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Birmingham City Council accused of ‘unprecedented levels of financial incompetence’ after receiving its third auditor warning

25.03.19: Birmingham City Council has been accused of “unprecedented levels of financial incompetence” after it received its third auditor warning in four years. Finance and governance director Clive Heaphy confirmed that the council had...

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...

‘Breakthrough’ deal tabled between union and council in Birmingham bin strikes

11.03.19: Birmingham’s long-standing bin strike has been called off after unions said a new agreement had been tabled with the city council that for the first time meets their expectations. Unite said it had cancelled its strike action, which f...

Wirral Council’s ‘aggressive’ waste enforcement contract with Kingdom terminated

08.03.19: Wirral Council has terminated its contract with the waste disposal enforcement firm who were accused of “underhand and aggressive tactics.” The authority suspended its contract with Kingdom last month so that a review of the enf...

Cardiff Council approves plans for council tax rise and over 50 job losses to tackle £32m budget gap

01.03.19: More than £32m of cuts at Cardiff City Council have been given the green light, paving the way for a wave of savings including 55 full-time job losses and a council tax hike of nearly 5% which is likely to increase for each of the next fou...

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

18.02.19: 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 a new tax for plastic packaging. A series...

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

15.02.19: Wirral Council has temporarily 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...

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.&...

Refuse worker strike action to be ‘escalated’ in Birmingham City Council’s bin row

04.02.19: A new all-out bin strike in Birmingham is now imminent after the Unite union has promised that industrial action “will be escalated” after talks failed to settle the dispute with the city council. Unite has given Birmingham City...

Cabinet member resigns over Birmingham council’s ‘declaration of war’ against staff unions in long-running bins dispute

18.01.19: Birmingham City Council is seeking a court injunction against refuse workers striking against fortnightly rubbish collections, sparking the cabinet member for clean streets, waste and recycling to resign in protest. Majid Mahmood, a member...

China ban adds £500,000 in recycling contamination costs to councils

22.10.18: Tighter recycling contamination restrictions in the wake of China’s imported waste ban have directly hit at least a fifth of councils, the LGA has revealed. China’s restrictions on imports of mixed paper and certain types of pla...

Council controversially begins first monthly bin collection in England and Wales

25.09.18: Monthly bin collections have been introduced for the first time in England and Wales by Conwy County Council, despite major complaints from residents over piles of waste, rats and fly-tipping. The North Wales council rolled out the controve...

North west authority aims to be first in the country to take local control over water supply

31.01.18: A council in the north west of England has applied to the national water regulator for a license to deal directly with United Utilities on water and sewage. Blackpool Council says it will achieve savings of nearly £200,000 in the firs...

Councils could get new powers to crack down on £57m fly-tipping concerns

15.01.18: The government could be about to extend powers to councils allowing them to fine people who use unauthorised disposal companies. Following a consultation by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), authorities would b...

Council’s waste collection privatisation to lead to 50 job losses, GMB claims

01.11.17: Councillors in Newtownabbey and Antrim have voted to outsource bin collections, something that unions argue will mean a number of workers being made unemployed. The GMB has argued that this decision will mean 50 jobs being cut by the authority...

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Birmingham City Council accused of ‘unprecedented levels of financial incompetence’ after receiving its third auditor warning

25/03/2019Birmingham City Council accused of ‘unprecedented levels of financial incompetence’ after receiving its third auditor warning

Birmingham City Council has been accused of “unprecedented levels of financial incompetence” after it received its third auditor warn... more >
First minister promises rules review after Caerphilly council’s six-year £4m pay row

25/03/2019First minister promises rules review after Caerphilly council’s six-year £4m pay row

A six-year pay dispute between councillors at Caerphilly County Borough Council at a cost of £4m will mean the rules around senior council ... more >
RBS to wind down £1bn worth of controversial LOBO loans by end of the year

25/03/2019RBS to wind down £1bn worth of controversial LOBO loans by end of the year

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is attempting to wind down the remainder of around £1bn in controversial LOBO bank loans. Seven local... 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 >
Birmingham City Council accused of ‘unprecedented levels of financial incompetence’ after receiving its third auditor warning

25/03/2019Birmingham City Council accused of ‘unprecedented levels of financial incompetence’ after receiving its third auditor warning

Birmingham City Council has been accused of “unprecedented levels of financial incompetence” after it received its third auditor warning in four years. Finance and governance dir... more >
First minister promises rules review after Caerphilly council’s six-year £4m pay row

25/03/2019First minister promises rules review after Caerphilly council’s six-year £4m pay row

A six-year pay dispute between councillors at Caerphilly County Borough Council at a cost of £4m will mean the rules around senior council officers’ pay in Wales will be changed, firs... more >

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Councils Can: LGA launches Spending Review campaign

18/03/2019Councils Can: LGA launches Spending Review campaign

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 influence this year’s Spending Review is well underway and gathering momentum. The money local governm... more >
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Camberley inspired: investment and regeneration

11/03/2019Camberley inspired: investment and regeneration

The decline of the Great British high street has been one of the greatest concerns for local councils in recent years, leading to some innovative... more >
Swindon's solar-powered recycling centre saves council cash

11/03/2019Swindon's solar-powered recycling centre saves council cash

Steve Cains, head of power solutions at Public Power Solutions, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Swindon Borough Council, describes the benefits of... more >
National Infrastructure Commission: Progressing the North

11/03/2019National Infrastructure Commission: Progressing the North

The National Infrastructure Commission’s (NIC) National Infrastructure Assessment was released in July 2018, making a variety of recommenda... more >
SARS II: Recovery made easy

11/03/2019SARS II: Recovery made easy

Paul Bentley, of the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), introduces us to the Spend Analysis Recovery Framework: a no win no fee means of carrying ou... 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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