Why we must reform public sector procurement
There is a growing clamour for post-Brexit public procurement reform, writes Mark Robinson.
Olympic loan fears for council
Newham LBC is to work with various partners to improve the financial performance of the Olympic Stadium, as fears abound that the council may never recoup a £40m loan given for the stadium’s transformation.
A culture shock for Aylesbury Vale
As part of its transformation programme, Aylesbury Vale DC asked all its staff to reapply for newly designed job roles in the pursuit of a single vision. Andrew Grant explains why.
Who’s ready to go commercial in the ICT sector?
The IT managers’ society Socitm has been surveying local authorities looking at their approach to commercial development, and finds that ICT in particular has been a slow area to make progress. Geoff Connell discusses.
Fife wins £3.1m after successful legal challenge
Fife Council has been awarded £3.1m from insurance group RSA after it won the legal challenge it launched against a coal mining company.
Call to simplify councils’ procurement processes
The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on Whitehall to simplify the procurement process for councils to promote local growth, as Brexit legislation is discussed.
Disappointment for Scottish employers as £10m fund is only for the few
Councils hoping the Scottish government’s flexible workforce development fund would boost firms will be ‘disappointed,’ according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).
Barnsley and Doncaster to walk away from South Yorkshire deal
Barnsley and Doncaster MBCs have scuppered the election of a South Yorkshire elected mayor next year and have demanded a Yorkshire-wide devolution deal.
Council purchases office park in latest addition to expanding property portfolio
Warrington Council has snapped up a business park that is used as office space by more than 6,000 people in the latest addition to its property portfolio.
Council considers cancelling £350m contract
Swindon BC is considering cancelling a £350m contract with developer Muse.
Arms-length company 'misled' council over tram project, inquiry hears
Edinburgh City Council’s former leader has claimed the council was ‘deliberately denied’ access to important information by its arms-length company that was managing the delivery of one of the city’s biggest projects.
Council left with £20m bill after legal battle
Cumbria CC has been landed with a £21m bill after a disastrous dispute with its former highways contractor, Amey.
Hounslow urged to review ‘risk-averse’ Lampton 360
Hounslow LBC is looking into concerns that one of its arms-length organisations is too ‘risk-averse’.
Camden set to knockout joint venture plans
Camden LBC was this week expected to reject single joint venture deals as part of its efforts to provide affordable housing.
LGA seeking Brexit assurances
The Local Government Association (LGA) has insisted there must be ‘no loss of powers for councils’ when the UK leaves the EU.
Council backed bank launches
The first bank part owned by a council, Redwood Bank, has opened for business.
Class action lawsuit planned over stalled Chinatown project
Liverpool City Council’s stalled New Chinatown development could result in a class action lawsuit launched against it, the leader of the council’s Lib Dem group has warned.
Council's environmental contract under review
Great Yarmouth BC has revealed it is reviewing its environmental services contract with Norfolk CC’s wholly-owned company, Norse Group.
LEPs to be strengthened
The Government plans to strengthen the role of local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) as part of a review of their future role.
Homecare market under growing pressure
The continued under-funding of adult social care is placing the homecare provider market under a lot of pressure, councils have warned.