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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scheme was today launched to push for greater diversity in the fire and rescue service in an attempt to shake off its outdated image.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...

LGPS wastes up to £9bn on ‘unnecessary’ fund managers

02.02.17: Local government pension schemes (LGPS) have been haemorrhaging money to external fund managers and are rapidly running out of cash to meet pensions, a think tank has claimed. A review undertaken for the Centre for Policy Studies revealed t...

GM and London handed £100m Work and Health Programme powers

01.02.17: Greater Manchester and London have been handed £100m to develop and deliver localised versions of the government’s new Work and Health Programme in an effort to help thousands of disadvantaged people gain work. Whitehall confirm...

IFS: ‘Cavalier’ apprenticeship target for public sector must be dropped

31.01.17: The government has suffered a harsh blow to its ambitious plan to create three million apprenticeships by 2020, with the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) warning that employers will have a big incentive to simply re-label existing training sch...

Consistent approach needed to eliminate gender pay gap, says Greening

25.01.17: The government has changed the date for public sector organisations to capture data surrounding the gender pay gap to 31 March 2017, instead of 5 April, following its consultation on the potential regulations. Under current proposals the go...

Councils slam ‘disappointing’ move to base apprenticeship target on headcount

23.01.17: The upcoming apprenticeship target of 2.3% for the public sector workforce, due to come into force in April, will be based on headcount rather than full-time equivalent (FTE) – a move the LGA has branded as disappointing. In its respo...

Public sector workers face real pay cut of 9.3% by 2020

18.01.17: Public sector workers including midwives, teachers and social workers are set to lose thousands of pounds from their pay packet by 2020, new analysis has revealed. Data published by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has shown that some worker...

PCS calls for Treasury to loosen purse strings on 1% pay cap

12.01.17: The Public and Commercial Services (PCS), the biggest union for Civil Service staff, has joined calls for a new pay agreement for staff in Whitehall by stressing that lower-grade employees must also be represented in any deal. Last week, th...

Over 90% of senior civil servants believe pay structures ‘not fit for purpose’

06.01.17: Stagnant wages are demoralising the Civil Service at the time when its expertise is most needed to deliver Brexit, professional union the FDA has warned. In its submission to the Senior Salaries Review Body (SSRB), the FDA included the resu...

FCA proposals a ‘counterintuitive’ threat to LGPS infrastructure spend

05.01.17: Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) funds could be prevented from investing in infrastructure under new regulations, the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has warned. The PLSA has published its response to a Financial Cond...

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NAO:  Decisive action needed to keep at-risk road investment projects afloat

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Localis: Industrial reform must be driven and led at local level

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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

01/03/2017Time to embrace change

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 >
Digital Marketplace: reaching far and wide in the public sector

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 >
The challenges for innovative procurement

27/02/2017The challenges for innovative procurement

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 >
Glasgow points the way forward for IoT future

27/02/2017Glasgow points the way forward for IoT future

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

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 >
Solace president mandate: Champion diversity and celebrate great public services

20/12/2016Solace president mandate: Champion diversity and celebrate great public services

Jo Miller, the recently-elected president of Solace, talks to PSE about the need for championing great public services and ensuring inclusion at ... more >
The secret to the success of one public estate

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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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