Local Authority

8th September 2017
Public Services Must Be Given “Vital” Public Scrutiny – APSE

Public Services Must Be Given “Vital” Public Scrutiny – APSE

New research suggests transparency and public scrutiny processes over public services are being perceived as “weak” and fail to have impact, something that is “vital”, the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) says. As the shape of public services and … Continue reading

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25th August 2017
Veolia Preferred Bidder For Stafford Council Waste Contract

Veolia Preferred Bidder For Stafford Council Waste Contract

Veolia has been confirmed as preferred bidder for a ten-year municipal waste and recycling collection contract by Stafford Borough Council. Worth around £35m, the contract includes the processing of dry recycling which will advance services to help the Council meet … Continue reading

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23rd August 2017
Bin Collection Complaints Upheld By Ombudsman Rockets 59%

Bin Collection Complaints Upheld By Ombudsman Rockets 59%

Councils in England are “getting it wrong too often” when it comes to waste collection complaints, says the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman, whose new report reveals a rocketing increase in upheld waste services complaints. Its new report – … Continue reading

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23rd June 2017
Council Proposes To Save £2m Annually From Recycling Centre Cuts

Council Proposes To Save £2m Annually From Recycling Centre Cuts

Surrey County Council has launched a consultation on proposals to save up to £2m-a-year from community recycling centres. Mike Goodman, Surrey County Council’s (CRC) Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, said: “We face very tough decisions and we very much … Continue reading

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22nd June 2017
Manchester’s “Slim Bins” Boost City’s Recycling By 8%

Manchester’s “Slim Bins” Boost City’s Recycling By 8%

Manchester’s recycling rate has increased from less than 32% in 2015/6 to a projected 40% for 2017/8 after issuing reduced capacity residual waste bins throughout the city. Manchester’s increase in recycling rates will have helped the city to avoid more … Continue reading

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20th June 2017
Council Brands New Waste Collection Service “Wholly Unacceptable”

Council Brands New Waste Collection Service “Wholly Unacceptable”

Elmbridge Borough Council has branded its current waste collection “difficulties“ under a new contract with Amey, as “wholly unacceptable”. The Council has issued an apology to residents, who have been experiencing a backlog of waste collections associated with the start … Continue reading

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14th June 2017
LGA Waste & Recycling Grant Not “Doomed To Succeed”

LGA Waste & Recycling Grant Not “Doomed To Succeed”

The Local Government Association (LGA) has published an evaluation of council projects funded by its Waste and Recycling Programme. It says, as can be the case with grant funding, it doesn’t believe the project was “doomed to succeed”. In its … Continue reading

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1st June 2017
Birmingham Council Refuse Workers In Strike Vote

Birmingham Council Refuse Workers In Strike Vote

Refuse collection workers at Birmingham city council have started voting in an industrial action ballot today (Wednesday 31 May) amid accusations of financial mismanagement and an overspend by council bosses of £9.7m.  The members of Unite, Britain’s biggest union, say … Continue reading

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