Workforce, Pensions and Training

Government does not ‘currently have understanding’ of skills businesses need going through Brexit

22.06.18: Government departments “do not have sufficient understanding” of what skills UK businesses need, or how Brexit will impact the supply of STEM skills in the workforce, MPs have announced. In a report today by the Public Accounts...

Government under pressure as NAO finds universal credit not delivering value for money

15.06.18: Universal Credit (UC) has not delivered value for money and-- it is uncertain that it ever will, according to research published by the National Audit Office (NAO) today. The roll out of the new system has taken significantly longer than fi...

Targets and tribulations

04.06.18: David Willett, corporate director at The Open University, walks us through the university’s research into the apprenticeship levy, as well as its flexible approach to learning on-the-job. The UK is in a precarious position. Despite so...

Liverpool council CEO resigns after failed judicial review request

15.05.18: The chief executive of Liverpool City Council has resigned ahead of the authority's Annual General Meeting, which could have seen him removed from office. Council boss Ged Fitzgerald stepped aside from his role in May 2017 following his arrest...

Brexit Commission: right deal required for public sector staff mix

03.05.18: A bespoke agreement with the European Union allowing two-way free movement for skilled public-sector workers alongside lower skilled posts is seen as “the ideal solution,” a new report has claimed. The findings, released today b...

Applications now open for this year’s National Apprenticeship Awards

02.05.18: This year’s National Apprenticeship Awards, which seeks to reflect the quality of apprenticeships across all sectors, is now open for entries. The fifteenth iteration of the successful event, led by the National Apprenticeship Service...

Javid replaced after leaving local government post to join Home Office

30.04.18: Former communities, local government and housing secretary Sajid Javid has been appointed as home secretary, replacing Amber Rudd – who resigned yesterday due to the ongoing Windrush scandal. Javid’s appointment was announced by...

Apprenticeship levy: retrain without pain?

23.04.18: Tom Stannard, deputy spokesperson for economic prosperity and housing at Solace, considers the future potential of the apprenticeship levy a year into its creation. The apprenticeship levy, which came into force in April 2017, is part of th...

Council leader steps down amidst data breach probe

19.04.18: The leader of St Helen’s Council has resigned to protect his local authority while police investigate a “possible data breach.” It is believed that the allegations, which Barrie Grunewald has described as “spurious,&rdqu...

Employment support must work for all

19.04.18: London’s new Work and Health Programmes (WHPs), which have now gone live, will help thousands more people get into work across the capital, notes Cllr Claire Kober OBE, chair of London Councils. London is a vibrant, international city...

Former Rochdale council leader lied under oath to child sex abuse inquiry

12.04.18: A recently-resigned Rochdale council leader has been suspended by the Labour Party and is facing a police investigation after an official child abuse inquiry found he lied under oath during the hearing. The document, made by the Independent...

Council CEO misconduct investigation leader suspended for ‘concerning actions’

12.04.18: A councillor leading the investigation into two suspended officers at Cheshire East Council has himself been suspended. Conservative Cllr Howard Murray was asked to step down after concerns were raised over his behaviour whilst serving as c...

Local government pay deal to be implemented as Unison accepts offer

10.04.18: Public service union Unison has confirmed that it has now accepted the LGA’s pay offer. In January the union’s pay committee rejected the proposals before putting it to a members consultation. The two-year pay offer, covering the...

Council considers axing chief executive role

06.04.18: Following the announcement that chief executive Dorcas Bunton is to retire on 31 May, councillors of Derbyshire Dales District Council will next week consider whether or not to axe the top role.  Bunton, has worked in the public sector...

NHS demands flexibility over how it spends apprenticeship levy

28.03.18: NHS employers would like to see more flexibility over how they can spend their levy fund, a report has revealed. The report, ‘The apprenticeship levy study: NHS trusts,’ produced by BPP University, Health Education En...

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London council ‘negligent and in denial’ over tower blocks at risk of collapse

22/06/2018London council ‘negligent and in denial’ over tower blocks at risk of collapse

Two tower blocks in North London are at risk of collapse, with the area’s council announcing it wants to begin re-housing residents “... more >
Christchurch allowed into High Court over Dorset council merger battle

22/06/2018Christchurch allowed into High Court over Dorset council merger battle

An ongoing battle between Christchurch Borough Council and a planned council merger has been given the go-ahead to proceed to the High Court. ... more >
Government does not ‘currently have understanding’ of skills businesses need going through Brexit

22/06/2018Government does not ‘currently have understanding’ of skills businesses need going through Brexit

Government departments “do not have sufficient understanding” of what skills UK businesses need, or how Brexit will impact the supply... 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 >
Christchurch allowed into High Court over Dorset council merger battle

22/06/2018Christchurch allowed into High Court over Dorset council merger battle

An ongoing battle between Christchurch Borough Council and a planned council merger has been given the go-ahead to proceed to the High Court. Last month, Christchurch council outlined its pl... more >
Government under fire for lack of care funding after £20bn NHS pledge

18/06/2018Government under fire for lack of care funding after £20bn NHS pledge

Council chiefs have heavily criticised Theresa May for not including social care funding in her promise to increase cash resources by £20bn annually for the NHS to mark the service’s ... more >

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The work of the vanguards can help overcome the challenges of integrated care

29/05/2018The work of the vanguards can help overcome the challenges of integrated care

Following the announcement of the second wave of integrated care systems (ICSs), NHS Providers, the NHS Confederation, NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) and the LGA reflect on how lessons learnt by members from across the four organisations – that have designed and worked together as part of the vanguards – will support the j... more >
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Grenfell, one year on

18/06/2018Grenfell, one year on

In the year since the Grenfell Tower disaster, the LGA has been working tirelessly to ramp up fire safety regulations and ban ‘desktop&rsqu... more >
Brexit's long shadow over devolution

18/06/2018Brexit's long shadow over devolution

The EU Referendum and the stop-start Brexit negotiations have left a looming shadow of uncertainty over devolution in the UK, writes Anthony Sala... more >
Decisions, decisions

18/06/2018Decisions, decisions

The true social value of procurement comes from asking challenging questions and thinking outside the box, argues Melissa Bell, sustainable procu... more >
Finding the balance

18/06/2018Finding the balance

Douglas White, head of advocacy at the Carnegie UK Trust, evaluates the risk-benefit relationship of data sharing within the public sector, highl... more >

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Data at the heart of digital transformation

03/04/2018Data at the heart of digital transformation

SPONSORED INTERVIEW Grant Caley, UK & Ireland chief technologist at NetApp, speaks to PSE’s Luana Salles about the benefits of movin... more >
GDPR: The public sector scarecrow

03/04/2018GDPR: The public sector scarecrow

SPONSORED INTERVIEW PSE’s Josh Mines chats to Martin de Martini, CIO of Y Soft, about what the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)... more >
Keeping London safe

05/03/2018Keeping London safe

Theo Blackwell, London’s first-ever chief digital officer (CDO), speaks to PSE’s Luana Salles about the role he plays in ensuring the... more >
BIM: Digitising the public sector

19/02/2018BIM: Digitising the public sector

PSE’s Josh Mines talks to Stephen Crompton, CTO at GroupBC, and Stuart Bell, the company’s sales and marketing director, about how Bu... more >

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    Rafael Cortes, Foehn head of marketing, explains how G-Cloud 10 should be a catalyst for innovative solutions and not a source of complacency. It was...
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    David Willett, corporate director at The Open University, walks us through the university’s research into the apprenticeship levy, as well as...
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    PSE’s Seamus McDonnell looks at the reactions of councils and the government to the Grenfell Tower fire, from the immediate aftermath to the...
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