Vehicle breakdowns increasing due to ‘pothole epidemic’

The ‘beast from the east’ weather conditions have contributed to the highest number of vehicle breakdown callouts in 15 years.

Recycling post code lottery leads to poor rates

A postcode lottery of different schemes has led to more than 80 per cent of waste not being sent for recycling in some areas.

Poorer areas have lost out on £1bn since 2010

Council leaders have united to campaign against austerity only for the most deprived areas of the country.

Unpaid overtime pushing public sector to ‘tipping point’

A new report from UNISON has argued that public services support staff are doing more than 40 million hours of unpaid overtime a year.

Adult care vacancy rate risen by 22,000 in last year

New workforce figures from Skills for Care have revealed that 110,000 jobs in adult care in England are currently left vacant.

£7.5 million fund for councils' digital innovation

Councils seeking to transform their public services through digital innovation can now apply to a new £7.5 million fund.

Local government urged to consider electric or hybrid

Local authorities have been encouraged to consider replacing high polluting vehicles with low-emission ones at the end of their working life.

Council’s poor record keeping highlighted in study

An investigation into council spend has revealed large inconsistencies in how local councils keep and record information.

Local gov spending remaining with top suppliers

New research has found that, despite the collapse of Carillion, more than half of English council spending goes to a handful of the top suppliers.

Green fleet plans for Kensington and Chelsea

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has announced its ambition to convert its entire fleet to green vehicles.

New funding for social care information sharing

£1.4 million will help demonstrate how digital information sharing can improve care and support for people needing social care services.

Strained social care at increased risk of collapse

Adult social care system is at heightened risk of collapse as increasing strain is being put on millions of unpaid carers.

Council cuts stripping authorities to core

The CCN has warned that the ‘worst is yet to come’ as it predicts ‘unpalatable cutbacks’ next year amid further reductions to local authority funding.

£120m to be borrowed for Oxfordshire infrastructure

Oxfordshire County Council has agreed to borrow up to £120 million to invest in infrastructure improvements, including road and property repairs.

Brexit voting towns most likely to suffer

Towns who were more likely to vote leave in the EU referendum are the areas of the UK that could lose most from the Brexit process.

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Event Diary

Corby Ganesh, Portfolio Director at GovNet, discusses how this year’s show in Manchester Central is the ideal space for procurement professionals to network, meet suppliers and learn what’s new in the industry.

Supplier Profiles

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Founded in 2000, the UK division of TigerTurf designs and manufactures artificial turf for sport