Pensions Infrastructure Platform optimistic despite Brexit
A vehicle designed to encourage council pension schemes to invest in UK infrastructure will not launch a fresh fund this year but remains optimistic.
No new cash for Greater Manchester local industrial strategy
A former senior civil servant and council chief has questioned the impact of Greater Manchester’s local industrial strategy after it came with no new money.
Woodford moves to reassure Kent after trading suspension
City heavyweight Neil Woodford has sought to reassure Kent CC and other investors after they were blocked from withdrawing from his multi-billion pound fund.
Accessing key drivers for partnership working
Access to skills, technology and investment were among the key reasons for local authorities to work with the private sector says a recent survey jointly commissioned by The MJ and Serco. Michael Burton reports
Municipal bond grants launched
Grants to help councils invest in a new type of municipal bond for funding environmentally-friendly, low-carbon infrastructure projects have been launched.
Contractor Kier announces profits warning
Shares in outsourcing specialist Kier have been sent tumbling following a profits warning announcement yesterday.
Income generation project rakes in £5m
A project launched by Test Valley BC five years ago to combat a decline in Government grants has generated more than £5m for the authority.
'Lessons learnt' from Essex social impact bond
Investors behind the first council social impact bond (SIB) in the world have said what has been learnt from the project will be implemented elsewhere.
Hull commits £2m to improve ‘inadequate’ children’s services
Hull City Council has promised to ‘accelerate’ its improvement plans and invest an extra £2m into its children’s services after they were rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted.
Keep making the investment case for prevention
John O'Brien says that whether we end up with a one year Spending Review or a longer one, it's important to make the wider investment case for preventative services programmes such as Troubled Families.
Councillors urge London borough to 'change mind-set' on procurement
Greenwich LBC has been pressed to ‘change its mind-set’ in procurement by its members as it overhauls its policies.
Business rates 'tweaks' not enough - CBI
Industry leaders have called on politicians to look at overhauling the system of business rates.
Investment-based crowdfunding has ‘untapped potential’ for councils - study
Crowdfunding has ‘huge, untapped potential’ for council finances, a new study has concluded.
Glasgow City Region advances at pace
The £1.13bn Glasgow City Region City Deal is one of the largest and most advanced in the UK. Kevin Rush outlines the progress being made and how the City Deal is stimulating further growth and investment.
Call for Derbyshire to 'overcome departmentalism'
Investment in a greater corporate centre for Derbyshire CC is needed to overcome departmentalism, Local Government Association peers have suggested.
Norfolk investment after Ombudsman criticisms
The Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) today said Norfolk CC ‘failed’ two boys with special educational needs (SEN) – the 11th similar complaint upheld in the last two years.
Pulling leisure out of the deep end
Denbighshire CC is sharing the learning and the success of its commercial approach to leisure provision with the rest of the UK through a £750 million framework, says Jamie Groves
Councils buying up shopping centres in a bid to boost the high street
Councils have spent more than £800m buying shopping centres in the past three years, according to figures from commercial property firm Knight Frank.
Accounting rule changes delayed
Whitehall has agreed to extend a statutory override of new rules that will change the way councils have to treat investments in their final accounts.
Manchester City Council to double its contribution to arts venue
Manchester City Council is expected to more than double its contribution to delivering a new arts venue after the cost of project rose by £20m.