Don’t forget to read the small print
Public/private sector partnerships have the power to drive real change and deliver value for money, but Andrew Lancaster warns councils need to be careful when negotiating increasingly complex contracts.
Authority forced to reveal £500m contract details
Gloucestershire CC has been forced by a government tribunal to publish full details of its largest ever contract.
Virgin Care sues Surrey CC over ‘flawed’ deal
Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Care Services is suing Surrey CC over the procurement process of a children’s services contract.
Adult social care market 'broken'
The adult social care market is ‘broken’ with services now bought at prices that are unsustainable, a damning report has warned.
Council creates stand-alone capital investment vehicle
The first stand-alone capital investment vehicle in the north-east has been created by Durham Council.
Think globally, deliver locally
An ideal opportunity has materialised for district councils to deliver the industrial strategy at a local level, writes Allen Graham.
One in three upper-tier councils face ‘severe financial challenges’
At least one in three of England’s 152 upper-tier councils are facing ‘severe financial challenges’ in 2018/19, a top auditor has warned.
CA company to promote region’s overseas growth
The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has established a growth company to help promote the region around the world.
‘Brexit wil make more work for small firms,’ says Javid
Communities secretary Sajid Javid has said the Government will use Brexit to make it easier for small companies to bid for work from local authorities.
Councils join forces to sell ICT services to private partners
Liverpool and Salford City Councils have teamed up to sell ICT services commercially.
CA recruitment drive extended
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority has extended its recruitment process for a new chief executive after it attracted a limited number of private sector applicants.
Budget 2017: Cash to close productivity gap
The chancellor has announced more than £500m for infrastructure, technology and training to ‘start to close’ the productivity gap between Britain and its competitors.
Budget 2017: Hammond announces £435m business rate package
Local authorities will be able to access a £300m fund in order to ease business rate revaluation challenges in their local areas, chancellor Philip Hammond has announced.
How business rate reforms will hit councils
David Phillips examines the drawbacks of proposed reforms to the business rates system
Whitehall leads drive for inward investment
The UK Government is for the first time spearheading an inward investment drive backed by leading local authorities at the world’s biggest property regeneration event.
Capita chief quits as pre-tax profits plunge 33%
The chief executive of outsourcing giant Capita, Andy Parker, has stepped down following a 33% drop in pre-tax profits, which the firm blamed on Brexit.
Engie buys Keepmoat in £300m deal
The regeneration arm of Keepmoat has been sold to French energy firm Engie for £300m.
Councils may lose out on growth after 100% rates retention
Councils on the cusp of redistribution thresholds after 100% business rates retention could be discouraged from chasing economic growth, a top economist has warned.
HMRC tool is inconclusive
Questions have been raised about the taxman’s new tool designed to assess the status of public sector contractors.
Finding the best way to commercialise
Philip Monaghan argues that income generation with a social purpose is the best way for local authorities to commercialise.