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DASA launches £1m fund as ‘call for innovation’ to tackle Covid-19

08.04.20: The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) has launched a £1m fund today (Apr 8) to ‘fast-track innovation’ in helping the Armed Forces in the fight against coronavirus. The opportunity, launched with support from the Def...

Manchester pays tribute to Deputy Leader Sue Murphy CBE

08.04.20: The Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, Cllr Sue Murphy CBE died yesterday (Apr 7) at the age of 59, following an ongoing illness. She was first elected to the City Council in 1995, and had served as Executive Member for Employment an...

Nottingham City Council seeks 1,600 new care workers

07.04.20: Nottingham City Council is recruiting 1,600 new care workers to support vulnerable people in the community during the coronavirus crisis. The Council is calling on people in its region to come forward and take on a new role as an essential...

Cabinet Office moves to further protect suppliers after coronavirus

07.04.20: A new Procurement Policy Note (PPN) has been published by the Cabinet Office to further protect suppliers during and after the coronavirus outbreak. Under this new PPN, contracting authorities must take action with immediate effect to ensur...

Food redistribution to benefit from £3m cash support

03.04.20: The Government has announced a £3.25m fund to support organisations redistributing food across England during the coronavirus outbreak. The funding will be used to help redistribute up to 14,000 tonnes of surplus stock and minimise fo...

New look Cyber Security protection for businesses

03.04.20: A newly streamlined, Government-backed certification scheme for cyber security was launched this week (Apr 1) by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). The ‘new look’ Cyber Essentials Scheme will be delivered to protect orga...

Councils' waste warning during coronavirus crisis

02.04.20: The District Councils’ Network (DCN) has issued a warning of a ‘wave of waste’ to come after concerns of ‘spiralling’ household waste in light of the coronavirus outbreak. Local councils are expecting a spike i...

Bradford Council pays out £20m under Small Business Grant Scheme

02.04.20: More than £20m has been delivered to businesses in the Bradford area through the Government’s Small Business Grant Fund. Yesterday (Apr 1) saw one-off grants of £10,000 delivered to over 2,000 businesses to help them to su...

Teesside University unveils Covid-19 business support package

01.04.20: Teesside University has joined forces with the Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority to deliver a package of practical support for local businesses during the coronavirus emergency. A coordinated approach to tackling the economic impact...

Business support: lessons learned from our start-up and productivity project

31.03.20: Source: PSE Feb/Mar Dr Melanie Smans is Economic Development Manager at South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils   The South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils Business and Innovatio...

Firefighters given additional roles to support coronavirus crisis

27.03.20: In addition to their role responding to core emergencies, Firefighters will be able to deliver food and medicines, drive ambulances and retrieve dead bodies to provide additional support during the coronavirus crisis. A new and unprecedente...

New powers given to police to manage coronavirus spread

26.03.20: The Home Office has announced today (Mar 26) that new powers have been bestowed upon the UK police force to deal with the response to coronavirus. It comes in a bid to ensure people stay at home, and in doing so protect the NHS and save cou...

£500m Hardship Fund to provide council tax relief

24.03.20: The Local Government Secretary, Robert Jenrick MP has announced today (Mar 24) the confirmation of a £500m Hardship Fund that will provide council tax relief to those most affected by coronavirus. Vulnerable households who would other...

Council procurement innovates around Covid-19 restrictions

24.03.20: As the country, and indeed the world cease operations to tackle this pandemic, public services must continue, and arguably now more than ever - so must public procurement. Last week, the government made it easier than ever to facilitate the...

Government changes procurement policy in response to Covid-19

18.03.20: The government has announced today (Mar 18) a change in their approach to the procurement of goods and services amid the Covid-19 pandemic, with immediate effect. In order to procure goods, services and works with extreme urgency during thi...

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DASA launches £1m fund as ‘call for innovation’ to tackle Covid-19

08/04/2020DASA launches £1m fund as ‘call for innovation’ to tackle Covid-19

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) has launched a £1m fund today (Apr 8) to ‘fast-track innovation’ in helping the Arm... more >
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07/04/2020Energy Efficient Homes - Housing Minister Christopher Pincher

Source: PSE Apr/May 20   The need for energy efficient homes In 2019, the Government became the first major global economy to... more >
Women’s Aid launches ‘Lockdown’ campaign amid coronavirus

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National domestic abuse charity, Women’s Aid, has launched a campaign today (Apr 7) to highlight risks of abuse during coronavirus lockdown... 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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Prevention: Investing for the future

Prevention: Investing for the future

Rob Whiteman, CEO at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance (CIPFA), discusses the benefits of long-term preventative investment. Rising demand, reducing resource – this has been th... more > more last word articles >

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What came first, the bad customer or the bad customer service?

17/03/2020What came first, the bad customer or the bad customer service?

Source: PSE Feb/March 20 Stephen Bahooshy, Senior Commissioning Manager and Nicky Selwyn, Carer and Service User Group Chair, Croydon Council.   Here it is, that age old question: What came first, the bad customer or the bad customer service? (Or maybe we just made that up, whatever). But it’s true though, right? We w... 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 >