Birmingham wins Amey litigation
The Court of Appeal has found in favour of Birmingham City Council in a long-running and occasionally bitter highways dispute, rejecting Amey’s ‘ingenious new interpretation of the contract’.
Fitzgerald to be on bail for a year
Four men, including Liverpool City Council boss Ged Fitzgerald, will have been on bail for a year when they next have to report to police.
Morgan Sindall highlights council partnerships as key
Regeneration company Morgan Sindall has predicted a good year for its partnerships with local authorities and announced strong overall performance in 2017.
Rates relief row comes to court
The dispute between councils and NHS trusts over business rates relief has flared up again after proceedings were issued in the High Court.
Top local government outsourcer defends PFI schemes
The chief executive of a top local government outsourcer has defended private finance initiatives (PFI) to deliver public services, but acknowledged that it is hard to quantify how they benefit the Government.
Wirral announces £1bn joint venture with Muse
Wirral MBC has defended its decision to collaborate with an external partner after announcing it will work with Muse Developments on a £1bn joint venture.
Auditor in 'illegal' budget warning
Crisis-hit Northamptonshire CC was this week told to rip up its 2018/19 budget after auditors warned it could be illegal.
Galliford Try will raise £150m to compensate for Carillion's loss
Construction company Galliford Try has announced it plans to raise £150m to compensate for the loss of Carillion in a major project in Aberdeenshire.
The Haringey LLP judgement is significant for the sector
A landmark judgement in favour of Haringey LBC could pave the way for more Limited Liability Partnerships nationwide, writes Rob Hann
No lettings up
They say ‘do unto others…’ and local authorities are certainly at the forefront of enforcing such moral codes.
Unison calls for windfall tax on PFI corporations
Trade union Unison has backed a Labour MP’s call for a windfall tax on private companies delivering public services.
LGA urged to act on LOBO loans
Campaigners have called for Smith Square to investigate and pursue the brokers, banks and advisers ‘complicit in the misselling’ controversial Lender Option Borrower Option (LOBO) loans.
Leader pushes ahead with commercialisation despite setbacks
The leader of Aylesbury Vale DC has insisted recent setbacks have not dented the council’s commercialisation drive.
High Court backs Haringey's joint venture with Lendlease
The High Court has ruled in favour of Haringey LBC’s controversial regeneration plans with private developer Lendlease.
What next for procurement under Brexit?
Is now the time to set out some markers for how a future procurement regime might look post-Brexit? This was the subject debated by council chief executives and directors at a recent round table event hosted by The MJ in partnership with Marston Holdings. Sam Clayden reports.
Not getting cake but eating it
The signs for the upcoming fair funding review are already not good.
Government fostering report calls for councils to work with agencies
Collaboration between local authorities and the private sector would improve foster care for children, a new Government report has suggested.
Javid finds extra £166m in final settlement
Local government secretary Sajid Javid has found an additional £166m to ease spending pressures in social care and rural areas in the final 2018/19 settlement.
Gwynne moves to soothe Labour tensions
Shadow communities secretary Andrew Gwynne has moved soothe Labour tensions in the wake of Haringey LBC leader Claire Kober’s decision to quit.
Willmott Dixon awarded Rochdale's £80m regen contract
Construction company Willmott Dixon has been awarded an £80m contract to deliver the final part of Rochdale MBC’s £250m flagship regeneration scheme.