• Fresh strike warning for sector

    13 June 2022

    Unions have warned of more local government strikes.

  • Veolia to take action after complaints

    25 April 2022

    Street cleaning and waste management giant Veolia has agreed to take action after three London boroughs complained about standards of service.

  • Coventry bin dispute escalates after ACAS ruling

    14 March 2022

    The ongoing strike by Coventry refuse workers could stretch into the summer after a fierce war of words escalated between the council and union Unite.

  • Council chiefs in supply chain warning

    31 January 2022

    Council chief executives have called on the Government to act amid warnings of supply chain issues and labour market shortages.

  • Leading the way in the recycling revolution

    26 January 2022

    The local government sector has bold ambitions for linking the circular economy and net zero, says project director at Local Partnerships Kristy Spindler.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Councils should consider pressures index similar to NHS

    11 January 2022

    Local government should look at introducing a pressures index similar to the NHS to measure the risks to the critical services it provides, council chiefs have suggested.

  • Omicron threatens holiday refuse collections

    20 December 2021

    The outbreak of Omicron has threatened holiday refuse collections due to a renewed shortage of heavy goods vehicle drivers.

  • London Assembly’s on a roll

    24 November 2021

    Diary isn’t sure how many readers noticed but last Friday was World Toilet Day, whatever that means.

  • Putting districts firmly in the spotlight

    02 November 2021

    There’s a new direction at the District Councils’ Network as Cllr Sam Chapman-Allen and James Hood tell Martin Ford how they plan to make Government understand how districts approach growth and can work with businesses.

  • Cash is welcome but not the only answer

    02 November 2021

    The funding for local government revealed by the chancellor in last week’s Spending Review is welcome – but it does not come close to addressing the financial woes of districts, says Cllr Sharon Taylor.

  • Households responsible for 70% of food waste

    01 November 2021

    Households are now the biggest contributor to carbon emissions from food waste, according to latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

  • Is it easy being green?

    20 October 2021

    Huw Russell of Local Partnerships says: 'It might not all be easy, but we stand ready to support the public sector implement the changes required by the Environment Bill.'

  • Counting the benefits of good partnership

    20 October 2021

    The South & East Lincolnshire Councils Partnership was formally signed off this summer. It will build on South Holland DC’s own experience of partnership working, and build something even bigger, says Rob Barlow.

  • Investing to deliver clean and green streets in Birmingham

    19 August 2021

    Despite the city’s well-publicised challenges Birmingham City Council has taken the bold decision this year to invest a further £7.2 million into services as part of its Cleaner Greener Streets campaign. Cllr John O’Shea explains.

  • 'No end in sight' as bin strike continues

    17 August 2021

    Trade union Unite has accused Bexley LBC of failing to deal with an ongoing industrial dispute that has caused six weeks of bin strikes.

  • The Green Book needs to be green in nature

    17 August 2021

    On climate action, it could be argued that the most effective changes we can make are those in which our chosen leaders make solid commitments, followed by sturdy regulation and effective enforcement, says Lawrence Conway.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Porter intervention in waste plans

    16 August 2021

    A former Conservative chairman of the Local Government Association has angrily criticised the Environment Bill’s waste reform proposals.

  • Essex draws on reserves to fund legal dispute

    10 August 2021

    Essex CC is drawing down £13m of reserves to fund an ongoing legal dispute over a failed waste scheme.

  • Council drive to tackle staff shortages

    03 August 2021

    Dacorum BC has started retraining workers to drive waste lorry in a bid to tackle a national shortage of qualified drivers and the impact of the pandemic.

  • Councils forced to suspend waste services due to staff shortages

    20 July 2021

    Several local authorities have been forced to reduce or suspend waste and recycling services due to staff having to self-isolate and a national shortage of drivers.