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Six years on: Taking stock of G-Cloud 11

09.07.19: Rafael Cortes, head of marketing at Foehn, reviews the success of G-Cloud and what the most recent iteration offers the future. Even the best of relationships can go through a ‘six-year patch’. Not so at Foehn. To the contrary...

County Councils Network announces new chairman

05.07.19: The County Councils Network (CCN) has announced today that councillor David Williams has been elected leader of the Conservative group for the network, and will now be chairman elect for the organisation. This follows a leadership contest b...

Five ways the UK Shared Prosperity Fund can rebalance the economy

01.07.19: Executive director of the Institute of Economic Development, Nigel Wilcock, argues that the UK Shared Prosperity Fund should address imbalances in localities that affect prosperity. Whilst government may have missed its latest deadline for...

Zero-waste economies positive for cities and people, says report

28.06.19: A report by Circle Economy shows that cities which encourage circular economy practises, such as repairing and recycling, bring in investment and new jobs. The analysis explores how local authorities in 43 European cities support the circul...

Dr Joshua Pritchard says social value is the answer to spending taxpayers’ money effectively

27.06.19: For decades, successive governments have sought to ensure taxpayers’ money is spent in the most effective and most efficient ways possible. Dr Joshua Pritchard, researcher at Reform - the independent public services think tank – talk...

LGA praise councils for sharing services which save over £1bn

27.06.19: Councils across the UK are sharing services to cut down on costs that save the taxpayer over £1.3bn, a report from council leader shows. The Local Government Association (LGA) hailed the initiative from 626 partnerships as a success. ...

techUK's Henry Rex: Fostering industry and government collaboration

26.06.19: Efforts to improve public sector access to the capabilities and expertise contained within the SME community are continuing at pace. Henry Rex, head of public sector/central government programmes at techUK, discusses the difficulties for busines...

Britain gets behind Boundless' Public Service Day campaign

24.06.19: Britain finally said ‘thank you’ to the country’s 5.37m public sector workers following a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of Public Service Day. The day, which took place on Sunday June 23 this year, was launched by...

Flexible working being led by the public sector, Softworks survey finds

26.02.19: The public sector is leading the way in regards to flexible working, with 94% of public sector organisations offering this to employees, a new survey has revealed. The survey by Softworks, in partnership with Public Sector Executive, sought...

Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

17.12.18: 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. But is it really just as simple as buying new software? Simon Dennis, director of artificial intellige...

Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

17.12.18: 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 sector sales, speaks to PSE’s Luana Salles about what a day in his life looks like, and how th...

New framework addresses the importance of digital transformation for the public sector

04.12.18: Ryan Reed, head of public sector sales at Swiss Post Solution (SPS), reveals the new ESPO 390 framework, which can help address the need for digital transformation across the public sector.  The administrative and financial b...

Public Sector Executive fuels the Northern Powerhouse with official partnership

21.11.18: Cognitive Publishing, the home of leading government management magazine Public Sector Executive, has been selected as an official partner of the Northern Powerhouse. In support of the regional initiative, Cognitive will join a network of l...

IfG: Unpopular funding reform decisions ahead as easiest council cuts have already been made

12.10.18: The easiest savings across the public sector have already been made and choices of where to cut corners are getting increasingly harder, meaning the government will soon have to face tough decisions on the future of public service financing. ...

Artificial intelligence: Is it really worth it?

08.10.18: Hugo D’Ulisse, technical director, public sector at SAS UK & Ireland, outlines the top issues you’ll need to consider for making artificial intelligence (AI) a success. When it comes to AI, it feels like the UK has ente...

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County council approves £153m link road amid climate change protests

16/07/2019County council approves £153m link road amid climate change protests

Norwich county councillors have formally approved a new link road for the Norwich bypass, despite the environmental group Extinction Rebellion st... more >
Lewisham Council appoint new chief executive from Hackney Council

15/07/2019Lewisham Council appoint new chief executive from Hackney Council

Lewisham LBC is set to appoint Kim Wright, currently a group director at Hackney Council, as its new chief executive. Wright will take up th... more >
Councils, NHS trusts and police to work together to tackle serious crime under new ‘public health duty’

15/07/2019Councils, NHS trusts and police to work together to tackle serious crime under new ‘public health duty’

Local authorities, NHS trusts and police forces will all be required to work together to tackle serious violence under the new ‘public heal... 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 >
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New rules to change the future of Social Value

05/06/2019New rules to change the future of Social Value

The government has announced the introduction of new rules to change the future of social value and make the way housing developers stump up the money for infrastructure both simpler and more transparent. These regulatory changes are designed to help achieve its ambition to deliver 300,000 extra homes per year by the mid-2020s.  ... more >
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Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Being on the receiving end of some “thanks” can make communit... more >
How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

19/06/2019How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

Tom Chance, director at the National Community Land Trust Network, argues that community-led initiatives are a productive way of helping to solve... more >
Aberdeen's green transport fleet attracting international attention

19/06/2019Aberdeen's green transport fleet attracting international attention

Aberdeen City Council’s hydrogen spokesperson, councillor Philip Bell, highlights the Granite City’s determination to play a leading ... more >
A fifth of public sector workers have never received a thank you from the people they serve

13/06/2019A fifth of public sector workers have never received a thank you from the people they serve

A fifth of the country’s public sector workers say they have NEVER received a ‘thank you’ for doing their job as Public Service... more >

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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 >
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 >
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 >