• Report warns of 'dangerous' reliance on suppliers

    21 September 2018

    Councils are concentrating more than half their total spend with their top five suppliers, new research has revealed.

  • Let’s root out modern slavery together

    11 September 2018

    Council procurement can be a tool to eradicate modern slavery, writes Cllr Andy Hull as councils continue to sign up to a new charter to combat the practice in our society.

  • Councils deserve a better deal after Carillion's collapse

    16 August 2018

    Local government figures recently met to discuss the current state of commissioning and procurement after the liquidation of outsourcer Carillion. David Hutton reports.

  • Procurement leaders: from steward to taskmaster

    27 July 2018

    Today’s procurement officers must now be able to understand how to wield data, create and lead talented teams and focus on adding strategic business benefit, writes Richard Guest.

  • Councils should hire a 'public entrepreneur' - report

    25 July 2018

    All councils should appoint a ‘public entrepreneur’ to lead innovation and transformation, a report today has urged.

  • Chain ferry contract secured

    20 July 2018

    Wight Shipyard has secured a contract to make improvements to a chain ferry for Isle of Wight Council.

  • Ministerial question mark over outsourcing

    18 July 2018

    Two government ministers last week warned councils not to be too reliant on single suppliers. Heather Jameson comments.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Council faces tribunal flood

    11 July 2018

    Lancashire CC is facing a deluge of employment tribunal claims from disgruntled former managers as it tries to recruit a permanent chief executive.

  • Shock to the system?

    10 July 2018

    Outsourcing is becoming a far more perilous market for local government to invest in, and with the downward turns of several outsourcing firms making headlines, Ciara Cook takes a look at the forecast for the sector.

  • Brokenshire pushed on Brexit

    05 July 2018

    Local government has presented communities secretary James Brokenshire with a list of Brexit-related issues that need immediate solutions.

  • New indemnity mutual: We have learnt from LAML

    04 July 2018

    The advisers behind the Local Government Association’s (LGA) new indemnity mutual insist they have learnt from the sector’s previous forays into insurance.

  • Morse to maintain audit standards

    25 June 2018

    National Audit Office chief Sir Amyas Morse has insisted he will not lower the standards expected from local auditors despite market concentration and plummeting fees.

  • Warning ahead of Big Four shake-up

    22 May 2018

    A shake-up of the Big Four accountancy firms could lead to changes in the new sector-led audit procurement process.

  • Cheapest bid first 'putting services at risk'

    16 May 2018

    MPs investigating the Carillion insolvency have blasted the Government for putting public services at risk.

  • Commissioning network launched

    10 May 2018

    A network for helping local authorities to commission services from smaller providers based in their area has been launched.

  • The contracting conundrum

    09 May 2018

    Time will tell if outsourcing has had its day as a significant money saving option for the sector. John Tizard and David Walker assess the landscape after this week’s elections.

  • We need a new procurement debate

    17 April 2018

    The fall of Carillion earlier this year has been dissected at length. Jane Eckford argues it is time for a new debate on how the public sector works with the private sector.

  • Taking the contracting challenge

    17 April 2018

    It is widely recognised that commercial contracts and their associated relationships have a direct impact on service quality, the cost it pays and even its reputation. Eddie Gibson explains how one council is delivering a more effective service.

  • KPMG prepares to step back from local government audit

    02 March 2018

    KPMG is preparing to step back from its local government audit work after failing to win any of the contracts under a new sector-led system.

  • Filling the gap: what councils need to know to replace Carillion 

    27 February 2018

    Councils looking to avoid high costs to cover services left unmanned by the fall of Carillion must consider the practicalities and legal challenges before acting, warns Colette-Morgan Ford.