The annual IT Margins Benchmarking study has highlighted that local authorities are being charged up to 11 times too much for IT purchases, as a result of excessive margins by suppliers.

Stockport Council has signed a deal with Nutanix to reduce its data centre footprint and move its information to an enterprise cloud solution.

Liverpool and Wirral councils are set to pilot a social stock exchange scheme in a bid to encourage investors to put their money into local firms.

Enfield council has enrolled IPsoft’s technology platform, Amelia, to improve local service delivery, including bettering ease of application completion and simplifying internal processes.

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils have announced a new shared finance system that they believe will save an estimated £6.8 million.

Cardiff council has declared its plans to improve the way waste, potholes and fly-tipping are managed by reorganising council services, at a cost of £1 million.

Worker’s union, the GMB has urged councils and other public bodies to stop issuing work to companies which have been found to enlist blacklisted construction workers.

Two in three councils across England are failing to embrace the Social Value Act and consider social value in their procurement and commissioning, according to Social Enterprise UK.

The National Outsourcing Association (NOA) is offering an unlimited number of free places at the NOA Symposium 2016 for employees of public sector organisations.

Derby City council has begun offering new social workers a £10,000 incentive, to be used towards a mortgage.

North Lanarkshire Council has launched an investigation into allegations of corruption, after an anonymous letter was received claiming serious deceitful behavior in the council’s procurement process.

The government has announced that British steel companies will be able to compete on a level playing field for contracts across the public sector.

According to a study conducted by Nesta, local authorities could save up to £14.7 billion per year if they made better use of new digital technologies such as apps and online platforms.

Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) is set to receive a £1.2 billion City Deal, signed by ten local authorities in the area and the UK and Welsh governments.

The government has cancelled its contract with Steatite to develop a GPS tracking system for offenders after spending £21 million on the project.

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