Four Seasons care homes to be sold for £350m
A £350m sale of care homes has been agreed by administrators of the UK’s second-biggest operator.
Majority of councils expect to spend more on Brexit than Government has allotted
More than half of chief executives (56%) expect to spend more on Brexit preparations than the Government has allotted to their council, with a quarter (26%) expecting to spend significantly more.
Ikea-owned firm strikes deal with council to build ‘flat-pack’ housing
Bristol City Council has reached an agreement with a Scandinavian firm that will see 200 ‘flat-pack’ homes built in the city.
Suez begins €1bn cost cutting
Waste specialist Suez has announced it will make efficiency savings of €1bn as part of a company restructure.
North Yorkshire looking at care market to tackle ‘rural premium’
The council is considering intervening in the local care market to tackle soaring costs.
Care provider to terminate 'unsustainable' contract
A social enterprise is to hand back an ‘unsustainable’ residential care contract to Bath & North East Somerset Council.
Council reaches impasse with care provider over costs
Isle of Wight Council is at loggerheads with a care provider over mounting costs.
Vinci replaces Interserve on multi-million pound York Guildhall project
Vinci has been brought in to complete a major restoration project following the departure of Interserve.
The new outsourcing landscape
With the impact of austerity and the collapse of high-profile firms like Carillion, outsourcing is under pressure. Council chief executives gathered at a Serco/The MJ round table to look at the future of contracting out. Heather Jameson reports
Strategic suppliers' share of public spending falls
The dominance of major suppliers to the public sector is being slowly eroded, according to newly-published figures.
Kier slumps to ‘disappointing’ £245m loss
Kier Group has announced losses of £245m following what its chief executive conceded was a ‘difficult’ year.
Developers' results prompt cautious optimism
Cautious optimism has accompanied the publication of a string of financial results in the construction sector.
Croydon brings sheltered housing in-house
A contract outsourcing sheltered housing schemes has been ended by Croydon LBC.
Hackney to take developer to court
A London borough is preparing to take legal action against a developer over fire safety fears in a block of flats.
Care White Paper must change ‘frightening picture’ of future
A charity has called for wholesale reform of the care sector in the Government’s promised White Paper after figures revealed the depletion of providers.
Brexit exposes need for more investment in waste infrastructure
The need for investment in waste infrastructure has been thrown into sharp focus by the prospect of a no-deal Brexit.
£450m flagship regeneration project scrapped
Southampton City Council has terminated an agreement for a multi-million pound regeneration project.
Councils make social value procurement commitments
More councils have committed to increasing the importance of social value within their procurement policies.
Birmingham seeks £85m interim highways contractor
Birmingham City Council’s highways PFI vehicle has launched a search for a subcontractor to operate and maintain the city’s roads for a 15-month period in a deal worth up to £85m.
Persimmon takes profits hit
Housebuilder Persimmon has announced a fall in profits as it attempts to salvage its reputation.