Wigan insources leisure services
The council is to bring its leisure centres in-house in a bid to safeguard jobs following the impact of COVID-19 restrictions.
Hackney insources cleaning services
More than 100 cleaning staff have been brought in-house by Hackney LBC as part of a wider drive to bring services under direct control.
Bids to open for £100m leisure fund
Sport England has finally launched the £100m biddable fund to support English councils with outsourced public leisure centre provision.
Government to overhaul council procurement rules
New powers to take social and environmental factors into account when awarding contracts have been put forward by the Government today.
Sandwell's outsourced refuse workers secure back pay deal
Refuse workers in Sandwell are set to receive substantial back pay following intervention by trade union Unite.
Lewisham switches leisure operators
Lewisham LBC has parted ways with the charity managing its leisure facilities, Fusion Lifestyle, it has announced.
Leisure outsourcer asks staff to take 'career break'
A major leisure services provider has come under fire for asking workers to take ‘unpaid career breaks’.
Norwich to bring services back in-house
Norwich City Council has opted to set up a wholly-owned company when it brings its services back in-house from next year.
Mitie and Interserve Support Services to merge
Outsourcer Mitie has proposed to merge with facilities management firm Interserve Support Services by the end of the year in a £271m deal.
Councils urged to re-appraise in-sourcing
Local authorities have been urged to look at what they could do better than outsourcers in the wake of the collapse of Carillion.
Local government can look for powerful allies
Winston Churchill famously remarked ‘Never let a good crisis go to waste’. Paul Wheeler says we should use this current one to rebuild a local government that is properly funded, ambitious and a strong advocate for localities.
Outsourcers change coronavirus policy
Outsourcer Amey has U-turned to give full pay to workers off sick with coronavirus or those self-isolating during the current health emergency.
Local government spends £3.8bn with strategic suppliers
The Government’s strategic suppliers received a quarter of their public sector income from local authorities last year, new figures have revealed.
Coronavirus forces developers to down tools
Infrastructure and development projects are beginning to stall as construction firms cease work in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
Watchdog scolds developer over £94m accounting error
Galliford Try overstated its assets by tens of millions via a number of errors.
Kier suffers £41m loss
Outsourcing specialist Kier has posted losses of more than £41m in the past six months.
IfG: Extend outsourcing reforms to councils
Government reforms of outsourcing to avoid another Carillion collapse must be extended to local government where commercial skills lag behind Whitehall, a report from the Institute for Government (IfG) think-tank has said.
Recycling driving Biffa profits
Waste contractor Biffa is expecting strong results this year thanks to its recycling operations.
Suez posts ‘solid’ results
The waste company was bolstered by its municipal recycling operations in the UK.
Kier ends contract with Hackney
Hackney LBC has brought a £2.5m outsourcing contract with Kier in-house.