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IFS: Tory public sector pay cap plan will ‘seriously exacerbate’ recruitment issues

19.05.17: The Conservative Party’s plan to only increase public sector pay by 1% for the next two years is at risk of “seriously exacerbating” existing recruitment problems, economists have said. In analysis published today, the Ins...

LGPS deficit cut by £10bn over three years, but still worth £37bn

18.05.17: The gap in the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) has been cut down to £37bn from £47bn in 2013, the LGPS advisory board has revealed. In the annual LGPS report released this week, which aggregates information supplied in th...

Guide teaches councils to combat ‘fake news’ with evidenced decisions

17.05.17: In a world of increasingly post-truth discourse, influential local government groups have come together to launch guidance for council scrutineers aimed at helping them make evidence-based decisions and counter so-called ‘fake news’....

Lib Dems join Labour in pledge to scrap 1% public sector pay cap

16.05.17: Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has pledged to put an end to the government’s 1% public sector pay cap and uprate wages in line with inflation, a commitment that is in line with Labour’s pledges according to its leaked manifesto. ...

‘Cruel’ public sector pay cap to cost economy £16bn in lost wages

12.05.17: The 1% cap on public sector pay will cost the UK economy a total of £16bn in lost wages by 2020, a leading trade union has stated. Analysis released by the GMB has suggested that the policy of capping public sector workers at 1% &ndas...

Wokingham boss to oversee new Birmingham Children’s Trust

10.05.17: The newly formed Birmingham Children’s Trust has appointed Andy Couldrick as its first CEO to head up services in the city. It follows news last year that responsibilities for children’s care services will be handed to the volun...

Improving engagement and trust

28.04.17: Tracie Evans, chief operating officer at Haringey Council, reflects on the importance of innovative change and improving the relationship between staff and senior management in these times of austerity. Since joining Haringey Council four y...

Sexism ‘commonplace’ across local government

26.04.17: Sexism in local government is “commonplace,” as more than a third of female councillors reported experiencing sexist comments from colleagues, a survey from the Fawcett Society has revealed. Startlingly, one in 10 women also sai...

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...

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Tories will take education spending back to 2010 levels, warns IFS

26/05/2017Tories will take education spending back to 2010 levels, warns IFS

Conservative plans to reduce spending on schools would lead to a 7% real-terms cut for the education sector between 2015-16 and 2021-22, accordin... more >
Almost all council websites now optimised for mobile devices

26/05/2017Almost all council websites now optimised for mobile devices

Almost all local councils have now repurposed their websites to present a responsive or mobile site when accessed on a smartphone. In a surv... more >
Manchester leaders thank public for £4.1m donations to attack fund

26/05/2017Manchester leaders thank public for £4.1m donations to attack fund

Local leaders in Manchester have heaped praise on the public after £4.1m was raised in support of survivors of the terrorist attack on Mond... 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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Collaborative working is the key to the future at home and abroad

Collaborative working is the key to the future at home and abroad

David Hawkins, operations director at the Institute for Collaborative Working (ICW), on why ISO 44001 is a new evolution in collaborative working. The past 12 months have seen seismic change... more > more last word articles >
Liverpool CEO temporarily ‘steps aside’ following arrest

25/05/2017Liverpool CEO temporarily ‘steps aside’ following arrest

The chief executive of Liverpool City Council has been forced to temporarily step down from his role after he was arrested due to financial problems with tendering contracts to BT. In a stat... more >
Counties back pledges to scrap ‘arbitrary’ mayors for devo deals

22/05/2017Counties back pledges to scrap ‘arbitrary’ mayors for devo deals

County councils have welcomed the decision taken by the three main political parties to drop plans that would stop areas without a directly elected mayor asking for devolution deals. In a st... more >

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A watershed moment in British democracy

02/05/2017A watershed moment in British democracy

The upcoming mayoral elections represent a watershed moment in the history of British democracy, reports PSE’s Luana Salles.  On 4 May, voters across six regions will take to the polls to decide who should captain their public services until 2020.  As part of the elections, the DCLG has kick-started the ‘Our May... more >
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An integrated approach to greening public transport

28/04/2017An integrated approach to greening public transport

Dave Pearson, director of transport services at West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA), explains how a partnership approach is encouraging more... more >
Unlocking the combination to criminal justice reform

28/04/2017Unlocking the combination to criminal justice reform

If new mayors want to improve the life chances of their communities, help the most vulnerable and trailblaze public service reform, then criminal... more >
Improving information sharing to support integration

28/04/2017Improving information sharing to support integration

Kevin Kewin, a senior adviser in the Care and Health Improvement Programme at the LGA, explains how social care can be transformed through the us... more >
Putting digital at the heart of service delivery

28/04/2017Putting digital at the heart of service delivery

Following the recent Smart Essex Digital Summit, which was hosted by Essex County Council, David Wilde, executive director and chief information ... 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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