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Councils agree staff merger, sparking job loss fears

A union has warned that plans for two London councils to ‘merge’ could lead to ‘massive job losses’. Wandsworth and Richmond-upon-Thames Councils have announced proposals to create a shared staffing structure, to del...

Police back-office outsourcing criticised by union

The leader of the union representing police back-office workers has criticised a Met Police plan to outsource back-office functions to a public and private partnership, with fears over the processing of sensitive data going into private hands an...

£10 million-a-year Blackburn with Darwen outsourcing deal set for re-negotiation

The ground-breaking £10 million-a-year outsourcing deal between Blackburn with Darwen borough and private firm Capita is to be reviewed and re-negotiated, senior councillors will be told tonight. The council’s executive board wi...

Northamptonshire County Council's 'horrifying' outsourcing plans are slammed by leader of Labour group

Northamptonshire County Council's plans to outsource its front-line services in a bid to save £147 million over the next five years has been criticised by the Labour group. The authority announced its new 'Council Plan' in a draft bud...

One planning team could oversee Cambridge, South Cambs and Huntingdon

One team of planners could oversee much of Cambridgeshire in the latest shared service proposals from the county’s local authorities. Cambridge City would join Huntingdonshire and South Cambs district councils in a shared planning dep...