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‘Forward-thinking’ Camden Council boss to retire after seven years of ‘unprecedented challenge’

04.10.18: The leader of Camden Council has paid tribute to the outgoing chief executive for leading the local authority through times of unprecedented budget cuts. CEO Mike Cooke, who has been at the Town Hall for 14 years and at the helm for half th...

‘Insufficient financial controls’ enabled fraudster contractor to steal £2m from council

28.09.18: A report into the conviction for fraud of a contractor of Barnet Council has revealed how the authority failed to prevent a £2m theft case. There were “insufficient financial controls” in place and not enough oversight to...

Councillor charged by police over indecent social media posts

26.09.18: Councillor Richard Alderman has been charged by police for allegedly posting “offensive” and “obscene” messages on social media. The 72-year-old, who was elected into Rutland County Council earlier this year, has bee...

Northamptonshire council chief admits job is ‘fraught with risk’

14.09.18: The new chief executive of Northamptonshire County Council, Theresa Grant, has said that day-to-day life working at the cash-strapped council is “fraught with risk.” Grant is the council’s fourth CEO in just 12 months and...

Councils urged to provide place-based credit building and salary-linked loans

12.09.18: A new report has urged local authorities and all other public-sector employers to offers their employees salary-linked loans and saving systems to boost financial literacy and end “punitive” borrowing costs. The think tank, ResP...

Building Birmingham Scholarship

03.09.18: Clive Skidmore, assistant director for housing development at Birmingham City Council, takes us back to when the Building Birmingham Scholarship programme was created and explains how it has helped young people since then. In 2008, the City...

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough CA seeks new boss as CEO steps down

31.08.18: The chief executive of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority has decided to step down in order to “move on to new challenges.” Martin Whiteley led the combined authority since its inception to help deliver a “...

Norfolk council condemns ‘misleading, flawed and untested’ PCC bid to control fire services

29.08.18: A business case made by Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner (PCC) to run the county’s fire service has been condemned as “misleading” and “flawed” by Norfolk County Council. In an announcement today...

Case file of former Liverpool boss handed on to Crown Prosecution Service

29.08.18: CORRECTION NOTICE A previous version of this story, dated 24 August, contained inaccuracies relating to Ged Fitzgerald's involvement in the case. PSE would like to clarify that Mr Fitzgerald has not been accused of fraud, and his suspension las...

Management: Hard to be agile?

28.08.18: Peter Stansbury, lead author of the Agile Business Consortium’s Agile Digital Services (AgileDS) training course and qualification, recommends leaving behind traditional management techniques and embracing a forward-thinking behaviour in t...

Understanding the apprenticeship levy

13.08.18: YPO has launched the first national apprenticeship framework this month, allowing the UK public sector to access apprenticeship training across all standards from a range of local and national suppliers. Lizzy Grayson, category manager of corporat...

Councils call for single code of conduct and £2m ethical standards training scheme

07.08.18: Parish and town councils would be supportive of a single code of conduct that could be used by all local authorities, research has found. Local government currently uses different codes of conduct across its landscape, but 90% of councils s...

Council confidence: Enough is enough

06.08.18: Heather Wakefield, Unison’s head of local government, police and justice, analyses her organisation’s scathing research into the confidence of council workers in the future of local services. It’s a bleak indictment of the...

Modern policing: the future is bright

06.08.18: SPONSORED INTERVIEW The public sector, and policing in particular, has often been criticised as being slow to adapt to change. But now, says Louise Fellows, O2’s new managing partner for Homes Affairs, things are changing. She sits down...

Public sector pay cap scrapped as rises on way for one million workers

24.07.18: Around one million public sector workers will benefit from the biggest pay rise in almost 10 years, the government announced today in an unprecedented move. The controversial 1% pay rise cap – which union bosses claim has costed the p...

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Councils found more than £300m in fraud during 2017-18

16/10/2018Councils found more than £300m in fraud during 2017-18

UK councils detected or prevented a total of £302m in fraud in 2017-18, according to CIPFA. The organisation found that the number of ... more >
Former Westminster council pensions boss found guilty of £1m fraud

16/10/2018Former Westminster council pensions boss found guilty of £1m fraud

A former employee of Westminster City Council has been found guilty of stealing nearly £1m from the council pension fund. Ian Woodall,... more >
Protesters gather as councillors meet to discuss mass children’s centre closures

15/10/2018Protesters gather as councillors meet to discuss mass children’s centre closures

Demonstrators and parents have gathered outside County Hall in Norwich to protest against planned mass children’s centre closures as Norfol... 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 >
500 jobs could go as city council eyes 5% tax hike to tackle £28m deficit

11/10/2018500 jobs could go as city council eyes 5% tax hike to tackle £28m deficit

Up to 500 jobs are at risk at Wolverhampton and residents face a council tax rise of 4.99% in what has been described as “the most significant financial challenge the council has ever faced... more >
Government removes intervention in Tower Hamlets LBC

05/10/2018Government removes intervention in Tower Hamlets LBC

James Brokenshire has formally ended the government’s intervention in Tower Hamlets London Borough Council following “significant improvements” in a recent review. The Mini... more >

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What cities should become

15/10/2018What cities should become

Tom Leaver, project manager at Future Cities Catapult, examines the rationale behind the creation of the City Data Sharing Toolkit, and explores how this is driving a seismic shift in how cities evolve into our data-rich future. We’re used to big-screen sci-fi future cities being dystopian monoliths to everything wrong with the worl... more >
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Inspiring leadership in social value

15/10/2018Inspiring leadership in social value

We have learned a lot since the last National Social Value Conference, with many organisations both in the public and private sectors now embeddi... more >
Is fair funding possible, or pie in the sky?

15/10/2018Is fair funding possible, or pie in the sky?

David Phillips, associate director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, discusses the current health of local government finance, and how a bette... 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 >
The Convention of the North

15/10/2018The Convention of the North

Steve Rotheram, mayor of the Liverpool City Region, discusses the findings of the very first Convention of the North, which was held in Newcastle... more >

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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 >
Michael King: Time for Ombudsman reform

06/08/2018Michael King: Time for Ombudsman reform

Michael King first joined the Local Government Ombudsman service back in 2004 as deputy ombudsman. At the start of 2017, he was appointed as the ... more >
Helping a city understand itself

06/08/2018Helping a city understand itself

SPONSORED INTERVIEW The urban landscape is changing. How can local authorities keep up with citizen behaviour? Stephen Leece, managing directo... more >
Modern policing: the future is bright

06/08/2018Modern policing: the future is bright

SPONSORED INTERVIEW The public sector, and policing in particular, has often been criticised as being slow to adapt to change. But now, says L... more >

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