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Councils' legal challenge against Buckinghamshire merger process rejected

22.03.19: An application from three district councils for a judicial review of the merger plans to create a single unitary council for Buckinghamshire has failed. South Buckinghamshire, Chiltern and Wycombe councils have been informed that their appl...

Commissioners report that Northamptonshire’s finances have ‘improved considerably’ but still risk ahead

21.03.19: The two government-appointed commissioners have reported that Northamptonshire County Council’s financial position has “improved considerably” and its budget plans for next year are “robust and realistic.” The...

Local government employment hits ‘new record low’

20.03.19: Local government employment has slumped to a “new record low,” official figures have revealed. The number of people employed in local government dropped to 2.04 million in December 2018, a drop of 44,000 staff (2.1%) from Decemb...

Northamptonshire CC to ask for DfE for more time over controversial early years funding cuts

20.03.19: Northamptonshire County Council is to ask the government for extra time to find a solution to its early years funding deficit after proposals for nearly £2m of cuts faced a backlash from residents. The cash-strapped council had propos...

Gang of council officers given 17-year total jail sentence after stealing more than £1m from three London authorities

20.03.19: A group of corrupt council workers who invented welfare claims to steal more than £1m from three London councils have been sentenced to prison for a total of 17 years. The seven benefit assessors worked at Lambeth, Kingston, and Barki...

Stoke-on-Trent council’s ‘inadequate’ children services slammed by Ofsted in ‘outrageous dereliction of duty’

19.03.19: Vulnerable children are “not being protected” by Stoke-on-Trent City Council and are being failed by its “inadequate” services, Ofsted has found. An inspection of the children’s services in Stoke found that chi...

Birmingham bin dispute declared ‘over’ but strike action costs city council another £6m

18.03.19: The long-running Birmingham bin dispute appears to be over after the city council approved settlements worth £3,500 for each striking worker as it was revealed that the latest strikes have cost the council more than £5.8m. Unite...

Nottingham City Council’s long-standing leader to step down

18.03.19: The long-standing leader of Nottingham City Council has announced he is stepping down from the authority at the local elections in May. Jon Collins has led the city council for 16 years and was elected as a councillor in Nottingham 32 years...

Clean growth collaboration for north west launched by local government and business leaders

15.03.19: A collection of local government, university, and business leaders have joined forces to secure £500m of ‘game-changing’ investment into the future of clean growth in the north west of England. Made up of council leaders a...

Council offered top job to man hit by ‘very serious allegation’ over payments to dissolved firm

15.03.19: One of the top jobs at Wirral Council was given to a contractor eight days after officials knew he had invoiced them for large sums of money being paid into a dissolved company’s bank account. The council blunder saw Stewart Halliday...

‘Damning’ auditor’s report published on Bristol Council’s £100k pay-out to ex-chief executive

13.03.19: A “damning” auditor’s report into a £100,000 pay-off made by Bristol City Council to its former chief executive has been released. Bristol mayor Marvin Rees insisted that ex-chief executive Anna Klonowski was entitle...

Liverpool metro mayor announces commission into new city centre rail station

13.03.19: Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has unveiled a commission to deliver a new station in Liverpool city centre to connect the region to HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR). Metro mayor Steve Rotherham announced the creation of the...

Newham council to appoint new permanent chief executive

13.03.19: Newham LBC is set to appoint Althea Loderick as its new chief executive and head of paid service. If approved by the full council later this month, Loderick will replace the former Capita boss Katherine Kerswell who has been the interim chi...

Unitary council leader resigns over abuse ‘beyond what any reasonable person should have to endure’

13.03.19: The leader of a unitary authority has announced he is resigning with immediate effect, blaming abuse he has received from campaigners and “health challenges.” The leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, Ray Oxby, has revealed...

City and county councils appoint joint director to deliver economic growth across Peterborough and Cambridgeshire

12.03.19: Peterborough and Cambridgeshire councils have appointed a joint executive director in order to boost the city and county economy, completing the management team of the wholly joined-up joint services. Steve Cox will take on the role of exec...

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Essex council announces £1bn construction deal

22/03/2019Essex council announces £1bn construction deal

An Essex council has announced a £1bn contract in a joint venture to regenerate council sites and deliver new homes and commercial faciliti... more >
Council to pull out of government schools improvement body over rising costs and ‘major concerns’ over poor management

22/03/2019Council to pull out of government schools improvement body over rising costs and ‘major concerns’ over poor management

A Welsh council is to pull out of a government-run schools improvement scheme over concerns about how it is run and fears that the quadrupling of... more >
Councils' legal challenge against Buckinghamshire merger process rejected

22/03/2019Councils' legal challenge against Buckinghamshire merger process rejected

An application from three district councils for a judicial review of the merger plans to create a single unitary council for Buckinghamshire has ... 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 >
Budget meeting descends into chaos as Manchester council raids reserves

11/03/2019Budget meeting descends into chaos as Manchester council raids reserves

Manchester City Council is to raid its reserves and raise council tax in a bid to make £15m worth of savings in a meeting that spiralled out of control and led to councillors “aggress... more >
‘Betrayed’ foster carers of Parsons Green bomber sue Surrey council

08/03/2019‘Betrayed’ foster carers of Parsons Green bomber sue Surrey council

The foster parents of the Parson Green bomber are suing Surrey County Council for negligence after the authority placed him in their home without telling them he had been “trained to kill b... more >

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Councils Can: LGA launches Spending Review campaign

18/03/2019Councils Can: LGA launches Spending Review campaign

Lord Porter, chairman of the Local Government Association, outlines his organisation’s campaign to make sure local government tops to government’s list for this year’s Spending Review. Our #CouncilsCan campaign to influence this year’s Spending Review is well underway and gathering momentum. The money local governm... more >
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Camberley inspired: investment and regeneration

11/03/2019Camberley inspired: investment and regeneration

The decline of the Great British high street has been one of the greatest concerns for local councils in recent years, leading to some innovative... more >
Swindon's solar-powered recycling centre saves council cash

11/03/2019Swindon's solar-powered recycling centre saves council cash

Steve Cains, head of power solutions at Public Power Solutions, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Swindon Borough Council, describes the benefits of... more >
National Infrastructure Commission: Progressing the North

11/03/2019National Infrastructure Commission: Progressing the North

The National Infrastructure Commission’s (NIC) National Infrastructure Assessment was released in July 2018, making a variety of recommenda... more >
SARS II: Recovery made easy

11/03/2019SARS II: Recovery made easy

Paul Bentley, of the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), introduces us to the Spend Analysis Recovery Framework: a no win no fee means of carrying ou... 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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