Local services face a new wave of privatisation across England as a Conservative council leads moves to put contracts worth billions of pounds out to private tender. Essex County Council is one of a growing number of authorities, mainly Tory-led, that intend to outsource all or most of their services to save funds, including schools management, social care, roads and libraries.
Surrey County Councils likely future Conservative leader has promised a radical shake-up of the councils executive should his party retain control of the one-star authority following the June elections.
Plans for Britain’s biggest ever public library were unveiled in Birmingham yesterday
The BBC should come to the aid of struggling local newspapers rather than compete against them
Admissions lotteries being used by some of the best schools in the country could be scrapped after being criticised as “unfair” by the Schools Secretary
Councils across the UK are being told to cut the size of wheelie bins issued as part of an attempt to encouraging recycling
Tonnes of toxic waste collected from British municipal dumps is being sent illegally to Africa in flagrant breach of this country’s obligation.
Excessive supermarket food packaging is undermining householders’ efforts to recycle and adding to council tax bills, according to a new report
The success of Boris Johnson as Mayor of London has inspired a Conservative plan to invite every major town and city in the country to elect a mayor of their own
Green home ‘refurbishments’ are to be offered to householders under a Government scheme which could save them 300-a-year in fuel bills, ministers will pledge.