PAC: Government lacks ambition on housing
The Government lacks the necessary ambition to solve the housing crisis and is overly reliant on a ‘broken’ market to deliver the homes people need, MPs have argued today.
Council launches energy company
Liverpool City Council has launched a not-for-profit energy company to tackle fuel poverty.
A springboard to the next leadership level
It is always a great idea to stand back from day-to-day life and review and reflect what is on the horizon, writes Yvonne Skingle.
GIB sale ‘won’t affect investment landscape’
The sell-off of the Green Investment Bank (GIB) will impact future sustainability opportunities for councils, but will not create an immediately poorer investment landscape, Greenpeace has said.
AWM is top bidder for £14m waste deal
Bradford City Council has named Associated Waste Management (AWM) as the preferred bidder for a potential £14m, 12-year waste treatment contract.
Scottish councils should 'target local economies'
Campaigners have called on Scottish councils to spend more with small and medium-sized enterprises (SME).
A venture for change
Slough Urban Renewal, a 50:50 joint venture between Slough BC and Morgan Sindall, is focusing on delivering regeneration for the borough by transforming the physical environment and making a positive impact on people’s lives. Andy Howell explains.
Messages from the private sector
Malcolm Morley interviews leading business figures and produces some key lessons for commercial councils.
Map the Industrial Strategy around functional economic areas
The new Industrial Strategy should be rooted in the principles of people and place and mapped around functional economic areas, housing marketing areas and travel to work areas, argues Sandra Dinneen.
Councils can learn from firms
Councils need to learn from the private sector if they want to develop commercialisation initiatives, according to a local authority chief executive with knowledge of the field.
UC rollout: pause needed
Councils have called for a ‘longer pause’ in the rollout of Universal Credit amid the emergence of problems with the fundamental design of the programme.
Out-of-city accommodation ‘puts families at risk’
An increasing number of London boroughs are placing families at risk of homelessness in out-of-city accommodation despite evidence suggesting that many properties are unsuitable, campaigners have claimed.
Call for 'more sustainable' childcare approach
Ministers’ proposed childcare reforms risk repeating the mistakes of the social care market, with providers potentially unable to afford to deliver services, a think-tank has warned.
Agass hired as chief of South Cambridgeshire
South Kesteven DC boss Beverly Agass has been appointed chief executive of South Cambridgeshire DC.
Impact of academisation on authority pension funds requires ‘radical measures’
Ministers have not ruled out ‘radical measures’ after a six-month review of the impact of academisation on council pension funds.
Advanced deal to kick-start digital overhaul
East Hertfordshire DC has signed a five-year contract with IT firm Advanced to kick-start the digital transformation of its finance operations.
Probe into pension boards’ efficiency
The effectiveness and operational efficiency of local pension boards will be tested by a survey two years on from their creation.
Row with trust stalls stadium project
A row has broken out between Wakefield City Council and a community trust over the building of a new stadium.
Trio of Welsh authorities sign IT deal to tackle early intervention
Three Welsh councils have signed up to Capita IT software to help address issues impacting vulnerable children and families.
Metro mayors must deliver bold socio-economic vision
A ‘bold social and economic vision’ needs to be delivered if metro mayors are to be a success, according to a business lobby group.