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Employee financial wellbeing in the public sector

25.04.17: Charles Cotton, performance and reward adviser to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), analyses the financial wellbeing of those working in the public sector. In 2016, the CIPD produced a report on employee wellbeing...

The Peoples Powerhouse: breaking the mould

21.04.17: Despite its many brilliant female leaders, the Northern Powerhouse often forgets to shout about the women working tirelessly to transform the region. But this is all about to change, Donna Hall, chief executive of Wigan Council, tells PSE’...

Combined authorities risk being ‘old boys’ club’ as 93% of leaders are white men

19.04.17: A huge majority of 93% of top positions in all six of the newly-formed combined authorities will be held by white men, prompting claims that English devolution is at risk of becoming a “play thing of the old boys’ club”, the El...

Avoid the perils of groupthink by learning from other sectors

18.04.17: Peter Unwin CB, chief executive of The Whitehall & Industry Group (WIG), formerly director general at DEFRA, explains why learning from other sectors provides a unique contribution to both individual career success and the success of organis...

Time to address the digital skills gap

13.04.17: Yvonne Gallagher, director of digital value for money at the National Audit Office (NAO), discusses the digital skills gap in the public sector. The NAO recently published a report on the ‘Capability gap in the Civil Service’ wh...

Public sector staff warn of worsening work-life balance post-Brexit

12.04.17: A quarter of public sector workers think that Brexit will increase their workload, and two in five have reported that their work-life balance is worse than it was a year ago, a survey conducted by Boundless in collaboration with PSE has found. ...

Solace appoints Graeme McDonald as first MD

12.04.17: Solace has been appointed Graeme McDonald to the new role of managing director, and will oversee the society and its commercial recruitment arm, Solace in Business. McDonald joined Solace in 2011 and before his promotion was the director of...

Sunderland council spent £1.6m on pay of just three employees in 2015-16

11.04.17: Sunderland City Council spent over £1.6m on the pay of just three of its senior employees in 2015-16, data released by the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) has found. In its tenth ‘Town Hall Rich List’, it was also found th...

NAO: Understaffed Civil Service unable to cope with current workloads

24.03.17: The Civil Service is failing to keep pace with the growth of the challenges it is facing, the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned. In a new report, ‘Capability in the Civil Service’, the NAO called on the government to priori...

Pay gap between public and private sector falls back to ‘pre-crisis levels’

13.03.17: The pay gap between workers in the public and private sector has fallen back to “pre-crisis levels” due to the squeeze on public sector pay and pensions since 2010, a report by the Institute for fiscal Studies (IFS) has revealed. ...

LGA calls for greater diversity in whitewashed fire and rescue services

07.03.17: A new scheme was today launched to push for greater diversity in the fire and rescue service in an attempt to shake off its outdated image. The LGA, which represents all fire and rescue authorities in England and Wales, launched the report:...

Time to embrace change

01.03.17: 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 Management (APM). The environment in which project professionals must deliver projects is changing. U...

Leaders urged to boycott all-male panels as local gov women ‘sick and fed up’

20.02.17: Local government leaders and chief executives are being urged to boycott all-male panels in events, such as the upcoming Northern Powerhouse Conference, with Wigan Council boss Donna Hall telling PSE that she and her colleagues are “sick...

Liverpool council to axe 300 jobs to plug £90m funding gap

17.02.17: Liverpool City Council has stated that around 300 jobs would be cut while protecting frontline services as much as possible as the authority attempts to plug a £90m funding gap by 2020. The news comes from a council meeting document o...

FDA warns of ‘cheerleader’ civil servants under Brexit plans

06.02.17: The Civil Service Commission has announced controversial special measures relaxing the Civil Service’s recruitment rules in order to help it tackle the burden of dealing with Brexit, leading to criticism from public service unions. In...

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Switch to Universal Credit doubles number of referrals to foodbanks

25/04/2017Switch to Universal Credit doubles number of referrals to foodbanks

Areas where Universal Credit has been rolled out to single people, couples and families have seen a 16.85% increase in the number of people being... 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 >
Public sector can lead the UK to an ultra-low emission future

25/04/2017Public sector can lead the UK to an ultra-low emission future

Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, explains why the public sector has the potential to shape and accelerate the UK automotive market to be entire... more >

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11/04/2017A watershed moment in British politics

The government has now officially triggered Article 50, formally starting the process of Britain’s exit from the EU. How this will affect local government, the wider public sector and the Civil Service remains to be seen, but the likelihood of it being plain sailing with the enormity of the task ahead seems rather unlikely.  It... read more >

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Parliament cannot solve homelessness through legislation alone

Parliament cannot solve homelessness through legislation alone

Cllr Michelle Lowe, deputy leader and cabinet member for housing and health at Sevenoaks District Council, argues that if the government is really serious about combating homelessness they will w... more > more last word articles >
60 seconds with… local growth minister Andrew Percy

10/04/201760 seconds with… local growth minister Andrew Percy

How will the DCLG be promoting this year’s mayoral elections? As we gear up to devolve crucial powers and funding to six of the country’s regions, we’ve created a campaign to h... more >
Bournemouth BC to pay out £400,000 as CEO position made redundant

03/04/2017Bournemouth BC to pay out £400,000 as CEO position made redundant

Bournemouth Borough Council have formally voted to remove the chief executive role from the council, and will pay out almost £400,000 to the outgoing CEO in costs including a £63,000 ... more >

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Engaging voters ahead of May’s elections

24/04/2017Engaging voters ahead of May’s elections

Emma Hartley, head of campaigns at the Electoral Commission, discusses the importance of a collaborative approach to engage voters ahead of this year’s elections.  It’s vital that voters can easily participate in every type of election so that democracy can work. One of the challenges for the Electoral Commission when new... more >
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Public sector can lead the UK to an ultra-low emission future

25/04/2017Public sector can lead the UK to an ultra-low emission future

Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, explains why the public sector has the potential to shape and accelerate the UK automotive market to be entire... more >
Employee financial wellbeing in the public sector

25/04/2017Employee financial wellbeing in the public sector

Charles Cotton, performance and reward adviser to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), analyses the financial wellbeing o... more >
Wigan Council: embracing digital transformation

25/04/2017Wigan Council: embracing digital transformation

Alison McKenzie-Folan, deputy chief executive, director customer transformation at Wigan Council, explains why local authorities, as digital lead... more >
Oxfordshire devolution will boost UK economy

21/04/2017Oxfordshire devolution will boost UK economy

Peter Sloman, chief executive of Oxford City Council, argues that pursuing devolution rather than restructuring local government in the county is... more >

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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 >
Leading transformational change through procurement

01/03/2017Leading transformational change through procurement

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

20/12/2016McMahon: I worry that the public are not part of the devolution conversation

Jim McMahon, Labour’s shadow minister for local government and devolution, talks to PSE’s David Stevenson about the need to radically... more >

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