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Cabinet member resigns over Birmingham council’s ‘declaration of war’ against staff unions in long-running bins dispute

18.01.19: Birmingham City Council is seeking a court injunction against refuse workers striking against fortnightly rubbish collections, sparking the cabinet member for clean streets, waste and recycling to resign in protest. Majid Mahmood, a member...

Deal struck in historic 12-year equal pay dispute with Glasgow City Council

18.01.19: An agreement has been reached over the long-running and bitter dispute over equal pay at Glasgow City Council, which will see thousands of female council workers receive pay-outs worth an estimated £500m. Unions and legal representati...

Oxfordshire County Council moves forward with £50m-savings transformation plan which could see 900 jobs lost

17.01.19: Transformational plans for Oxfordshire County Council could see 890 jobs lost in a bid to save £50m, as councillors meet today to discuss the proposed savings and the implications. Last August the county council proposed a “comp...

Mayor-elect quits over controversy surrounding wife’s involvement in TV executive murder case

16.01.19: The mayor-elect of the London Borough of Redbridge has dramatically withdrawn his nomination after it emerged that his wife was involved in the brutal killing of a TV executive. Varinder Singh-Bola, mayor-elect of Redbridge, announced that...

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...

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Cabinet member resigns over Birmingham council’s ‘declaration of war’ against staff unions in long-running bins dispute

18/01/2019Cabinet member resigns over Birmingham council’s ‘declaration of war’ against staff unions in long-running bins dispute

Birmingham City Council is seeking a court injunction against refuse workers striking against fortnightly rubbish collections, sparking the cabin... more >
Liverpool City Region mayor proposes ‘metro mayor tax’ to deliver priorities, one year after ruling it out

18/01/2019Liverpool City Region mayor proposes ‘metro mayor tax’ to deliver priorities, one year after ruling it out

Liverpool City Region (LCR) mayor Steve Rotheram has proposed a new ‘metro mayor tax’ a year after ruling out such a move as he unvei... more >
Deal struck in historic 12-year equal pay dispute with Glasgow City Council

18/01/2019Deal struck in historic 12-year equal pay dispute with Glasgow City Council

An agreement has been reached over the long-running and bitter dispute over equal pay at Glasgow City Council, which will see thousands of female... 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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Blog: 5 minutes with Dr Tracy Vell MBE, Associate Lead for Primary and Community Care, Greater Manchester, Health and Social Care Partnership.

17/01/2019Blog: 5 minutes with Dr Tracy Vell MBE, Associate Lead for Primary and Community Care, Greater Manchester, Health and Social Care Partnership.

Ahead of next month’s EvoNorth event we caught up with Dr Tracy Vell MBE, Associate Lead for Primary and Community Care, Greater Manchester, Health and Social Care Partnership. Dr Tracy Vell MBE shares her thoughts on the Northern Powerhouse, what it means to her and why she thinks it’s important to attend EvoNorth.  W... 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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