Workforce, Pensions and Training

Government sets out increased pension protection for outsourced council workers

14.01.19: Local government workers whose jobs have been outsourced will receive increased pension protections and will remain in the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) under new proposals published today. Under the government proposals, employers...

Bournemouth boss redundancy to cost £475,000 ahead of planned merger

10.01.19: The redundancy of Bournemouth Borough Council’s managing director ahead of a planned merger of Dorset councils will cost around £475,000. Two new unitary authorities will replace the county’s nine councils in April, but Bo...

Camden Council to appoint director as new chief executive

09.01.19: Camden Council is set to appoint Jenny Rowlands as its new chief executive. Rowlands is currently Camden Council’s executive director for supportive communities having served in the role since 2016, and will now take over from chief e...

Former Northamptonshire leader Heather Smith resigns from council

04.01.19: The former leader of the Northamptonshire County Council has resigned as a councillor, saying she wanted to “move on” as she feels her role as backbencher “does not serve any useful purpose.” A by-election will now b...

People make places: breaking the low-skilled equilibrium

02.01.19: Cities across the country are stuck in a cycle of low-skilled workers with low-paid jobs facing few opportunities to upskill or progress, and the rise of robots and automation with only make matters worse. Elena Magrini, researcher at the Centre...

A healthy state of affairs at Chesire East Council

02.01.19: Mark Palethorpe, acting executive director of people at Cheshire East Council, explains what the Skills for Care graduate management programme could mean for the adult social care workforce. Recruiting into adult social care is a big challe...

Royal borough council names new managing director

02.01.19: Duncan Sharkey has been named as the new managing director at the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. Sharkey, who is currently the corporate director at Milton Keynes Council, is expected to be confirmed as the new managing director a...

Nottingham City Council slams government austerity as it cuts further £22m and 27 jobs

20.12.18: Nottingham City Council needs to slash £22m and an initial 27 jobs from its budget, and has blamed government austerity for repeated cuts to services after its main funding source has been reduced by three quarters since 2013. The cit...

Putting quality at the heart of apprenticeships

18.12.18: Keith Smith, director of apprenticeships at the Education and Skills Funding Agency, outlines the key initiatives currently taking place to drive the growth and quality of apprenticeships. An apprenticeship can be life-changing, with higher...

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...

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Newham council to set up commission into ‘astonishing failures’ amid £9m fraud allegations

15/01/2019Newham council to set up commission into ‘astonishing failures’ amid £9m fraud allegations

Newham LBC is establishing a wide-ranging commission to review its financial management in the wake of “astonishing failures of system cont... more >
Norfolk council proposes closing 38 children centres in updated proposal following backlash

15/01/2019Norfolk council proposes closing 38 children centres in updated proposal following backlash

Around 70% of children’s centres in Norfolk are set to close despite major opposition to the closures, with Norfolk County Council now prop... more >
Greater oversight of local governance needed as NAO slams government’s lack of transparency

15/01/2019Greater oversight of local governance needed as NAO slams government’s lack of transparency

Oversight of local governance systems must be improved by the government to help councils cope with increasing financial and demand pressures, ac... 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 >
Statutory directions lifted as council’s children’s services ‘vastly improved’

09/01/2019Statutory directions lifted as council’s children’s services ‘vastly improved’

Bromley LBC’s children’s services has had its statutory direction lifted by Ofsted in an “absolutely remarkable” turnaround just two years after inspectors slammed “... more >
Corby council calls for delay to Northamptonshire unitary plans

08/01/2019Corby council calls for delay to Northamptonshire unitary plans

Corby Borough Council has asked for the proposed creation of two new unitary authorities in Northamptonshire to be delayed after the local authority pointed to time constraints, staffing pressure... more >

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Bus franchising is the biggest power new mayors have - they should use it

15/01/2019Bus franchising is the biggest power new mayors have - they should use it

It will face opposition at first, but transitioning to a system of bus franchising is the best and only option to truly modernise transport systems across our city regions, argues Luke Raikes, senior research fellow at IPPR North. England’s new metro mayors are slowly reshaping English politics. Next year, the mayors elected in 2017... more >
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Government accountability: A year in crises

15/01/2019Government accountability: A year in crises

From Windrush to Univerisal Credit: the Institute for Government’s (IfG’s) accountability lead Benoit Guerin discusses how we can ave... more >
Rethinking public-private partnerships

15/01/2019Rethinking public-private partnerships

Trinley Walker, senior policy researcher at the New Local Government Network (NLGN) considers some different ways of approaching the relationship... more >
Fracking: divest to invest

07/01/2019Fracking: divest to invest

Deirdre Duff, divestment campaigner at Friends of the Earth, takes a look at local authorities’ role in fracking. The fossil fuel indu... more >
Building credit with the public sector

07/01/2019Building credit with the public sector

Mark Morrin, localism lead and principal research consultant at ResPublica, makes the case for salary-deducted lending to sit alongside a broader... more >

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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 >
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 >
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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