Reform outsourcing to restore confidence, think-tank urges
Councils are looking at new ways of providing services as outsourcing slumps, a think-tank has found in a report published today.
Bishop oversees council talks with protesters
The Bishop of Sheffield has been mediating in talks between the city council and protesters against tree felling.
Report warns of 'dangerous' reliance on suppliers
Councils are concentrating more than half their total spend with their top five suppliers, new research has revealed.
Westminster brings 'failing' commercial venture in-house
Westminster City Council is to bring its arms-length housing company back under direct control following cultural and management failings.
Market 'saturated' with council trading companies
Almost two-thirds of councils have established trading companies, new research has found.
Lincolnshire to renew troubled Serco contract
Lincolnshire CC is to renew its support services contract with Serco for a further two years.
Councils suffer disruption as recycling provider collapses
‘Emergency measures’ have been put in place following the collapse of a social enterprise providing recycling services to three councils.
Unison to step up pressure against outsourcing
The country’s biggest public sector trade union is to step up pressure on outsourcing as it plans for the impact of Brexit.
Merger set to create second biggest care provider
A care firm would become the second largest provider in the country if it succeeds in taking over a rival.
Lancashire to re-run public health tender
Lancashire CC has agreed to re-evaluate its tendering process for public health services after a court ordered the council to set aside its agreement with Virgin Care.
Interserve hit by £6m loss
Interserve’s half-year results have revealed a £6m loss as the company presses ahead with its recovery plan.
Serco boss denies asylum eviction claims
The chief executive of a company accused of evicting hundreds of asylum seekers in Glasgow has denied the scale of the claims.
Further job cuts at Carillion
Redundancies following the collapse of Carillion have reached 2,778, the official receiver has confirmed.
Local government outsourcing slumps
Local government outsourcing has almost halved in the wake of the demise of Carillion.
Glasgow warns of 'humanitarian crisis' over Serco contract
Glasgow faces a ‘humanitarian crisis’ if plans to evict up to 300 asylum seekers without warning go ahead, local politicians have warned.
Southampton's break with Capita to affect 300 jobs
About 300 jobs are to be affected following the early break-up of a partnership between Capita and Southampton City Council.
Complex outsourcing 'not an excuse to exclude public'
Increasingly complex modern outsourcing is not an excuse to exclude the public from the design of future partnerships, a think-tank has warned.
Ministerial question mark over outsourcing
Two government ministers last week warned councils not to be too reliant on single suppliers. Heather Jameson comments.
Sunak questions outsourcing model
Conservative local government minister Rishi Sunak has questioned the current model of outsourcing in the wake of Carillion’s collapse.
CIPFA president warns of trust breakdown
There has been a ‘universal breakdown in trust’ in public services, the incoming president of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), Sarah Howard, has claimed.