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Parks and green spaces contract set to be taken over by council company

THE contract to maintain Liverpool’s parks and green spaces is set to be handed to the council-owned company which operates the refuse, recycling and street cleansing service.

A report to the Cabinet on Friday 27 October is recommending that Liverpool Street Scene Services Limited – a wholly owned Local Authority Trading Company (LATco) – takes […]

Staffordshire County Council boosts employee satisfaction through smart working rollout

Targus technology unleashes 3,000-strong team to work anywhere

Targus, a global leader in mobile computing accessories, today announces that Staffordshire County Council has selected the company to boost productivity and enable flexible working, with the installation of over 1,000 universal docking stations.

In order for Staffordshire County Council to achieve smarter ways of working, greater […]

New Technical Director to lead product development at Eminox

Steve Whelan (left) Technical Director and Mark Runciman Operations Director Eminox

Gainsborough-based emissions specialists, Eminox has appointed Steve Whelan, as its new Technical Director.

In his new role, Steve will be responsible for the company’s product development as well as research and advanced engineering, helping to shape Eminox’s technology strategy for the future.

He […]

LGA RESPONDS TO CANCELLATION OF UBER’S TAXI LICENCE IN LONDON

Taxis working in London: Photo: GPSJ

Responding to today’s decision by Transport for London not to renew taxi firm Uber’s licence to operate in London, Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, said: “Other licensing authorities will be watching with interest today’s announcement by Transport for […]

Kodak Alaris unveils next wave of IN2 Ecosystem to take complexity out of information capture

Four casual-dressed persons working together on a new idea at the table.

Reporter: Allan Roach

Kodak Alaris is expanding its information capture ecosystem, delivering on the promise of digital transformation for businesses and governments around the world. The global solution provider is hosting customer and partner events in all regions this week to unveil […]

CTSI Director of Policy calls for independent national trading standards regime

Adam Scorer

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Director of Policy at the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI), Adam Scorer, repeated its call for an independent, national trading standards regime on BBC News today. This follows demands from Which? on manufactures to ‘do the right thing’ and stop producing plastic-backed cold-appliances from non-flame retardant materials.

“We have […]

LGA RESPONDS TO GOVERNMENT’S PLAN TO BRING FORWARD SOCIAL HOUSING GREEN PAPER

Responding to today’s announcement by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid that a green paper for social housing will be brought forward, Cllr Martin Tett, the LGA’s Housing spokesman, said: “The LGA has long-called for more powers to build good quality and genuinely affordable homes. We are encouraged that the Government is to bring forward its green […]

Local Government Minister sets out plans to strengthen rules to prevent anyone found guilty of serious crimes from serving on local councils

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Local Government Minister Marcus Jones has today set out plans to strengthen rules to prevent anyone found guilty of serious crimes from serving on local councils.

Under the planned changes to criteria, it would ensure those who represent their communities are held to the highest […]

SIMPLIFY EU RULES OVER HOW COUNCILS BUY GOODS AND SERVICES AFTER BREXIT

Simpler rules regulating how councils buy goods and services after Brexit could boost local growth and create jobs, the Local Government Association says today.

Council leaders say the Government needs to introduce a more efficient UK system regulating how councils buy goods and services when we leave the European Union.

The LGA said this could […]

Half of local authorities across the UK are unprepared to deal with a cyber attack: PwC Research

76% of UK CEOs are concerned about cyber threats

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Just over half (53%) of local authorities across the UK are prepared to deal with a cyber attack according to research by PwC.

While the latest PwC Global CEO survey found that 76% of UK CEOs are concerned about cyber threats, only […]

Public Sector Executives Countdown to 2020 … and the clock’s ticking

Mark Smith, CEO and Founder of Support Revolution

25 November 2015, is a memorable date for most Public Sector Executives, although not for the right reasons, writes Mark Smith, CEO of SAP and Oracle software support specialist Support Revolution.

Less than 18 months ago, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, set out […]

Leading procurement advisers outline how changes to off-payroll taxes could give the public sector an opportunity to deliver better procurement practices all around

MD of Bloom, (Formerly Nepro Ltd) Rob Levene

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

There has been much debate about the serious impact changes to off-payroll tax rules (IR35) will have on the public sector and contractors alike. The MD of Bloom, (Formerly Nepro Ltd) Rob Levene, argues that the changes present the public sector with a […]

The Utility Week Live 2017 transformation leaders and technologies

For all utilities, transformation and flexibility are not optional as they face the challenges ahead: they are the key to survival.

Driving this change in culture are a number of people, whilst a number of key technologies will enable and shape the utilities’ transformation and increasing flexibility.

Utility Week Live 2017 has identified the 10 […]

Westminster City Council in joint venture to help public sector organisations

Simon Terry CEO at 4C Associates

Westminster City Council is partnering with International management and procurement consultancy, 4C Associates, to launch Symbiance, the first company of its kind dedicated to helping local and central Government, and public sector organisations make significant financial benefits.

Over the last three years, Westminster City Council’s procurement team has […]