Council moves to generate income
Test Valley BC expects to rake in £1.3m from a project to generate additional income this financial year.
Investment ‘key to capital expenditure’
Commercial investment by councils to generate income is a key factor in the upward trend in capital expenditure in the last year, according to a new Department for Communities and Local Government report.
Clyde regeneration approved
Glasgow City Council’s executive committee has approved further regeneration on the banks of the river Clyde.
Wirral’s Growth Company seeks investment partner
Wirral MBC is seeking an investment partner after launching a property company.
Investment firms buy Pinnacle
Two investment firms have bought housing-led regeneration company, Pinnacle.
Liverpool chief executive re-bailed, police confirm
Liverpool City Council boss Ged Fitzgerald was yesterday among four men re-bailed on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and witness intimidation.
MJ Awards 2017 winners announced
The City of Wolverhampton Council was named Local Authority of the Year at The MJ Awards in a gala night at London’s prestigious Hilton, Park Lane, which saw winners and highly commended announced in 14 different categories.
Time for some new school thinking?
At a recent The MJ round table, council chief executives and senior managers met to discuss the role of local government in schools and the changing landscape of the education system. Dan Peters reports.
The varying models of local authority trading companies
Garfield Cameron highlights some of the best examples of local authority trading companies, but warns there is no singular model that will work for all.
Calls growing to scale back outsourcing for in-house services
Outsourcing and privatisation are not a suitable model for the delivery of local government services, trade union Unison’s local government conference will hear next week.
Princes Trust team-up to boost Lisburn enterprise awards
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is to work with the charity, The Prince’s Trust, to encourage budding entrepreneurs.
Bill for Islands dubbed ‘historic’
The Scottish Government has said a new Bill will meet the needs of its island communities.
Esports pilot for Westminster
Westminster City Council has launched a pilot project to establish the country’s first free esports training club.
It’s time for a cultural shift in public sector procurement
Social impact cannot be achieved unless place-based organisations' role in the commissioning of private sector contracts is increased, argues Mark Cook.
'Commercial' shouldn't be a dirty word in health and care
Only by addressing the commercial realities of new health and care partnerships can organisations be entirely patient-focused and prevent contractual difficulties from affecting the quality of service delivery, argues Simon Goacher.
Rates relief guidance finalised
Whitehall guidance on its latest business rates relief plan has finally been delivered to councils, allowing town halls to adjust bills for many small businesses.
Council in row with cancer drugs firm
Liverpool City Council has appointed administrators to a pharmaceutical company which was loaned £2m by the authority.
Revamp for Croydon’s Fairfield Halls
Croydon LBC has chosen Vinci Construction UK to complete the development of entertainment venue Fairfield Halls by 2018.
Sector fury at Vodafone backtrack
Telecoms giant Vodafone has ‘annoyed’ councils by back-tracking on plans to unbundle its services while hiking prices at the same time, The MJ has learned.
No replacement for Bulbeck
Teinbridge DC’s chief executive, Nicola Bulbeck, will step down in June after fulfilling her duties as the acting returning officer for the General Election.