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Northamptonshire council chief admits job is ‘fraught with risk’

14.09.18: The new chief executive of Northamptonshire County Council, Theresa Grant, has said that day-to-day life working at the cash-strapped council is “fraught with risk.” Grant is the council’s fourth CEO in just 12 months and...

Councils urged to provide place-based credit building and salary-linked loans

12.09.18: A new report has urged local authorities and all other public-sector employers to offers their employees salary-linked loans and saving systems to boost financial literacy and end “punitive” borrowing costs. The think tank, ResP...

Building Birmingham Scholarship

03.09.18: Clive Skidmore, assistant director for housing development at Birmingham City Council, takes us back to when the Building Birmingham Scholarship programme was created and explains how it has helped young people since then. In 2008, the City...

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough CA seeks new boss as CEO steps down

31.08.18: The chief executive of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority has decided to step down in order to “move on to new challenges.” Martin Whiteley led the combined authority since its inception to help deliver a “...

Norfolk council condemns ‘misleading, flawed and untested’ PCC bid to control fire services

29.08.18: A business case made by Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner (PCC) to run the county’s fire service has been condemned as “misleading” and “flawed” by Norfolk County Council. In an announcement today...

Case file of former Liverpool boss handed on to Crown Prosecution Service

29.08.18: CORRECTION NOTICE A previous version of this story, dated 24 August, contained inaccuracies relating to Ged Fitzgerald's involvement in the case. PSE would like to clarify that Mr Fitzgerald has not been accused of fraud, and his suspension las...

Management: Hard to be agile?

28.08.18: Peter Stansbury, lead author of the Agile Business Consortium’s Agile Digital Services (AgileDS) training course and qualification, recommends leaving behind traditional management techniques and embracing a forward-thinking behaviour in t...

Understanding the apprenticeship levy

13.08.18: YPO has launched the first national apprenticeship framework this month, allowing the UK public sector to access apprenticeship training across all standards from a range of local and national suppliers. Lizzy Grayson, category manager of corporat...

Councils call for single code of conduct and £2m ethical standards training scheme

07.08.18: Parish and town councils would be supportive of a single code of conduct that could be used by all local authorities, research has found. Local government currently uses different codes of conduct across its landscape, but 90% of councils s...

Council confidence: Enough is enough

06.08.18: Heather Wakefield, Unison’s head of local government, police and justice, analyses her organisation’s scathing research into the confidence of council workers in the future of local services. It’s a bleak indictment of the...

Modern policing: the future is bright

06.08.18: SPONSORED INTERVIEW The public sector, and policing in particular, has often been criticised as being slow to adapt to change. But now, says Louise Fellows, O2’s new managing partner for Homes Affairs, things are changing. She sits down...

Public sector pay cap scrapped as rises on way for one million workers

24.07.18: Around one million public sector workers will benefit from the biggest pay rise in almost 10 years, the government announced today in an unprecedented move. The controversial 1% pay rise cap – which union bosses claim has costed the p...

Mind the skills gap

23.07.18: Kathleen Henehan, research and policy analyst at the Resolution Foundation, examines the intergenerational and international skills gap faced by the UK, and looks at alternative ways into work than the A-Levels to graduate route.  The...

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...

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Somerset council criticises financial resiliency index and media speculation on its finances

24/09/2018Somerset council criticises financial resiliency index and media speculation on its finances

Somerset County Council has expressed their concerns over the proposed financial resiliency index scheme, saying that “having a relative ra... more >
Edinburgh council plans out £30m cuts to tackle four-year £106m black hole

24/09/2018Edinburgh council plans out £30m cuts to tackle four-year £106m black hole

Edinburgh Council have announced a wave of consultations and set out their four-year plan to tackle their budget gap and growing strains on servi... more >
Cash-strapped Somerset council might still fail to set ‘sustainable budget’ despite massive cuts

24/09/2018Cash-strapped Somerset council might still fail to set ‘sustainable budget’ despite massive cuts

Somerset County Council might still fail to make sufficient savings to establish a “sustainable budget” even after the latest wave of... 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 >
Northamptonshire CC members vote in favour of unitary proposals

28/08/2018Northamptonshire CC members vote in favour of unitary proposals

Councillors at Northamptonshire County Council have voted in favour of proposals to create a unitary authority at its full council meeting today. The financially-struggling authority has had... more >
Northamptonshire report to propose splitting region into two unitaries

17/08/2018Northamptonshire report to propose splitting region into two unitaries

A report on the future of the debt-ridden Northamptonshire region due to be published this afternoon will likely recommend replacing all eight local authorities with two unitary councils. Pu... more >

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Social value: what is it and why?

14/09/2018Social value: what is it and why?

Ben Carpenter, chief executive of Social Value UK, discusses the worth of social value, and argues that, before we start measuring social value, we should ask clearly: what is it, and why? Social value is so much more than a value for money exercise. If you see social value as simply a new catchphrase for ‘efficiency savings’... more >
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Crown Commercial Service: Travel solutions on track

10/09/2018Crown Commercial Service: Travel solutions on track

Katrina Williams, head of travel at the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), explains how they are helping government organisations to get the best de... more >
LEPs need to do more for England's countryside

10/09/2018LEPs need to do more for England's countryside

Paul Miner, head of strategic plans and devolution at the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), highlights the findings of a recent survey wh... more >
What about social care?

10/09/2018What about social care?

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, looks at the exclusion of social care from the government’s rece... more >
Re-evaluating public service reforms

10/09/2018Re-evaluating public service reforms

Chris Painter, professor emeritus at Birmingham City University, explores the paradox of reform principles persisting despite mounting evidence a... more >

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Michael King: Time for Ombudsman reform

06/08/2018Michael King: Time for Ombudsman reform

Michael King first joined the Local Government Ombudsman service back in 2004 as deputy ombudsman. At the start of 2017, he was appointed as the ... more >
Helping a city understand itself

06/08/2018Helping a city understand itself

SPONSORED INTERVIEW The urban landscape is changing. How can local authorities keep up with citizen behaviour? Stephen Leece, managing directo... more >
Modern policing: the future is bright

06/08/2018Modern policing: the future is bright

SPONSORED INTERVIEW The public sector, and policing in particular, has often been criticised as being slow to adapt to change. But now, says L... more >
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 >

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