Workforce, Pensions and Training

Richard Leese: Making the apprenticeship levy a success

22.02.18: The government must listen to council proposals to improve the apprenticeship levy in order to maximise its potential, argues Cllr Sir Richard Leese, chair of the LGA’s City Regions Board and deputy mayor of Greater Manchester. When t...

The power of apprenticeships

14.02.18: David Willett, corporate director at The Open University, describes how the apprenticeship levy can help public sector organisations unlock leadership potential in a volatile environment. It’s no secret that the public sector landscap...

Council braces for loss of up to 370 jobs

14.02.18: Up to 370 jobs are set to go at Aberdeen City Council, the authority’s leaders have announced today. Around 230 full-time jobs will be cut and 140 vacant positions removed in a bid to save £10m in 2018-19. The council hopes...

Scottish council faces legal action over outstanding equal pay awards

13.02.18: Fresh legal proceedings are to commence against Fife Council over the non-payment of equal pay settlements for over 60 workers, GMB has announced. Yesterday the union notified council leaders of the planned legal action, after had been pressing...

Largest council union set to reject 2% council pay offer

24.01.18: UNISON has followed Unite in moving to reject the 2% pay increase offered to public sector workers. The union’s pay committee voted to turn down the proposals and, although they will now be put to a members’ consultation, it is...

County council pays out £10m to get out of Carillion contract

23.01.18: Oxfordshire County Council has agreed a deal to terminate its contract with Carillion this week after the company’s collapse earlier this month. The agreement involves a £10.6m net payment for all the services already completed...

Midlands council offers voluntary redundancy to plug £60m gap

23.01.18: Shropshire Council has announced that it will be offering voluntary redundancy to all non-teaching staff employed by the authority in a bid to plug a £59.3m budget gap. Launched earlier this week, the measure is part of a wider financ...

CEO who helped make council a ‘financial success’ to leave after seven years

17.01.18: The chief executive of Eden District Council is set to leave the authority after seven years in his position. Dr Robin Hooper will leave in May this year following a period in which he turned around the economic state of the council, steeri...

North east councils to combine services into 400-strong workforce

16.01.18: Newcastle City Council has approved plans to begin sharing transactional services with neighbouring Northumbria County Council, a move expected to save around £1.8m. A single workforce of over 400 people will be created, with all the...

Major public sector union to reject 2% pay offer

15.01.18: The National Industrial Sector Committee of Unite, one of the country’s largest unions, has unanimously voted to reject the 2% pay offer made to council workers. Following the decision, the union will open a consultative ballot of all...

Council chiefs and care leaders recognised in New Year’s Honours list

02.01.18: Public sector representatives feature heavily in the Queen’s latest New Year’s Honours list, with chief executives, police bosses and social care leaders all receiving tributes. Hull’s City of Culture 2017 bid was strongly...

Firms using apprenticeship levy to fund senior courses hit with new cap

21.12.17: Businesses planning to use the apprenticeship levy to fund executive training courses, such as MBAs and other senior-level training, have been hit by plans for a new cap. Introduced by the Institute for Apprenticeships, a government agency...

Unions table 5% ‘pay justice’ claim for council craftworkers

12.12.17: The GMB and Unite unions have put forward claims for a 5% pay increase for public sector craftworkers. The deal would see tens of thousands of workers have their hours set at 35 a week, while receiving an additional day’s holiday. ...

Over a million council employees get 2% pay offer

05.12.17: Local government employers have announced a two-year pay offer for council workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland which goes above the 1% pay cap for the first time since 2013. The deal is expected to affect over 1 million people an...

Transport giant becomes first to consolidate LGPS assets under one £1bn pot

30.11.17: A major transport operator has become the first private sector employers to consolidate its funds within the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) in a landmark £1bn decision. FirstGroup, which operates bus and train services across...

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Richard Leese: Making the apprenticeship levy a success

22/02/2018Richard Leese: Making the apprenticeship levy a success

The government must listen to council proposals to improve the apprenticeship levy in order to maximise its potential, argues Cllr Sir Richard Le... more >
Digital by design

22/02/2018Digital by design

Steve Skelton, head of policy at Stockport Council, outlines the local authority’s distinctly different approach to digital transformation.... more >
Hampshire leader: mayoral combined authority would ‘devastate’ services and divide county

22/02/2018Hampshire leader: mayoral combined authority would ‘devastate’ services and divide county

Hampshire County Council remains “strongly opposed” to any arrangement that would split the county, the council leader has stated. I... 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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The importance of openness after Grenfell

The importance of openness after Grenfell

Following the recent Grenfell Tower tragedy, Lord Porter, chairman of the LGA, argues that if the public are going to have faith in the safety testing process then everything must be out in the o... more > more last word articles >
ICO forced to take down its website amid cryptocurrency hacker fears

12/02/2018ICO forced to take down its website amid cryptocurrency hacker fears

The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has had to take down its website as a “precautionary measure” against hackers, who have infected hundreds of government computers with a pro... more >
Local government finance settlement: Javid announces £150m care fund

06/02/2018Local government finance settlement: Javid announces £150m care fund

The housing and communities secretary has today revealed details of this year’s local government finance settlement, including £150m of extra funding for adult social care. Sajid... more >

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Whole of government must act together to fulfil the ambition of the Industrial Strategy

11/12/2017Whole of government must act together to fulfil the ambition of the Industrial Strategy

Jen Rae, head of innovation policy at Nesta, says the aims in the government’s new Industrial Strategy are ambitious, but will require a shift in policymaking in order to be realised in full. Last Monday saw the long-awaited launch of the UK’s new Industrial Strategy, the government’s plan for prosperity and growth in a ... more >
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Citizen-centric cities for a better tomorrow

22/02/2018Citizen-centric cities for a better tomorrow

Mark Collin, group director of Ventures at ThoughtWorks, discusses how governments can learn from a bottom-up, citizen-focused approach to d... more >
Richard Leese: Making the apprenticeship levy a success

22/02/2018Richard Leese: Making the apprenticeship levy a success

The government must listen to council proposals to improve the apprenticeship levy in order to maximise its potential, argues Cllr Sir Richard Le... more >
Digital by design

22/02/2018Digital by design

Steve Skelton, head of policy at Stockport Council, outlines the local authority’s distinctly different approach to digital transformation.... more >
Lord Porter: Uncharted waters

19/02/2018Lord Porter: Uncharted waters

Lord Porter CBE, chairman of the LGA, analyses the expected impact of the final local government finance settlement on councils of all shapes and... more >

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BIM: Digitising the public sector

19/02/2018BIM: Digitising the public sector

PSE’s Josh Mines talks to Stephen Crompton, CTO at GroupBC, and Stuart Bell, the company’s sales and marketing director, about how Bu... more >
Duncan Selbie: The energy of devolution

19/02/2018Duncan Selbie: The energy of devolution

The NHS plays a part in keeping the country well – but when it comes to places and their people, local government has a major role to fulfi... more >
Are we taking a risk on education?

14/12/2017Are we taking a risk on education?

Adrian Prandle, director of economic strategy and negotiations at the National Education Union (NEU), questions the stark lack of announcements a... more >
A fantastic opportunity awaits you

11/12/2017A fantastic opportunity awaits you

Eight months on from the government’s announcement of major training reforms, Anne Milton, minister for apprenticeships and skills at the D... more >

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