LONDON Councils has appointed Halliford Associates to drive forward plans for a Collaborative Delivery Vehicle to boost housebuilding across the capital.

HILLINGDON Council has selected civil and electrical engineering firm McCann for a £6.5m contract to replace and maintain street lighting.

Motorists in Devon will be able to pay for on-street parking using a new cashless system being rolled out across the county.

BARKING & DAGENHAM Council has secured a £6.8m loan from the Green Investment Bano to deliver thousands of low-energy LED streetlights.

SURREY'S councils could form a new, county-wide waste collection and disposal service aiming to deliver savings of £12m a year.

WEST BERKSHIRE Council is to take over the running of a care home in order to cut delayed discharges from hospitals.

CARERS in Surrey are to get more help and support under a planned contract to provide more rest breaks.

Virgin Care has been awarded a seven-year, £700m contract to run community health and care services in Bath and North East Somerset.

Hull City Council has agreed a five-year contract with Civica to take over its contact centre services ahead of its year as UK City of Culture 2017.

Police and health chiefs in Greater Manchester have appointed Mitie to a £15m contract for the provision of the UK's first integrated healthcare, liaison and diversion service.