Cities need to up their game to make devolution a success
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
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
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
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
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
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
When I was a kid we used to recycle lemonade, beer and Coke bottles ’cos you got the deposit back.
A brewhaha in Yorkshire
Yorkshire – or as locals call it God’s Own Country – has a long history of boast and bravado.
Half baked ideas?
For most of us, the festive season has long passed.
White Van Man on ... the weather
How about this. I’m going be Santa and end the year actually being nice to councils for once even though they’re useless.
Star power lights up Xmas
The festive season has come again; that time of year when we squander all our cash on forgettable rubbish that will be left to gather dust as soon as it’s time for the tinsel to go back in the loft for another year.
Winter’s arrived in Europe and Jack Frost is nipping at our toes (and indeed other extremities) – meaning there is only one way to attend council meetings in Paris: completely butt naked.
Sandwell's children's services to be led by Leicester's director
Sandwell MBC’s children’s trust will be led by Leicester City Council’s director of children’s services.
A clean finish
The Apprentice boardroom is much-feared by all who tread foot inside its intimidating walls.
70% drop in council outsourcing
Outsourcing by local authorities fell by 70% over the last year, new figures have revealed.
White Van Man on ... potholes
How big does a pothole have to be before it’s called a pothole?
With one blast of a gun, Ceredigion Council controversially ended the hunt for Lillith the escapee eurasian lynx.
Councils cut contracts to take back control
Southwark LBC has brought its IT service back in-house, cutting its contract with Capita to give it more ‘control’ over how the service is delivered.
The challenge facing councils as they fight vehicle pollution
Sukalpa Biswas argues UK councils should look abroad for inspiration when it comes to reducing emissions.
Hertfordshire agrees new contract with Serco
Public services provider Serco has strengthened its partnership with Hertfordshire CC in a contract worth £48m.