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Council first to launch own legal practice

Buckinghamshire County Council and the Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire Authority have launched a new company to provide cost-effective legal services for public and not-for-profit organisations. The authorities say the launch of Bu...

New company to provide school services in north west

Councils in the north west are joining forces to deliver services to schools in the region. Wirral and Cheshire West and Chester Councils have agreed to form a company offering a comprehensive range of services currently worth £30m to...

Report urges improved integration in early years’ services

‘Fragmented and complex’ services for young children are leading to missed opportunities for families, according to a new report. Getting it right for families, published by the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF,) argues servic...

Half of councils at risk of financial failure within five years, say auditors

One in six councils are not expected to deliver services within budget this year, and more than half of all councils are at risk of financial failure within the next five years, a report from official auditors says. As the government pushes...

Could an NHS Trust become a Public Service Mutual?

Up until recently, that hasn't looked very likely at all but now nine NHS Trusts are to explore the potential for them to become employee-led organisations. These are: Moorfields Eye Hospital, the Norfolk and Norwich NHS Foun...