• 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.

  • Star power lights up Xmas

    13 December 2017

    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.

  • Naked ambition

    05 December 2017

    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

    29 November 2017

    Sandwell MBC’s children’s trust will be led by Leicester City Council’s director of children’s services.

  • A clean finish

    22 November 2017

    The Apprentice boardroom is much-feared by all who tread foot inside its intimidating walls.

  • 70% drop in council outsourcing

    22 November 2017

    Outsourcing by local authorities fell by 70% over the last year, new figures have revealed.

  • White Van Man on ... potholes

    15 November 2017

    How big does a pothole have to be before it’s called a pothole?

  • Missing lynx

    15 November 2017

    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

    07 November 2017

    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

    06 November 2017

    Sukalpa Biswas argues UK councils should look abroad for inspiration when it comes to reducing emissions.

  • Hertfordshire agrees new contract with Serco

    25 October 2017

    Public services provider Serco has strengthened its partnership with Hertfordshire CC in a contract worth £48m.