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North west landlords merge to form 17,300-home group

Two housing associations and a contractor have joined forces to form a 17,300-home group in the north west. City West Housing Trust has merged with Villages Housing Association and For Works – its former direct labour organisation...

NSW swings axe on troubled shared services

The New South Wales Baird government has finally come good on its promise to swing the axe on its unloved internal public sector technology and services provider ServiceFirst, announcing that what is left of its legacy workload will be carved-up...

Council drops joint venture plan

Middlesbrough Council has dropped plans for a joint venture to deliver key services. The council's executive decided in January to explore an 'alternative delivery model' with the Norfolk County Council-owned Norse to deliver services in th...

Greater Manchester selects interim mayor

Tony Lloyd has been selected as the interim mayor of Greater Manchester to serve until an election for the position in 2017. The police and crime commissioner was chosen over Lord Smith, the leader of Wigan Council and the current chair of...

Shared services in Scottish charity sector are boon to Annodata

Managed service provider Annodata has signed up its 400th customer in the Scottish charity sector, through its collaboration with the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO). Annodata says persistent budget cuts and more competi...