Workforce, Pensions and Training

New hope for struggling Northamptonshire as ‘exceptional’ CEO hired to fix finances

13.07.18: A woman who last week decided to step down from her top job at Trafford after clashing with the authority’s new Labour leadership has been appointed CEO of what has been branded the country’s worst-run council. Theresa Grant, wh...

Bristol council accused of breaking its own pay pledge rules

28.06.18: Bristol City Council has been accused of breaking its own rules after spending £2m on senior interim staff. The council abides by a 10:1 voluntary pay pledge, which says that those on the highest salaries should not earn more than&nbs...

Council faces fresh £5m legal action over equal pay on top of £80m bill settled so far

26.06.18: A council is facing another round of equal pay claims which could rack up around £5m in fines as a result of its reportedly “unjustifiable devaluation of women’s work.” Fife Council in Scotland, which has already set...

The great training robbery

25.06.18: Tom Richmond, senior research fellow at Reform, looks under the hood of the government’s apprenticeship policies and analyses the damage inflicted by the apprenticeship levy on the public sector. Both the 2015 and 2017 Conservative Pa...

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...

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District and borough authorities begin challenge against Nottinghamshire super-council

20/07/2018District and borough authorities begin challenge against Nottinghamshire super-council

Gedling council members have emphatically outlined their stance against a potential mega-merger in Nottinghamshire that could see borough and dis... more >
Northamptonshire new CEO approved by Full Council to lead area through ‘unprecedented time of change’

20/07/2018Northamptonshire new CEO approved by Full Council to lead area through ‘unprecedented time of change’

Northamptonshire County Council’s new chief executive has been endorsed at the authority’s Full Council meeting yesterday, with the a... more >
‘Naming and shaming index’ for bankrupt councils fails to offer genuine solution

20/07/2018‘Naming and shaming index’ for bankrupt councils fails to offer genuine solution

An index designed to measure councils’ financial resilience in order to avoid another Northamptonshire-style fiasco would actually risk ove... 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 >
Banks sued by 15 major councils in controversial loans fraud court battle

17/07/2018Banks sued by 15 major councils in controversial loans fraud court battle

Barclays is facing a legal battle over the issuing of controversial loans worth millions of pounds to major English councils. A High Court claim revealed by the Mail on Sunday found that 14 ... more >
Business case on the way for Nottinghamshire ‘super council’

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Nottinghamshire has decided to proceed with a formal business case setting out plans to replace the current two-tier system in the region with a unitary authority after a vote was passed in yeste... more >

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One step closer to voter IDs at elections

19/07/2018One step closer to voter IDs at elections

Chloe Smith MP, Minister for the Constitution, evaluates the outcomes of the voter ID pilots conducted at the last local elections. We are one step closer to strengthening the integrity of our electoral system through requiring electors to confirm their identity before they vote, building on the government’s commitment to safeguard ... more >
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One step closer to voter IDs at elections

19/07/2018One step closer to voter IDs at elections

Chloe Smith MP, Minister for the Constitution, evaluates the outcomes of the voter ID pilots conducted at the last local elections. We are o... more >
Accountability in government: what next?

02/07/2018Accountability in government: what next?

Benoit Guerin, senior researcher at the Institute for Government (IfG), explains why accountability in government needs improving and sets out wh... more >
Potholes: The scourge of the roads

02/07/2018Potholes: The scourge of the roads

Potholes are a scourge on our roads and can have much farther-reaching consequences than one might think. Re-routing just a small amount of exist... more >
Can data save the future of children?

02/07/2018Can data save the future of children?

Ingrid Koehler, service innovation lead at the LGiU, takes a look at the untapped potential for a digital, data-led transformation of children&rs... 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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