Public services

Library demand surges due to cost of living crisis

09/06/2022

The Government has been told not to ‘take libraries for granted’ as survey reveals the cost of living crisis has increased demand for library services.

GRT community face ‘shocking’ levels of discrimination

18/05/2022

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people’s experiences of public services including housing, health and education are marred by discrimination, peers say.

Councils fighting to keep on top of rights of way maintenance

10/06/2021

Councils fight to keep on top of the maintenance needs of rights of way alongside a backdrop of increased public expectations, place directors have said.

Welsh ministers call for ‘end of austerity’

30/08/2019

Local government leaders across Wales have joined with ministers to call for an end to austerity.

Local government workers deserve thanks

21/06/2019

Civil service workers are under-appreciated and it’s time to change that, says Heather Glanville of Boundless, the membership club for public sector workers.

Holyrood passes £42.5bn budget but warns of Brexit recession

22/02/2019

Holyrood has approved the 2019-20 budget which will see billions invested into public services — but warned Brexit could push Scotland into recession.

End ‘unnecessary’ homelessness catch-22, watchdog says

18/12/2018

A watchdog has called for an end to the ‘unnecessary catch-22’ where homeless people are unable to access public services because they have no postal address.

Code of conduct for private companies ‘urgently’ required, union says

08/02/2018

The Government needs to establish a new code of conduct for the delivery of public services by private companies, says public service union.

Whitehall announces nearly £2m for public service mutuals

12/01/2018

The Government has released £1.7m in funding in order to help organisations ‘become or grow’ as public service mutuals.

Innovative, inspiring and effective

19/12/2017

Laura Sharman attended a special event at Nottingham Castle to celebrate the winners of the first ever Local Public Ownership Awards.

Commission launched to study Brexit impact on public services

24/08/2017

A new commission has been launched tasked with exploring the risks and opportunities of Brexit for public services.

Public sector workers work £11bn of unpaid overtime a year, union says

24/07/2017

Two million public sector workers regularly work unpaid overtime, union says in response to chancellor’s suggestion public sector workers are ‘overpaid’.

Key policies to make Brexit a success for public services

17/05/2017

Brexit should be an opportunity to devolve power to the regions and promote local growth, commission says.

Majority of Leavers and Remainers support council-run services

15/05/2017

The majority of Leavers and Remainers would prefer to see more in-house services run by councils, new polling reveals.

Cuts are 'dismantling' neighbourhood services, warns report

25/04/2017

Spending on local services such as bin collections, parks, roads and libraries has fallen by £3.1bn between 2010/11 and 2015/16, new research has revealed.

Report: Further failure inevitable

26/07/2016

The Government’s ‘superficial’ means of tackling failure in public services is not the solution, a new report has claimed.

New e-book ‘tribute’ to dedication of public sector workers

15/07/2016

An new online publication aims to show the best of what people in local government do in their everyday work.

London borough signs new civil enforcement contract

21/03/2016

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has extended its parking and civil enforcement contract with NSL in a deal worth £65m.

Report: Millions of complaints about poor public services go unreported

26/02/2016

Around 15 million people who experienced poor public services in the last two years did not register an official complaint, a study has found.

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