• Leading lights

    05 July 2018

    Leonie Greene explains how local and regional leaders can make solar work for their communities today.

  • Rise of the robots?

    21 June 2018

    Chatbots are predicted to massively increase the relevance of local councils to the average millennial.

  • Joined up policy? Leaf it out

    15 June 2018

    As an architect of Brexit, Michael Gove has a knack for knowing when to exploit an opportunity – that woeful and failed leadership bid aside, obviously.

  • Greater collaboration is the key to future district heating schemes

    11 May 2018

    The Government's 25-year green strategy is challenging but achievable. Peter Bense explains how he believes councils can help.

  • The Bells, the Bells

    17 April 2018

    You might think that living in a street called Bell End could expose residents to coarse jokes and mucky innuendos.

  • Painting a bleak picture

    17 April 2018

    Diary loves a tale of stupid crooks.

  • Recycling scheme to tackle plastic bottle waste

    28 March 2018

    Environment secretary Michael Gove today announced a new deposit return scheme to increase recycling rates and reduce waste.

  • Wolverhampton to terminate Amey contract after 11 years

    21 March 2018

    Wolverhampton City Council has decided to terminate its waste contract with Amey after 11 years and promised to introduce an improved service for residents.

  • White Van Man on ... potholes

    20 March 2018

    There’s nothing new about potholes.

  • Kier predicts steady stream of business from councils

    20 March 2018

    Kier has predicted a steady stream of business from local authorities as devolution gains pace and more councils work together on major projects.

  • Cities need to up their game to make devolution a success

    12 March 2018

    Devolution is not just about gaining new powers, it is about using the powers you already have. Andrew Carter believes cities are not as doing as much as they can.

  • Sheffield defends Amey contract

    12 March 2018

    Sheffield City Council has hit back at the national press for ‘misinterpreting’ its tree-replacement programme, outsourced to Amey, after being attacked for plans to replace half of its street trees.

  • 4 wheel drive woman

    27 February 2018

    Tarquin! Stop trying to catch snowflakes on your tongue, poppet. One doesn’t want to have to clean up your head from the front of a passing juggernaut.

  • 'Shambolic' Government loses third air pollution case

    21 February 2018

    A senior MP has described the Government’s attempts to tackle illegal levels of air pollution as 'shambolic' after ministers were once again told by the courts to rewrite their plans.

  • 4 wheel drive woman

    14 February 2018

    Tarquin, pop your head back in the window, there’s a good boy. We need to get you to your private lacrosse coaching in one piece – goodness knows we pay enough for it, without you arriving ‘sans la tête’ as it were.

  • Service provision is healthy but not sustainable, warns report

    12 February 2018

    Scottish councils will find it difficult to provide services at their current level, new data published by the Improvement Service has predicted.

  • White Van Man on ... litter

    24 January 2018

    When I was a kid we used to recycle lemonade, beer and Coke bottles ’cos you got the deposit back.

  • A brewhaha in Yorkshire

    16 January 2018

    Yorkshire – or as locals call it God’s Own Country – has a long history of boast and bravado.

  • Half baked ideas?

    16 January 2018

    For most of us, the festive season has long passed.

  • White Van Man on ... the weather

    13 December 2017

    How about this. I’m going be Santa and end the year actually being nice to councils for once even though they’re useless.