Labour will argue that the original justification for outsourcing – that private companies offer better value for money to taxpayers – has proved incorrect. It says the collapse of Carillion – the construction and facilities management company – in 2018 highlighted the risk of private provision, but that poor service quality and standards go beyond one-off cases. Local councils – including those in the north London borough of Islington, in Nottingham, Sefton, Halton and Stoke-on-Trent – have already been bringing services back in-house. … [Read more...] about Labour pledges to push councils into taking back local services
From the outset, Cumbria came face to face with the rigidity in its private contracts. The council committed to one of the first major public-private partnerships for highways and building management in 2001, and it outsourced a host of services from roadworks to IT in the subsequent years. In the first year of its highways contract with Capita, foot and mouth disease broke out across the county. Cumbria’s then Labour council leader Stewart Young watched the negotiations around add-on services jack up the cost, which was initially about £20m a year for standard work. … [Read more...] about Why have councils fallen out of love with outsourcing vital services?
Bundesliga clubs made €2.8bn during the same financial period, those in Serie A €2.1bn, and Ligue 1 €1.6bn, less than a third of Premier League clubs’ revenues. Of all Europe’s top clubs, only Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid received more TV revenue than even the 20th Premier League club in 2017, relegated Sunderland, who received £93m. … [Read more...] about Europe’s top-tier football clubs reap benefit of FFP with first overall profit
Police said they are conducting a number of lines of enquiry to find her, and are likely to check her social media accounts, mobile phone activity and any bank cards to help locate her. … [Read more...] about Police launch desperate hunt for missing mother, 19, and her one-year-old son who vanished near Tesco in Merseyside
Reality Check: How are councils spending your money? The overpayment was discovered after civil servants began to work through the necessary calculations to prepare for the extension of the business rates pilots programme, which allows local authorities to keep 100% of locally-collected business rates, in 2018-19. … [Read more...] about Councils were overpaid by £36m due to ‘error’