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Firefighters given additional roles to support coronavirus crisis

27.03.20: In addition to their role responding to core emergencies, Firefighters will be able to deliver food and medicines, drive ambulances and retrieve dead bodies to provide additional support during the coronavirus crisis. A new and unprecedente...

New powers given to police to manage coronavirus spread

26.03.20: The Home Office has announced today (Mar 26) that new powers have been bestowed upon the UK police force to deal with the response to coronavirus. It comes in a bid to ensure people stay at home, and in doing so protect the NHS and save cou...

LGA: Gov should ask retired care workers back to work

25.03.20: The Local Government Association (LGA) has urged the government to ask retired care workers to return to work. In a statement published today (Mar 25), the LGA highlighted the profound impact retired care workers could have on those most at...

What came first, the bad customer or the bad customer service?

17.03.20: Source: PSE Feb/March 20 Stephen Bahooshy, Senior Commissioning Manager and Nicky Selwyn, Carer and Service User Group Chair, Croydon Council.   Here it is, that age old question: What came first, the bad customer or the bad...

New apprenticeship league table launched by Gov

12.03.20: The Education and Skills Funding Agency has announced today (Mar 12) a new league table highlighting the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers. The rankings will look to commend some of the best apprenticeship employers in the country and help p...

National Leadership Centre: Helping public sector leaders

20.02.20: Source: PSE Feb/March 2020   In the 2017 Autumn budget, an announcement was made for a Public Service Leadership Academy, to help share best practice across public services and drive productivity. The Chancellor believed that...

Further Education to benefit from £24m support package

05.02.20: The Department for Education has today (Feb 5) committed to a multi-million pound investment into Further Education (FE) to recruit train and develop the workforce and boost skills and opportunities in the UK. Education Secretary Gavin Will...

Newcastle City Council named the UK’s top LGBT employer

31.01.20: Newcastle City Council has been named the most inclusive employer in the UK on Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers list. They have also received special commendation as a top trans-inclusive employer. Other local government bodies also made...

£1.9m support increase for Greater Manchester apprenticeships

14.01.20: Small businesses across Greater Manchester have benefitted from boosts in apprenticeship opportunities thanks to a £1.9m support package. Since March 2019, when the #SeeDifferent Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) Apprentice Support pac...

LGA: Upskilling the Workplace

08.01.20: Source: PSE Dec 19/Jan 20 The Local Government Association (LGA) discusses upskilling and retraining staff in public sector workplace. As leaders of place, councils and combined authorities want to work with partners across the piste t...

Regional partnership course to upskill Scottish Borders Council employees

11.12.19: Scottish Borders Council employees recently undertook an upskilling programme aimed at increasing the flexibility of staff and enabling them to effectively respond with issues arising within the council’s estates. The bespoke Han...

West Midlands sees 8.7% boost in apprenticeships

04.12.19: The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has announced figures showing a rise in jobs and skills, with over 2,500 new apprenticeships created in the region. The report comes from the Office for Data Analytics, showing that there are now...

Nexus appoints new Chief Operating Officer

25.11.19: Martin Kearney has been appointed as the new chief operating officer for Nexus, the public body which owns the Tyne and Wear Metro and wider public transport across the North East. Kearney has over 30 years of public transport experience an...

More than a million public sector workers have never been thanked – is it time to show them some kindness?

13.11.19: Membership club Boundless calls for action on World Kindness Day. Public sector membership club, Boundless, revealed shocking statistics ahead of World Kindness Day on 13 November, showing a fifth of the country’s public sector w...

Living Wage Foundation calls for employers to join as UK Living Wage rises

12.11.19: The Living Wage Foundation has announced a new UK Living Wage hourly rate of £9.30 per hour, an increase of 30p per hour. The new London Living Wage has risen to £10.75 per hour, a 20p per hour increase. This comes as living cos...

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Economic Resilience Fund worth £500m announced by Welsh Gov

30/03/2020Economic Resilience Fund worth £500m announced by Welsh Gov

First Minister of the Welsh Government Mark Drakeford has announced a new £500m fund today (Mar 30) to further support the Welsh economy. ... more >
Second round of £10m Urban Tree Challenge Fund open

30/03/2020Second round of £10m Urban Tree Challenge Fund open

Round of the Urban Tree Challenge Fund opens today (Mar 30), which enables local councils and community groups to apply for a share of £10m... more >
GM Mayor announces £5m fund to protect rough sleepers

27/03/2020GM Mayor announces £5m fund to protect rough sleepers

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, has announced a £5m fund to house 1000 of the region’s most vulnerable people with immedia... 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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Prevention: Investing for the future

Prevention: Investing for the future

Rob Whiteman, CEO at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance (CIPFA), discusses the benefits of long-term preventative investment. Rising demand, reducing resource – this has been th... more > more last word articles >
Economic Resilience Fund worth £500m announced by Welsh Gov

30/03/2020Economic Resilience Fund worth £500m announced by Welsh Gov

First Minister of the Welsh Government Mark Drakeford has announced a new £500m fund today (Mar 30) to further support the Welsh economy. In addition to the wider economy, businesses a... more >
Second round of £10m Urban Tree Challenge Fund open

30/03/2020Second round of £10m Urban Tree Challenge Fund open

Round of the Urban Tree Challenge Fund opens today (Mar 30), which enables local councils and community groups to apply for a share of £10m to fund tree planting in urban areas. Opened... more >

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What came first, the bad customer or the bad customer service?

17/03/2020What came first, the bad customer or the bad customer service?

Source: PSE Feb/March 20 Stephen Bahooshy, Senior Commissioning Manager and Nicky Selwyn, Carer and Service User Group Chair, Croydon Council.   Here it is, that age old question: What came first, the bad customer or the bad customer service? (Or maybe we just made that up, whatever). But it’s true though, right? We w... more >
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Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Being on the receiving end of some “thanks” can make communit... more >
How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

19/06/2019How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

Tom Chance, director at the National Community Land Trust Network, argues that community-led initiatives are a productive way of helping to solve... more >
Aberdeen's green transport fleet attracting international attention

19/06/2019Aberdeen's green transport fleet attracting international attention

Aberdeen City Council’s hydrogen spokesperson, councillor Philip Bell, highlights the Granite City’s determination to play a leading ... more >
A fifth of public sector workers have never received a thank you from the people they serve

13/06/2019A fifth of public sector workers have never received a thank you from the people they serve

A fifth of the country’s public sector workers say they have NEVER received a ‘thank you’ for doing their job as Public Service... more >

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Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

17/12/2018Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

It’s no secret that the public sector and its service providers need to invest in technology to help make better use of their resources. Bu... more >
Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

17/12/2018Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

One of the public sector’s key technology partners has recently welcomed a new member to its team. Matt Spencer, O2’s head of public ... more >
New Dorset Councils CEO on the creation of a new unitary: ‘This is going to be the right decision for Dorset’

05/11/2018New Dorset Councils CEO on the creation of a new unitary: ‘This is going to be the right decision for Dorset’

The new chief executive of one of the new unitary authorities in Dorset has outlined his approach to culture and work with employees, arguing tha... more >
Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

15/10/2018Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

On 6 September, the biggest decision-makers of the north joined forces to celebrate and debate how to drive innovation and improvement through th... more >

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