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Council suspends contract with litter enforcement firm Kingdom after businesses complain about ‘aggressive’ fines

15.02.19: Wirral Council has suspended a contract with an enforcement firm after a raft of complaints around improper fines to businesses. The council’s cabinet member for environment Anita Leech announced she had directed that the current enfo...

Councils ‘left on life support’ as 97% set to raise taxes and half dig into reserves

14.02.19: Around 97% of councils plan on hiking up council this year and over half plan on dipping into their reserves as under-pressure authorities increase cuts to vital services, new figures reveal. A national survey from the Local Government Info...

Sandwell Council leader steps down ‘kicking and screaming’ after lengthy council infighting

14.02.19: The leader of Sandwell Council has resigned in a move he described as being “knifed in the back” three weeks after he was suspended pending investigation by the Labour Party. Steve Eling has stood down “kicking and screami...

Council to consider scrapping Amey super contract after report reveals public services failings

12.02.19: Trafford Council chiefs are considering ripping up a ‘super contract’ it has with a private firm to carry out a mass of council services over 20 years after a review has revealed a catalogue of failings and “high-level issues.&...

Wolverhampton council worker arrested and sacked after allegedly stealing electronics from authority and selling them on eBay

12.02.19: A Wolverhampton Council worker has been dismissed after allegedly stealing electronic devices such as phones and laptops from the authority, and has also been arrested by West Midlands Police. The 31-year-old supervisor in Wolverhampton&rsq...

Newham LBC to sue RBS over £150m in LOBO loans

08.02.19: Newham London Borough Council is to sue the Royal Bank of Scotland over the terms of around £150m worth of LOBO bank-loans, making it the latest council to take legal action against banks over the highly controversial loans. Previousl...

Rochdale council worker jailed for £80,000 theft in ‘desperately flawed con job’

08.02.19: A council worker who abused his position to steal £80,000 of public money from Rochdale council has been sentenced to jail for 18 months after his “fool-proof plan to get rich” was uncovered. Matthew Ravey, 28, who reporte...

Interserve reaches rescue deal with lenders

06.02.19: One of the largest providers of public services in the UK Interserve has unveiled an emergency rescue deal which will see its debt slashed by more than £300m. Its deleveraging plan is expected to reduce Interserve’s debt from &p...

‘Inadequate’ plans to build new mental health hospital next to primary school to be reconsidered by council

05.02.19: Exeter City Council has apologised for an “inadequate” consultation into plans to build a new independent mental health hospital next to a primary school which failed to properly consider the safety of children. The council has...

Brokenshire orders government intervention at two councils over ‘consistent failures’ to publish local housing plans

05.02.19: Wirral Council and Thanet District Council are to face government intervention after James Brokenshire wrote to the authorities regarding their “lamentable” failure to draw up a local housing plan. All of England’s 338 pla...

Mother appeals to Supreme Court after Birmingham City Council declared her ‘intentionally homeless’

04.02.19: Birmingham City Council is being taken to the Supreme Court by a woman who claimed she was forced into homelessness by the council. The mother-of-four was declared “intentionally homeless” after the city council said she should...

Seven councils launch lawsuit against Barclays over £500m LOBO loans

04.02.19: Seven local authorities are suing Barclays over controversial LOBO bank-loans worth over £500m, which they claim were fraudulently set with high interest rates when sold before the financial crisis. The councils have filed a lawsuit a...

Struggling council criticised for £600,000 complimentary ticket spend amid introduction of monthly bin collections

01.02.19: The cash-strapped council which controversially introduced the first monthly bin collections in England and Wales to save money has given away nearly £580,000 in complimentary tickets to events in the last four years. Over 25,000 were...

Vote of no confidence in councillor passed after bullying allegations

31.01.19: A town council has passed a motion of no confidence in one of its councillors following allegations of harassment and bullying. Labour councillor Elaine Addison was given a vote of no confidence from her colleagues at North Walsham Town Cou...

Ethics review calls for greater transparency and new local powers to suspend councillors

30.01.19: New powers for local authorities to be able to suspend councillors who breach the code of conduct without allowances for up to six months have been recommended alongside a number of other ethical recommendations by the Committee on Standards in...

