Workforce, Pensions and Training

Pay cap has taken £8.5bn from the public sector this year

21.11.17: Union bosses have warned that a total of £48bn has been taken from public sector pay wage budgets since the government took over in 2010, with £8.5bn this year. Research by the TUC shows that England’s 50 poorest parliamen...

‘Long overdue’ council pay rise to cost Treasury just half of original estimate

17.11.17: Higher council employee wages would save the Treasury money, Unison has claimed. New research published by the major union has argued that the government would save half of the cost of the pay rise called for in the 2018 pay claim put to the LG...

Somerset council plans to cut 300 jobs over next two years

16.11.17: Bath and North East Somerset Council (BNES) announced it needs to make £16m of savings over the next two years due to government funding cuts and rising demand. Its staff have been informed that 15% of the 2,000-strong workforce will...

Private giant government lead named new Surrey council CEO

16.11.17: Surrey County Council has announced a new chief executive, joining the authority from private-sector giant KPMG. Joanna Killian, former Essex County Council chief, will be subject to Full Council approval before taking over the organisation...

Council considers slashing 40 jobs amid £13m spending cut

13.11.17: Newcastle City Council has put forward proposals to slash funding by £13m in the next year, alongside plans to raise council tax. The council also says that 40 jobs are likely to become redundant, as leaders outlined plans to meet spe...

Jeremy Hunt to announce Excellence in Health Creation Awards winners

13.11.17: Now in its second year, the New NHS Alliance (NNHSA) 2017 Excellence in Health Creation Awards is still open for entries. The awards celebrate the work of individuals and organisations that are leading the way in delivering health crea...

CCN: Councils should be given greater powers to deal with local labour shortages

06.11.17: Devolution of powers to county councils could help deal with future labour and skills shortages, says the County Councils Network (CCN). A report from think tank Localis, supported by the CCN, suggests that nine out of 10 locations most at...

‘Shocking’ figures reveal that one in 10 council workers receive below living wage

03.11.17: One in every 10 council workers are receiving a salary that is below the national living wage according to UNISON. The public workers union has called on the government to increase council funding to a level where every worker can receive a...

How to professionalise Whitehall

01.11.17: With the challenge of Brexit and growing pressures on public services, it is more important than ever that a series of ambitious reforms to the Civil Service modernises the way government works, argues Julian McCrae, deputy director at the Insti...

Derby could hire new manager on £155,000 despite senior level changes

30.10.17: Derby City Council could employ a new ‘director of corporate resources’ on £155,000 a year despite increasing cuts and many authorities combining roles to save cash. The council recently changed its management structure to...

Council considers axing 400 jobs to cover £30m funding gap

25.10.17: Swindon Borough Council has warned that it could get rid of over 400 jobs in order to account for a lack of funding from central government. The council has called the scheme the ‘Swindon Programme’ and maintains that it is abou...

Five million public sector workers paid less than private sector counterparts

23.10.17: In 2016 five million public sector workers were paid less than the equivalent private sector staff, according to figures obtained by the GMB. The figures come from a freedom of information request by the union, which showed that the affecte...

Council pays out £3.5m to workers in major equal wage ruling

16.10.17: St Helens Council has been ordered to pay £3.5m in equal payment claims by the Employment Tribunal. The case has been ongoing for a number of years, going through the Employment Appeal Tribunal before the council chose not to take pro...

Former local government leader appointed as NHS England director

10.10.17: A former local government leader has been appointed NHS England’s new national learning disability director. Ray James, the former national president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and long-standing e...

Union ballots members over striking against public sector pay cap

09.10.17: One of the UK’s largest public sector unions has launched a consultative ballot to find the views of its members on whether to take industrial action over the government’s controversial 1% pay cap. The Public and Commercial Serv...

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Sheffield City Region announces major housing pilot

23/11/2017Sheffield City Region announces major housing pilot

Sheffield City Region (SCR) will begin to assess applications for new housing schemes as part of an £8m pilot project across the area. ... more >
London council to launch ‘ethical debt collection’ for residents

23/11/2017London council to launch ‘ethical debt collection’ for residents

Hammersmith and Fulham Council (H & F) have launched “ethical debt collections” service in a bid to reduce costs to residents. ... more >
Council told to reimburse Suffolk woman charged for care she never received

23/11/2017Council told to reimburse Suffolk woman charged for care she never received

Suffolk County Council has been hit by criticism from the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) after a woman was wrongly charged for ... 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 >
Second devo deal for West Midlands approved as more finally on the way

22/11/2017Second devo deal for West Midlands approved as more finally on the way

The government has agreed a second devolution deal “in principle” with the West Midlands mayor and combined authority to address local productivity barriers, and has also committed to... more >
Counties slam ‘secret and underhand’ city council boundary takeover plot

17/11/2017Counties slam ‘secret and underhand’ city council boundary takeover plot

Nottingham and Derby city councils have been accused of “secret and underhand” plans to expand their boundaries without proper consultation with residents or other authorities. The c... more >

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City-centric, deeply disappointing and a nightmare – criticisms pile against the Budget

22/11/2017City-centric, deeply disappointing and a nightmare – criticisms pile against the Budget

It’s been a busy day in the PSE office. Philip Hammond’s Autumn Budget included a number of interesting announcements, ranging from new devolution deals and housing measures to changes to business rates. This year’s Statement was described well by Lord Bob Kerslake, who said it had been a “mixed bag” for hous... more >
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Driving forward a healthier Scotland

10/11/2017Driving forward a healthier Scotland

Dundee City Council is leading the way in boosting electric vehicle (EV) uptake in Scotland, writes Rebecca Wallace from the local authority&rsqu... more >
A smarter approach to digital transformation

10/11/2017A smarter approach to digital transformation

Catherine Bright, Smarter Digital Services (SDS) manager, explains how a partnership of 12 councils across Kent and Surrey are jointly funding a ... more >
Delivering on estates

10/11/2017Delivering on estates

Sam Ulyatt, strategic category commercial director at the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), on how a new framework can help public sector organisat... more >
Open for business

10/11/2017Open for business

Clare Moore, senior specialist of valuation and disposals at the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), explains how public sector bodies looking to... more >

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‘The HSCN is the realisation of industry best practice’

30/06/2017‘The HSCN is the realisation of industry best practice’

Keith Smith, public sector business development manager at Virgin Media Business, tells PSE’s Luana Salles that health and social care orga... more >
HSCN: The enabler for a more joined-up public sector

26/06/2017HSCN: The enabler for a more joined-up public sector

Mark Hall, Chief Assurance Officer at Redcentric, discusses NHS Digital’s project, the new Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) and what b... more >
Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

25/04/2017Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

Ahead of this year’s mayoral elections, Lord Kerslake, the former head of the Civil Service, tells PSE’s David Stevenson why the argu... more >
New social care funding misses the point

13/04/2017New social care funding misses the point

Clive Betts MP, chair of the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee, reflects on the social care funding released in this year’s ... more >

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