Solace Summit: Roney says 'nothing sexy' about housing companies
Manchester City Council’s chief executive has revealed she remains unconvinced by the need for housing companies to drive up delivery.
Care services face five-day delays for medicines under no-deal Brexit
The Government’s report on readiness for a no-deal Brexit has warned adult care services to prepare for delays in receiving medical products.
Success starts with the community
Ahead of the London Councils Summit, Cllr Catherine Faulks explains that local government leaders have signed up to developing a pan-London Charter for Business with the aim of better supporting the city's economy while driving inclusive growth.
New leadership role to boost place-based working
Local government’s sole representative on the new National Leadership Centre’s (NLC) board wants to use her role to boost place-based ways of working.
Call for new audit oversight body
A new type of oversight body for local audit that would take a strategic approach to addressing the sector’s sustainability challenges is needed, a top auditor has suggested.
EXCLUSIVE: Government silent on no-deal cloud risks
The Government has refused to reveal if all major providers of cloud-based services are aware of the risks a no-deal Brexit may bring.
Trading services expenditure increases by third
Local authority expenditure on trading services rose by a third in real terms from 2017/18 to 2018/19, new statistics have revealed.
Councils shouldn’t be afraid to let go
Local government will need the support and collaboration of communities to tackle the big social challenges we face, argues Joe Wills of Centre for London.
Vinci replaces Interserve on multi-million pound York Guildhall project
Vinci has been brought in to complete a major restoration project following the departure of Interserve.
Growth in council loans and commercialism boosts Arlingclose profits
Financial consultancy Arlingclose has reported a growth in profits, boosted by councils’ ‘overtly commercial agenda’.
LGPS 'long way' from being forced to ditch active
Council pension experts believe the sector is a ‘long way’ from being compelled to slash costs through passive investment management despite renewed Treasury pressure.
Strategic suppliers' share of public spending falls
The dominance of major suppliers to the public sector is being slowly eroded, according to newly-published figures.
Council launches social impact investment fund
Councils will be able to invest in secured assets that deliver a competitive market return and social impact after Warrington Council helped launch a fund.
Kier slumps to ‘disappointing’ £245m loss
Kier Group has announced losses of £245m following what its chief executive conceded was a ‘difficult’ year.
Legal action threatens council income
North Yorkshire CC could lose annual income of £300,000 from home-to-school transport amid a legal threat from a disability rights campaigner.
Positive results found for axed project
A University of Oxford report has revealed a since-scrapped Essex CC initiative led to a dramatic drop in children needing to go into care or custody.
Councils spend £1bn on shopping centres
Councils have committed more than £1bn between 2106 and 2020 by investing in local shopping centres, a study has revealed.
Capita to pay Real Living Wage from April
Capita has said it will pay all UK employees a minimum of the Real Living Wage from April, increasing the salaries of almost 6,000 employees.
Councils plan for Kier exit
Councils have been making plans after Kier decided to exit the waste industry.
Council company improves services
A Cheshire West & Chester Council company has continued to improve services, with all seven areas inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) now rated good.