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Council suspends contract with litter enforcement firm Kingdom after businesses complain about ‘aggressive’ fines

15/02/2019Council suspends contract with litter enforcement firm Kingdom after businesses complain about ‘aggressive’ fines

Wirral Council has suspended a contract with an enforcement firm after a raft of complaints around improper fines to businesses. The council... more >
Sutton London Borough Council permanent chief executive announced

15/02/2019Sutton London Borough Council permanent chief executive announced

The new chief executive of Sutton London Borough Council has been announced, with Helen Bailey taking up the role at the authority. Followin... more >
County council apologises over mistaken Prince Philip death notice

15/02/2019County council apologises over mistaken Prince Philip death notice

Hampshire County Council has apologised after mistakenly publishing a notice that Prince Philip had died in what has been blamed on an “int... more >

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25/10/2017Take a moment to celebrate

Devolution, restructuring and widespread service reform: from a journalist’s perspective, it’s never been a more exciting time to report on the public sector. That’s why I could not be more thrilled to be taking over the reins at PSE at this key juncture. There could not be a feature that more perfectly encapsulates this... read more >

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The importance of openness after Grenfell

The importance of openness after Grenfell

Following the recent Grenfell Tower tragedy, Lord Porter, chairman of the LGA, argues that if the public are going to have faith in the safety testing process then everything must be out in the o... more > more last word articles >
Newham LBC to sue RBS over £150m in LOBO loans

08/02/2019Newham LBC to sue RBS over £150m in LOBO loans

Newham London Borough Council is to sue the Royal Bank of Scotland over the terms of around £150m worth of LOBO bank-loans, making it the latest council to take legal action against banks o... more >
Edinburgh Council becomes first UK authority to introduce ‘tourist tax’

07/02/2019Edinburgh Council becomes first UK authority to introduce ‘tourist tax’

Councillors at Edinburgh City Council voted today to approve the first ever UK ‘tourist tax’ which will raise an estimated £14.6m annually. The Transient Visitor Levy (TVL)... more >

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13/02/2019Blog: Virgin Media Business support EvoNorth

"We are delighted to be a Strategic Partner to EvoNorth 2019. We’re looking forward to joining leaders from across the north to hear their vision for shaping the region and how we can help to make this a reality" EvoNorth welcome strategic partner Virgin Media Business to next month's event. They will be supporting our exclusive Health,... more >
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Government accountability: A year in crises

15/01/2019Government accountability: A year in crises

From Windrush to Univerisal Credit: the Institute for Government’s (IfG’s) accountability lead Benoit Guerin discusses how we can ave... more >
Rethinking public-private partnerships

15/01/2019Rethinking public-private partnerships

Trinley Walker, senior policy researcher at the New Local Government Network (NLGN) considers some different ways of approaching the relationship... more >
Fracking: divest to invest

07/01/2019Fracking: divest to invest

Deirdre Duff, divestment campaigner at Friends of the Earth, takes a look at local authorities’ role in fracking. The fossil fuel indu... more >
Building credit with the public sector

07/01/2019Building credit with the public sector

Mark Morrin, localism lead and principal research consultant at ResPublica, makes the case for salary-deducted lending to sit alongside a broader... more >

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Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

17/12/2018Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

One of the public sector’s key technology partners has recently welcomed a new member to its team. Matt Spencer, O2’s head of public ... more >
Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

17/12/2018Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

It’s no secret that the public sector and its service providers need to invest in technology to help make better use of their resources. Bu... more >
New Dorset Councils CEO on the creation of a new unitary: ‘This is going to be the right decision for Dorset’

05/11/2018New Dorset Councils CEO on the creation of a new unitary: ‘This is going to be the right decision for Dorset’

The new chief executive of one of the new unitary authorities in Dorset has outlined his approach to culture and work with employees, arguing tha... more >
Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

15/10/2018Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

On 6 September, the biggest decision-makers of the north joined forces to celebrate and debate how to drive innovation and improvement through th... more >

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