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Salisbury City Council leader steps down due to job’s impact on personal life

13.12.18: The leader of Salisbury City Council is to step down from the role citing the job’s impact on his personal life behind the decision. Cllr Matthew Dean, who has been in the role since April 2017 and leader of the Conservative group for...

‘Bodies may be uncollected’: No-deal Brexit chaos could see council staff work from home for months

10.12.18: Bodies will remain uncollected and council staff may be forced to work from home for six months due to gridlocked roads in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Kent County Council has warned. In a damning report, Kent CC said that refuse would fi...

North of Tyne Combined Authority appoints new interim mayor

05.12.18: The elected mayor of North Tyneside, Norma Redfearn, has been announced as the interim mayor for the newly-created North of Tyne Combined Authority. Redfearn has been appointed by the cabinet to lead the combined authority up until May 2019...

Welsh councils have lost ‘an army’ of council workers to austerity spending cuts

27.11.18: More than 28,000 local authority jobs have been lost in Wales since 2010 as a result of severe spending cuts to councils driven by the UK Government. Analysis published by Unison in its ‘Audit of Austerity’ report reveals that f...

Council spends £5m on redundancy pay-outs as more than 130 staff leave

26.11.18: A total of 138 council workers have been made redundant by Bath and North East Somerset Council, which has led to pay-outs totalling £4.75m. Requiring savings of £7.1m savings in 2018-19, the staffing redundancies will create an...

Council writes to parents warning of ‘unprecedented cuts’ to schools to tackle deficit

26.11.18: Parents in Falkirk have been warned there will “unprecedented cuts” to schools as the council faces a £29m budget deficit over the next five years. Falkirk council has asked secondary school headteachers to find £2.5...

Buckinghamshire council leader questions government’s ‘bizarre’ unitary merger councillor numbers

23.11.18: Government proposals to increase the number of councillors by half in Buckinghamshire’s new major unitary authority are “bizarre and difficult to defend,” Buckinghamshire County Council’s leader has claimed. Speaking...

Local government veteran unanimously appointed to Southampton City Council’s top job

22.11.18: Southampton City Council has appointed Sandy Hopkins as its new chief executive after the local authority’s employment panel unanimously recommended her nomination. Hopkins will take over from the current interim chief executive Richa...

Trafford names new CEO after Grant swaps northern council for Northamptonshire

20.11.18: The chief executive role at Trafford Council, which had been left vacant after former boss Theresa Grant stepped down in July when the Labour Party took control of the authority, has now been filled. Sara Todd, who is currently deputy chief...

Welsh council with ‘little choice’ but to cut services in the face of £10m deficit

19.11.18: A Welsh council is facing a £10.5m budget blackhole on top of millions of savings already planned, with the unfunded pay award for teachers one of the reasons behind the growing deficit. Vale of Glamorgan Council has set out its initi...

After backlash, Somerset council abandons plans to force staff to take unpaid Christmas leave

19.11.18: Somerset County Council has scrapped plans to force staff to take two days unpaid leave over Christmas. The cash strapped authority had planned for its employees to take unpaid leave between Christmas and New Year’s Day for the next t...

Council to axe finance director as part of bid to plug £35m budget shortfall

16.11.18: Staffordshire County Council is to cut its own senior leadership team as the authority tries to tackle a £35m funding gap in its budget. The number of directors on its leadership team will be cut from five to four with Andy Burns, the...

Newcastle City Council to cut 100 jobs in the face of £60m funding hole

12.11.18: Newcastle City Council has announced it will cut 100 jobs as the authority reveals it needs to make £60m in savings over the next three years to balance its budget. The city council has proposed raising council tax by 2.95% and implem...

Scottish council strikes loom as local government union rejects 3% pay offer

12.11.18: Scottish local government members have voted to reject a 3% pay rise from COSLA as Unison moves towards the possibility of a council pay strike. Unison said its members voted overwhelmingly against the offer, with two-thirds of local govern...

‘Dedicated and hugely talented’ councillors across the country win awards

07.11.18: Cllr Roger Lawrence of Wolverhampton Council has been named as Leader of the Year as members of local government up and down the country have been recognised in the 2018 Councillor Achievement Awards. The annual awards ceremony, organised b...

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Council to spend £4m investigating senior officers who gave themselves 20% wage rise during pay freeze

14/12/2018Council to spend £4m investigating senior officers who gave themselves 20% wage rise during pay freeze

A council has agreed to allocate nearly an extra £250,000 to an investigation looking into alleged pay rises given to senior officers. ... more >
Government commissioner allows Wakefield Council to retain full control of services

14/12/2018Government commissioner allows Wakefield Council to retain full control of services

Almost four months after Ofsted inspectors identified “serious and widespread failures” across Wakefield’s children’s ser... more >
Fife Council scraps controversial P1 assessments despite harsh government opposition

14/12/2018Fife Council scraps controversial P1 assessments despite harsh government opposition

Fife Council has announced that it will be scrapping the controversial standardised P1 assessments at the end of the current academic year. ... 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 >
Local government finance settlement: short-term needs met with 2.4% boost

13/12/2018Local government finance settlement: short-term needs met with 2.4% boost

The annual local government finance settlement shows that the government has recognised short-term pressures facing local government — but it is yet to solve medium to long-term financial d... more >
Local government finance settlement delayed by Brexit

05/12/2018Local government finance settlement delayed by Brexit

The announcement of the local government funding settlement has been delayed as Parliament looks to grapple with Brexit. In a statement released this afternoon, communities secretary Ja... more >

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Blog: 5 minutes with Gary Wallis-Clarke, member of the Northern Powerhouse Education and Skills Group

12/12/2018Blog: 5 minutes with Gary Wallis-Clarke, member of the Northern Powerhouse Education and Skills Group

Ahead of the upcoming networking extravaganza EvoNorth, we caught up with Gary Wallis-Clarke, a member of the Northern Powerhouse Education and Skills group, executive headteacher at West Jesmond Primary school, and its national leader of education. In our interview, Gary reveals what the Northern Powerhouse means to him and explains... more >
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The digital buying community is live

12/11/2018The digital buying community is live

Many of the requirements from buyers posted on the Digital Marketplace were either non-compliant or poorly worded, which resulted in challenges f... more >
A force to be reckoned with

12/11/2018A force to be reckoned with

The South Bank plan, which refers to a number of investments and proposed activities across a massive plot of land south of the River Aire, is on... more >
Less for less: the risk of 'core offers'

12/11/2018Less for less: the risk of 'core offers'

As councils across England struggle with their finances in the face of massive cuts from central government, Simon Edwards, director of the Count... more >
A two-speed England

05/11/2018A two-speed England

Central government needs to change its approach to local transport planning and investment, including by consolidating funding and maximising dev... more >

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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 >
Cllr Cutts on dealing with children’s services pressures: ‘I can’t magic money out of the air’

26/09/2018Cllr Cutts on dealing with children’s services pressures: ‘I can’t magic money out of the air’

The leader of Nottinghamshire County Council has outlined her priorities for dealing with soaring demand of children’s services and social ... more >
Nottinghamshire considers unitary shake-up proposals in a bid to balance books

05/09/2018Nottinghamshire considers unitary shake-up proposals in a bid to balance books

Nottinghamshire County Council is considering proposals to scrap its current two-tier structure for a new unitary system in order to save on... more >

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