week by local government minister Marcus Jones to stop people convicted of serious crimes from being able to serve on local councils. DCLG said that the changes are being brought in to ensure “those...

Liverpool CEO Ged Fitzgerald suspended by City Council

19.09.17: Liverpool City Council has this week suspended its chief executive Ged Fitzgerald, the authority has announced. Back in May Fitzgerald “stepped aside” from his role due to financial irregularities into a £5m contract for s...

Union urges ‘rethink’ on job centre closure plans with further strike action

18.09.17: Workers at a job centre in Sheffield have today stepped up their action against their employer with another week of strikes starting today. Members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union will walk out to protest the closure of th...

Male LCR cabinet urged to give up their seats for female nominees

15.09.17: The entirely male cabinet at the Liverpool City Region (LCR) have this week been urged to give up their seats by the Women’s Leadership Group (WLG) in a drive towards a more gender inclusive authority. Writing in an open letter, the W...

Blackpool Council takes back control of airport in £4m buy-out

13.09.17: Blackpool Council has today announced that it has struck a £4.25m deal to buy back the airport site, bringing the land back into public ownership for the first time in 13 years. Previously, the authority had sold the site for £1...

Lifting of pay cap for police officers ‘will satisfy no one’

12.09.17: The government has today confirmed that it will lift the 1% public sector pay cap for rank and file police officers in 2017-2018. It will also lift the pay cap for the wider public sector over the next year. Police officers will be giv...

Council leader cleared of corruption charges by police

12.09.17: The leader of a Scottish council has been cleared of corruption charges in what he described was a “failed smear attempt” and a waste of police time. Cllr Jim Logue, who heads North Lanarkshire Council, was cleared of any wrongd...

Birmingham council leader resigns over ongoing bin staff dispute

12.09.17: Cllr John Clancy has decided to resign as leader of Birmingham City Council and head of the city’s Labour group with immediate effect amidst what he called endless “frenzied media speculation” about the city’s ongoing was...

Whitehall ‘lacks ambition’ to fix gender imbalance as six proposals rejected

08.09.17: The government has today been slammed for “lacking ambition” in driving gender equality in Whitehall, as Downing Street rejected six proposals to improve women’s representation in the Commons and local government. The Wome...

Lack of Civil Service professionalism leading to major project failures

07.09.17: A number of key government projects, including Universal Credit and the Intercity West Coast franchise competition, failed due to a lack of professionalism from civil servants, experts have today argued. The Institute for Government (IfG) r...

Union announces nationwide public sector strike ballot over pay cap row

06.09.17: A major union has today announced that it will ballot its public sector members nationwide over potential strike action to push for breaking the much-maligned cap on salaries. The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) has taken the decision...

‘Concrete action’ better than unnamed promises over public sector pay lift

05.09.17: The FDA union has called on the government to take “concrete action” to end the controversial public sector pay cap after senior Whitehall sources hinted at the possibility of the policy being dropped. This week, national press...

Refocusing professional development

04.09.17: Graeme McDonald, managing director of Solace, discusses the importance of taking time out to focus on learning, especially in the ever-changing landscape of the sector. Squeezing on to my packed commuter train on the way into Westminster re...

Birmingham set for daily strikes after council confirms redundancies

04.09.17: Unite has threatened to resume daily strike action after Birmingham City Council leader Cllr John Clancy issued a “deeply provocative” letter confirming he would press ahead with redundancies in the waste collection department. ...

Council fined £10k for ‘easily preventable’ health and safety failing

31.08.17: A council has been slapped with a £10,000 fine after pleading guilty to health and safety failings which led a worker to suffering serious injuries and distress while on the job. Joseph Poterala, a 55-year-old employee of West Lothian...

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‘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. ... 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 ... more >
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 >
South Yorkshire devolution in doubt as councils clash over next steps

19/09/2017South Yorkshire devolution in doubt as councils clash over next steps

South Yorkshire’s devolution deal took a serious knock today after a statement from the Sheffield City Region (SCR) revealed that two councils, Barnsley and Doncaster MBC, have refused to b... more >
Male LCR cabinet urged to give up their seats for female nominees

15/09/2017Male LCR cabinet urged to give up their seats for female nominees

The entirely male cabinet at the Liverpool City Region (LCR) have this week been urged to give up their seats by the Women’s Leadership Group (WLG) in a drive towards a more gender inclusiv... 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

04/09/2017Effective leadership in uncertain times

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

04/09/2017Refocusing professional development

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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