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Birmingham City Council appoints interim CEO

12.08.19: Following the departure of its current chief executive, Birmingham City Council has announced Clive Heaphy will step up to take the helm as Interim CEO of the authority. Currently serving as chief financial officer, Heaphy will serve i...

West Lothian Council appoints new head of housing

06.08.19: West Lothian Council have appointed Ann Marie Carr to serve as their new head of housing, customer and building services. Ms Carr has been serving in the role on an interim basis since December 2018, but is now set to take over the pos...

Tower Hamlets' children’s services achieves ‘remarkable turnaround’ in Ofsted review

23.07.19: Tower Hamlets Council’s children’s service has jumped two grades and achieved a ‘good’ rating from Ofsted after inspectors found a “transformed culture” and “remarkable progress.” In 2017, the...

Brokenshire reveals new measures to stamp out ‘poor doors’ segregation

23.07.19: The government has pledged to ban “poor doors” to help end the segregation of social housing residents in mixed-housing developments in future builds. Communities secretary James Brokenshire announced the measures to “tack...

Lewisham Council appoint new chief executive from Hackney Council

15.07.19: Lewisham LBC is set to appoint Kim Wright, currently a group director at Hackney Council, as its new chief executive. Wright will take up the top job in October, leaving her post as group director for neighbourhoods and housing in Hackney. ...

Councils, NHS trusts and police to work together to tackle serious crime under new ‘public health duty’

15.07.19: Local authorities, NHS trusts and police forces will all be required to work together to tackle serious violence under the new ‘public health duty’. Unveiled by home secretary Sajid Javid in response to a sharp spike in knife cr...

Defra appoints Oxford professor as new chief scientist

12.07.19: Gideon Henderson has been appointed by Defra as its new chief scientific advisor. Henderson, who is currently a professor of earth sciences at the University of Oxford, will join Defra in October in this year. He replaces the out-going...

Wiltshire Council appoints new leader as Baroness Scott steps down

11.07.19: Philip Whitehead has been appointed as the new leader of Wiltshire Council as the former leader, the Baroness Scott of Bybrook OBE, steps down after 16 years at the authority. Cllr Whitehead, who has represented Urchfont and The Canning SIN...

Councils welcome government review of guidance for youth services

11.07.19: A review of the statutory guidance for council-provided youth services has been launched by the government. Civil society minister Mims Davies made the announcement, stating that the review will “focus on the positive role local autho...

City council chief executive to swap Birmingham for New Zealand’s Christchurch CC

11.07.19: The chief executive of Birmingham City Council has announced she will be stepping down from her role to take up a new position the top job at Christchurch City Council in New Zealand. Dawn Baxendale leaves the council 16 months after joinin...

New guidance for academy trusts to ‘crack down on excessive executive pay’

09.07.19: New guidance for setting executive pay has been published by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), suggesting trusts must be prepared to cut pay in cases of poor management. The new guidance sets out key factors that should be use...

Achieving sustainable place prosperity

05.07.19: Since our major employers and the places and communities they are based in have a deeply inter-connected relationship, bosses and place-leaders should work together to upskill local people to meet the demands of an ever-changing workplace, argue...

Peers call for NHS-style free social care system and an extra £8bn to tackle funding crisis

04.07.19: The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee has challenged the two Tory leadership candidates to create an NHS-style free service in response to rapidly rising demand in social care. Peers including former Conservative and Labour chancell...

LGA chair Jamieson calls for higher taxes and greater freedoms for councils to tackle austerity

03.07.19: Local authorities must be given “more powers, funding” and the freedom to raise council taxes in order to tackle the widespread challenges facing councils, the new chair of the Local Government Association (LGA) has said. Speaki...

Chief executive of Anglesey County Council announces plans to retire

02.07.19: The chief executive of Anglesey County Council has announced his retirement and will step down from his role in October. Dr Gwynne Jones said it had been a “difficult decision for me personally” but that the time was right to re...

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Local government secretary announces £9m Brexit preparedness fund

22/08/2019Local government secretary announces £9m Brexit preparedness fund

Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick MP has announced an extra £9m will be made available to ensure local areas and major ports are re... more >
Councils save £100m through LGA sector-led improvements

21/08/2019Councils save £100m through LGA sector-led improvements

Councils have saved more than £100m in the past year through a sector-led improvement (SLI) offer set up by the Local Government Associatio... more >
Northern road projects in £700m funding bid

21/08/2019Northern road projects in £700m funding bid

Transport for the North (TfN) has submitted a bid for £700m of investment into the region’s roads over the next five years, with 16 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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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 >
Generating growth with the Grimsby town deal

22/08/2019Generating growth with the Grimsby town deal

Something is stirring in the north of England. Philip Jackson, leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, explains what’s occurring and how it’s caught the eye of Government and the p... more >
Local government secretary announces £9m Brexit preparedness fund

22/08/2019Local government secretary announces £9m Brexit preparedness fund

Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick MP has announced an extra £9m will be made available to ensure local areas and major ports are ready for Brexit. As part of the funding, local... more >

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New rules to change the future of Social Value

05/06/2019New rules to change the future of Social Value

The government has announced the introduction of new rules to change the future of social value and make the way housing developers stump up the money for infrastructure both simpler and more transparent. These regulatory changes are designed to help achieve its ambition to deliver 300,000 extra homes per year by the mid-2020s.  ... 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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