Transformation savings at risk
The transformation programme underpinning Surrey CC’s return to financial sustainability has ‘a medium to high risk of slippage,’ the troubled county’s auditors will warn councillors today.
Care Management Group sold for £200m
A care provider has been sold in a multi-million pound deal, with another company expected to be flogged in the coming months.
Building handover after council loan deadline missed
A state-of-the-art commercial workspace will be handed over to a council after one of the UK’s largest not-for-profit enterprise agencies missed the deadline for repaying a £2.75m loan.
VOA to appeal cash machines ruling
The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) wants to appeal to the Supreme Court after a judge ruled shop-based cash machines were exempt from separate business rates.
Kier falls out of FTSE 250 amid outsourcing shares rout
Turmoil in public sector outsourcing has led to a key player tumble out of the FTSE 250.
Future Forum North: 'We're wasting data'
A rallying cry has been made for councils to make use of the reams of available untapped data.
Future Forum North: Whiteman rages at removing finance directors from top team
Council chief executives that demote the finance director role from the top team were being ‘too clever by half,’ Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy boss Rob Whiteman has said.
Future Forum North: Authenticity key in chief role
A top local government recruiter has encouraged council chief executives to be authentic.
Future Forum North: AI 'will not reduce workforce size'
Artificial intelligence (AI) will not reduce the size of the local government workforce, a top private sector figure has predicted.
Swansea to enlist private sector for tidal lagoon project
Swansea City Council is turning to the private sector in the hope of resurrecting a project for a tidal lagoon.
Riding the public sector transformation wave
Local government may seem like a plane running on fumes, but #OurDay made clear that local public services are run with passion and determination, writes Dr Andrew Larner.
Tax the internet to save high street, retail bosses tell MPs
The reform of business rates is essential to saving high streets, the country’s top retailers have told MPs.
Allied urges councils to consider ‘disruption’ before ending contracts
Allied Healthcare has attempted to reassure councils of its long-term future following its takeover.
South Cambs bankrolls ice rink following explosive discovery
An extra £550,000 has been invested in a permanent ice rink by South Cambridgeshire DC after buried explosives were discovered during construction.
Portsmouth to sell fledgling energy firm
Portsmouth City Council is to sell its energy company before it has taken on any customers.
Call for public expenditure presentation overhaul
Next year’s Spending Review should overhaul the presentation of public expenditure within the Government’s fiscal documents to bring it line with other countries, a new report has urged.
Allied Healthcare winds up council contracts
A major care services provider is winding up all its contracts with local authorities after the regulator warned it was about to go bust.
Business backs Edinburgh tourism tax
Seven out of 10 Edinburgh businesses back plans for a tourism tax in the city, a survey has found.
Colmore hired by Brunel
Bristol-based Brunel Pension Partnership has hired fund administrator Colmore to provide it with back office services to help support its private market portfolios.
Call for PPP 'reset'
A strong leadership role from local government is essential for ensuring the success of regeneration schemes involving the public and private sector, a new report has argued.