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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 over the highly controversial loans. Previously l 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) scheme will include a flat £2 per-night room c more >
Seven councils launch lawsuit against Barclays over £500m LOBO loans

04/02/2019Seven councils launch lawsuit against Barclays over £500m LOBO loans

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 agai more >

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Amey looking to escape Birmingham roads contract with £200m divorce bill

19/02/2019Amey looking to escape Birmingham roads contract with £200m divorce bill

Amey could be set to pay more than £200m to free itself from a troubled 25-year PFI contract with Birmingham City Council to repair its roads following a five-year legal battle with the author more >
‘Bitterly disappointed’ council votes to refer shake-up of Shropshire hospital services to health secretary

19/02/2019‘Bitterly disappointed’ council votes to refer shake-up of Shropshire hospital services to health secretary

Councillors at an emergency meeting at Telford and Wrekin Council have decided to refer the “harmful” and “fatally flawed” plans to shake-up hospital services in Shropshire t more >
‘Dishonest and corrupt’ DWP worker jailed for £40k universal credit fraud

19/02/2019‘Dishonest and corrupt’ DWP worker jailed for £40k universal credit fraud

A Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) employee who paid herself more than £40,000 in universal credit payments has pleaded guilty to fraud and been jailed for a year. Lauren Wainwright more >
Anglesey council faces ‘biggest financial challenge to date’ in setting balanced budget amidst bankruptcy warnings

19/02/2019Anglesey council faces ‘biggest financial challenge to date’ in setting balanced budget amidst bankruptcy warnings

Anglesey County Council faces bankruptcy if it doesn’t put more money aside, its financial chief has warned as the authority announces multi-million-pound savings and a 9.5% council tax increa more >
‘Enough is enough’: Powys County Council speaks out against cuts and demands fair deal from government

18/02/2019‘Enough is enough’: Powys County Council speaks out against cuts and demands fair deal from government

A Welsh authority set to increase its council tax by nearly 10% has publicly spoken out about the unfair funding formula for councils, and has urged the first minister to enter talks to deliver &ldq more >
Plastic packaging tax and weekly food collections in plans for government overhaul of national waste system

18/02/2019Plastic packaging tax and weekly food collections in plans for government overhaul of national waste system

The government has launched plans to overhaul the country’s waste system, with packaging producers potentially being required to cover the full cost of dealing with their waste and also facing more >

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Newcastle's 'twin cities'

18/02/2019Newcastle's 'twin cities'

Climate change is forcing cities to approach emergency situations differently – and Newcastle University, in partnership with Northumbrian Water, are looking at innovative methods to predict how a city will react in the future. Leading minds behind the project Chris Jones, Brett Cherry, and more >
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Chris Painter: May's failing Brexit project

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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 te... more > more last word articles >