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‘The overall benefits are potentially enormous’: Bucks County Council granted ABS licence with emergency services group

In a move that has been welcomed by the Legal Services Board, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has granted an alternative business structure (ABS) licence to local authorities for the first time, as Buckinghamshire County Council enters...

District and county agree office share

South Somerset District Council is to share part of its central building with Somerset County Council in a bid to cut costs and drive joint working. The agreement will see the county council lease part of the office in Yeovil, transferring...

Legal chief departs council in wake of shared services deal

The London Borough of Sutton is parting company with its chief counsel after forming a shared services partnership with three other south London boroughs. Sanjay Prashar will leave his post as executive head of legal services following a &l...

North west housing association merger announced

Eastlands Homes and City South Manchester Housing Trust intend to merge to create a new 12,400-home landlord. The two organisations will now begin formal discussions ahead of a six-week consultation with tenants. It is hoped the new organisation...

Pilots to encourage council digital services collaboration | PublicTechnology.net

LocalGov has published information about the creation of Makers Project Teams, aimed at providing a “bottom-up” approach to the design of web services for local authorities. The pilots are the latest development in the ongoing discus...