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PM announces £600m for infection control in care homes

14.05.20: Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced an extra £600m for care homes during Prime Minister’s Question Time (PMQs) yesterday (May 13). It came with specific reference to infection control in care homes, in response to claims from...

Boundless donates £100,000 of free films for public sector workers

06.05.20: Longstanding membership association for the public sector and civil service workers, Boundless, is giving away 10,000 film codes from steaming platform Chili for public service workers. The film codes are worth £10 each, giving the to...

WMCA funds new online construction skills course

15.04.20: The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has announced (Apr 14) that they are funding a new programme aimed at giving local people the skills needed to start a new career in construction. The innovative programme has moved online for the...

Nottingham City Council seeks 1,600 new care workers

07.04.20: Nottingham City Council is recruiting 1,600 new care workers to support vulnerable people in the community during the coronavirus crisis. The Council is calling on people in its region to come forward and take on a new role as an essential...

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...

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Kirklees Council makes £250m Blueprint part of planning policy

27/05/2020Kirklees Council makes £250m Blueprint part of planning policy

Kirklees Council’s Cabinet gave the green light yesterday (May 26) for the £250m Huddersfield Blueprint to be part of planning policy... more >
Moving Forward Together: Bristol council housing set for transformation

27/05/2020Moving Forward Together: Bristol council housing set for transformation

Bristol Council has announced that a new project, with the potential to transform the lives of people living in council homes, will be discussed ... more >
Route announced for £1bn Highways England transformation

26/05/2020Route announced for £1bn Highways England transformation

Information has been announced (May 23) on the £1bn Infrastructure programme that will see the A66 upgraded as part of the Northern Trans-P... 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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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 >
Kirklees Council makes £250m Blueprint part of planning policy

27/05/2020Kirklees Council makes £250m Blueprint part of planning policy

Kirklees Council’s Cabinet gave the green light yesterday (May 26) for the £250m Huddersfield Blueprint to be part of planning policy, following the extensive input of local people. &... more >
Moving Forward Together: Bristol council housing set for transformation

27/05/2020Moving Forward Together: Bristol council housing set for transformation

Bristol Council has announced that a new project, with the potential to transform the lives of people living in council homes, will be discussed by the Cabinet next month. The programme, Mov... 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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