New research: Whitehall needs to focus on preventative policies
Whitehall is regularly drawn into costly, reactionary spending cycles to mitigate crises within the NHS and adult social care but is failing to tackle the underlying causes, a study has found.
Latest Ombudsman's report reignites the outsourcing debate
The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman’s recent report, Lifting the lid on bin complaints, has reignited the debate around outsourced services and whether local government gets value for money from such contracts.
Why the Ombudsman is wrong about bin collections
Louise Round explains why she disagrees with last week's Local Government Ombudsman report on bin collection complaints.
Birmingham’s leader on the horns of a dilemma
The dispute over Birmingham's bin strike has pushed John Clancy into an alley with one union cutting off one escape route and another union blocking the other. Michael Burton says the leader is damned if he does and damned if he doesn't.
Birmingham officers in warning over bin deal
A row is brewing between Birmingham City Council’s management and senior councillors over how to end the long-running industrial dispute with bin men.
Outsourcing blamed for bin complaints increase
The outsourcing of waste collections by councils in England has led to an increase in the number of complaints being upheld by the ombudsman, a new report has warned today.
Waste PFI firm claim for compensation
Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) faces a compensation claim from its private finance initiative (PFI) contractor after pulling the plug on the £3.2bn deal.
New waste fleet aids road safety
Veolia, the multinational waste management company, has responded to concerns over cyclists’ safety across Britain by developing a fleet of vehicles with improved driver vision.
AWM is top bidder for £14m waste deal
Bradford City Council has named Associated Waste Management (AWM) as the preferred bidder for a potential £14m, 12-year waste treatment contract.
London boroughs’ £209m Veolia deal
Waste services firm Veolia has signed a £209m eight-year contract with four south London boroughs under which 330 new staff will join the firm.
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.
Councils loan £17.5m to waste partnership
Five district councils in Somerset have agreed to loan their waste partnership a total of £17.5m to buy new recycling vehicles.
Contract’s online discovery probed
Gloucestershire CC has launched an investigation into how parts of a controversial £500m waste incinerator contract were discovered online.
Luton extends Civica deal
Luton BC has extended its partnership with Civica by another 10 years, as another local authority is looks to cut short its outsourcing agreement.
Peterborough set to dump waste contract
Peterborough City Council has announced plans to end its waste and recycling contract with Amey in a bid to save cash.
Sheffield votes to axe waste contract – 20 years early
The waste services firm Veolia has defended its track record after Sheffield City Council voted to end its contract almost 20 years early.
Sheffield considers ending contract early
Sheffield City Council is considering ending its waste management contract with Veolia 20 years early as the deal is ‘no longer meeting its needs’.
Interserve dropped after failure to deliver
Interserve has been sacked from a major city waste project after ‘repeatedly’ failing to meet delivery milestones.
Council opts to carry on outsourcing
Northampton BC looks set to continue contracting out its waste and recycling service, after ruling out bringing it back in-house.
‘Take lead on landfill tax,’ Whitehall is told
Veolia has called on the Government to show more leadership and vision over diverting waste from landfill.