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Your G-Cloud experience is as good as the vendor you use

20.03.17: James Passingham, chief technical officer at Foehn, says that with G-Cloud’s increasing popularity and standardised offerings, it’s vital to choose a provider that also delivers expert advice and technical support.  While t...

The identity crisis of local government

01.03.17: Carl Haggerty, a co-founder of LocalGov Digital and chair of its Steering Group, tells PSE that the only way to harness the true power of technology in the public sector is to fundamentally rethink why local authorities exist in the first place....

UK public sector sustainability priorities for 2017

16.02.17: Richard Rugg, managing director of programmes at the Carbon Trust, looks at the opportunities and challenges facing sustainability in the public sector over the next 12 months. As we come up towards our annual Public Sector Conference, I us...

Cloud phone systems redefine public sector costs

16.01.17: James Passingham, chief technical officer at Foehn, highlights some cost-saving possibilities in the company’s Buyer’s Guide to Cloud Phone Systems for the public sector.  The rise of cloud phone systems  As central f...

EVs at the heart of industrial strategy plans

04.01.17: PSE reports on the latest announcements around electric vehicles, including new funding in the Autumn Statement and further commitments from cabinet ministers to expanding the sector. Following new funding promises for electric vehicles (EV...

Spearheading digital and structural change

04.01.17: Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) recently won Socitm’s Innovation Award for its ‘Right Here Right Now’ programme. Alan Evans, head of transformation, and Maryvonne Hassall, computer services manager at the local authority...

LGDSS an important key in the transformation toolkit

26.12.16: Paul Ward, head of ICT strategy, systems and development for Coventry City Council, explains how the local authority is using the Local Government Digital Service Standard (LGDSS) to deliver more user-friendly services. Coventry City Counci...

Taking a lead on EV

26.12.16: Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, talks to PSE’s David Stevenson about the opportunity the public sector has in increasing electric vehicle (EV) take-up. There is a government aspiration that by 2040 every new car in the UK will be a...

Human by default

22.12.16: It’s time councils leave uncertainty behind and take the plunge into full-scale digitisation, argues Martyn Wallace, the chief digital officer of the new Scottish Local Government Digital Office. Luana Salles reports. Martyn Wallace c...

Housing white paper: Time to go one step further

20.12.16: PSE considers the recent housing announcements in the Autumn Statement and analyses what is needed in the upcoming white paper to ensure councils have all the tools necessary to tackle the crisis. As PSE went to press, central government wa...

Cut costs not jobs – three ways to boost your frontline services

14.11.16: James Passingham, chief technical officer at Foehn, explains how the public sector can protect jobs and deliver better for less through the transformation of services. Public sector cuts delivered by the last government show every sign of c...

Are social care pleas falling on deaf ears?

04.11.16: PSE looks at the major asks of a scathing report published by the King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust, and how they could impact the upcoming Autumn Statement. There is no more burning injustice in Britain today than older people being...

Can we meet sustainable transport and decarbonisation targets?

04.11.16: PSE’s David Stevenson analyses the recent Environmental Audit Committee’s report into sustainability in the Department for Transport (DfT), and what this means for achieving sustainable transport targets. Although the DfT has ta...

A genuine partnership approach key to commissioner turnarounds

01.11.16: Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council leader, Cllr Chris Read, and Ian Thomas, the local authority’s strategic director of children’s services, discuss the importance of open and honest relationships to deliver change with governmen...

The glue to Edinburgh’s long-term energy vision

01.11.16: Shortly after Energy for Edinburgh finished appointing a board of directors, PSE caught up with its chair, Cllr Adam McVey, to find out more about Scotland’s first council-owned operable energy services company (ESCo). Edinburgh...

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Sixth of local roads will need replacing within five years, warns ALARM survey

28/03/2017Sixth of local roads will need replacing within five years, warns ALARM survey

A total of one in six of local roads in the UK may need to be replaced in the next five years, Asphalt Industry Alliance’s (AIA’s) an... more >
Targets set out for Cambridge-Peterborough mayor to address region’s ‘unique challenges’

28/03/2017Targets set out for Cambridge-Peterborough mayor to address region’s ‘unique challenges’

Cambridge and Peterborough’s new metro mayor must focus on introducing a congestion charge, addressing low skill levels and developing a ho... more >
LGA: Charities must be part of the devolution conversation

27/03/2017LGA: Charities must be part of the devolution conversation

Greater engagement is needed between councils and charities for both parties to get the most from future devolution, local authority leaders have... more >

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21/02/2017Untapped potential

As PSE went to press, the government had just released its Industrial Strategy green paper, which has an ambitious aim to “improve living standards and economic growth by increasing productivity and driving growth across the whole country”.  Overall, the strategy was welcomed across the public sector. However, as you&rsqu... read more >

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Parliament cannot solve homelessness through legislation alone

Parliament cannot solve homelessness through legislation alone

Cllr Michelle Lowe, deputy leader and cabinet member for housing and health at Sevenoaks District Council, argues that if the government is really serious about combating homelessness they will w... more > more last word articles >
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Why opening up procurement matters to the UK public sector

22/03/2017Why opening up procurement matters to the UK public sector

Rob Levene, managing director of Bloom, explains why opening up procurement is important to the UK public sector.  Procuring products and services by the UK public sector is big business. The central government procurement budget is estimated to be worth £40bn. So it is no surprise that procurement is a subject that generates a... more >
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Time to embrace change

01/03/2017Time to embrace change

The way we work is changing. As a profession, we must be ready to embrace it, writes James Driver on behalf of the Association for Project Manage... more >
Digital Marketplace: reaching far and wide in the public sector

01/03/2017Digital Marketplace: reaching far and wide in the public sector

Over the next few months, the Government Digital Service (GDS) wants to get a better understanding of how local government and the wider public s... more >
The challenges for innovative procurement

27/02/2017The challenges for innovative procurement

Malcolm Harbour CBE, who wrote Parliament’s first report on innovation in public procurement in 2008 and now chairs the LGA Task and Finish... more >
Glasgow points the way forward for IoT future

27/02/2017Glasgow points the way forward for IoT future

Dr Mark Begbie, business development director at CENSIS, the Scottish Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems, explores how Glasgow is l... more >

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Leading transformational change through procurement

01/03/2017Leading transformational change through procurement

Liz Welton, chair of the Society of Procurement Officers in Local Government (SOPO), tells PSE’s David Stevenson why there are lots of oppo... more >
McMahon: I worry that the public are not part of the devolution conversation

20/12/2016McMahon: I worry that the public are not part of the devolution conversation

Jim McMahon, Labour’s shadow minister for local government and devolution, talks to PSE’s David Stevenson about the need to radically... more >
Solace president mandate: Champion diversity and celebrate great public services

20/12/2016Solace president mandate: Champion diversity and celebrate great public services

Jo Miller, the recently-elected president of Solace, talks to PSE about the need for championing great public services and ensuring inclusion at ... more >
The secret to the success of one public estate

19/08/2016The secret to the success of one public estate

Central government has faced strong criticism of its many estate schemes in recent years, but one in particular seems to steer clear of the backl... more >