Birmingham bin dispute declared ‘over’ but strike action costs city council another £6m

18.03.19: The long-running Birmingham bin dispute appears to be over after the city council approved settlements worth £3,500 for each striking worker as it was revealed that the latest strikes have cost the council more than £5.8m. Unite...

Tees Valley to use compulsory purchase powers to bring former steelworks back into public ownership as Houchen declares ‘we won’t be held to ransom’

18.03.19: Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) has opted to use a compulsory purchase order (CPO) to bring the remaining 870 acres of land at a former steelworks site back into public ownership, ending a long-running dispute. Nearly 3,000 people at...

Nottingham City Council’s long-standing leader to step down

18.03.19: The long-standing leader of Nottingham City Council has announced he is stepping down from the authority at the local elections in May. Jon Collins has led the city council for 16 years and was elected as a councillor in Nottingham 32 years...

Councils Can: LGA launches Spending Review campaign

18.03.19: Lord Porter, chairman of the Local Government Association, outlines his organisation’s campaign to make sure local government tops to government’s list for this year’s Spending Review. Our #CouncilsCan campaign to influenc...

Clean growth collaboration for north west launched by local government and business leaders

15.03.19: A collection of local government, university, and business leaders have joined forces to secure £500m of ‘game-changing’ investment into the future of clean growth in the north west of England. Made up of council leaders a...

Interserve to go into administration as rescue deal rejected

15.03.19: One of the largest providers of public services in the UK is to go into administration after its largest shareholder led a rebellion against its financial rescue plan. Interserve has announced its parent company has applied for administrati...

Council offered top job to man hit by ‘very serious allegation’ over payments to dissolved firm

15.03.19: One of the top jobs at Wirral Council was given to a contractor eight days after officials knew he had invoiced them for large sums of money being paid into a dissolved company’s bank account. The council blunder saw Stewart Halliday...

‘Terrible’ foster care allegations of child abuse not investigated by Birmingham City Council

14.03.19: The local government ombudsman has ordered Birmingham City Council to address a long-standing complaint about child abuse which it said the council had “failed to investigate.” The complaint from 2014 related to abuse allegation...

Chancellor confirms three-year Spending Review imminent subject to a Brexit deal

14.03.19: The chancellor has announced he will launch a “full three-year Spending Review” before the summer break as long as Brexit is agreed and the “uncertainty lifted” in the next few weeks. In his Spring Statement, Philip...

Borderland authorities praise ‘game-changing’ funding of £345m for growth deal

14.03.19: A commitment of £345m for the Borderlands Growth Deal has been announced by the UK and Scottish governments. In the Spring Statement yesterday, chancellor Philip Hammond unveiled £260m of funding hours after the Scottish Governm...

‘Damning’ auditor’s report published on Bristol Council’s £100k pay-out to ex-chief executive

13.03.19: A “damning” auditor’s report into a £100,000 pay-off made by Bristol City Council to its former chief executive has been released. Bristol mayor Marvin Rees insisted that ex-chief executive Anna Klonowski was entitle...

Liverpool metro mayor announces commission into new city centre rail station

13.03.19: Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has unveiled a commission to deliver a new station in Liverpool city centre to connect the region to HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR). Metro mayor Steve Rotherham announced the creation of the...

Newham council to appoint new permanent chief executive

13.03.19: Newham LBC is set to appoint Althea Loderick as its new chief executive and head of paid service. If approved by the full council later this month, Loderick will replace the former Capita boss Katherine Kerswell who has been the interim chi...

Unitary council leader resigns over abuse ‘beyond what any reasonable person should have to endure’

13.03.19: The leader of a unitary authority has announced he is resigning with immediate effect, blaming abuse he has received from campaigners and “health challenges.” The leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, Ray Oxby, has revealed...

Bradford launches NPR growth strategy in bid to become ‘catalyst’ for northern economy

12.03.19: Bradford Council has unveiled its Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) Growth Strategy, setting out the city’s economic, social, and inclusive growth plans across Bradford and the north. The strategy covers six main areas, and outlines how...

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