The value of outsourcing contracts in the local government sector reached a five quarter high at the end of March, with new deals signed totalling £350 million, according to the arvato UK Outsourcing Index.

More than a third of local government pension scheme (LGPS) members believe that new communities minister Greg Clark should prioritise tackling spiralling deficits, according to a survey conducted by the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF).

In response to the Cities Devolution Bill, the Local Government Association (LGA) has urged the government to ensure that all areas of the country benefit from extra freedoms and flexibilities, not just major cities.

Following it’s success at last weeks local elections, the Conservative party has now become the largest party in the Local Government Association (LGA), slightly ahead of Labour.

Plans to allow English cities power over housing, transport, planning and policing will be unveiled in Chancellor George Osborne’s first speech since the Conservative general election success.

Electric carmaker Tesla Motors is attempting to expand beyond its vehicles business by unveilling batteries that can power homes and businesses, through storing solar energy.

Analysis undertaken by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has suggested that living standards between 2010 and 2014 were the worst for half a century.

Research unveiled by OC&C Strategy Consultants has suggested that spend on outsourced public services is set to grow from £90bn to at least £110bn by the end of the next parliament.

East Hampshire District Council has approved a planning application that will transform Whitehill & Bordon from a garrison town into a thriving green town.

The Cabinet Office has revealed data detailing how a record number of people registered to vote on April 20, the enrolment deadline on, ahead of May’s general election.

During a pre-election tour of the North of England on the 21st April, Prime Minister David Cameron visited Decorative Panels Components’ impressive manufacturing facility.

Official figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has shown that UK unemployment has fallen to 5.6 per cent, its lowest rate since July 2008.

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