BREAKING: 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.
Bill to extend FOI to councils' private partners presented
A bill that would subject private companies that have contracts with public authorities to the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act has been presented to Parliament.
Wrestling with public service markets
Jonathan Werran argues the case for a mixed market in public service provision.
South Essex councils form 'association'
Seven councils in south Essex have taken the ‘momentous’ decision to form an association to give the region a national voice.
Council to generate £1.7m from housing company
South Cambridgeshire DC expects to fund nearly 10% of its overall budget in 2018/19 from income it will generate itself.
Councils should form joint ventures with housing associations - think-tank
Local authorities should ‘seriously consider’ entering into joint venture partnerships with housing associations, a think-tank has urged.
Reserves warning for Dudley
Auditors have warned that Dudley MBC will use up its general fund by 2020/21 unless it manages to save millions of pounds.