Shared services can help local government meet residents' rising expectations of services, lower costs and transform delivery. But there are key issues to consider, says Gary Bell, executive director - outsourcing at Civica.

The football transfer window may be closing but the transfer window for local government is open all year round, says Chris Ginnelly, managing director of Civica Digital Solutions.

Could lane rentals - daily charges for utility companies carrying out roadworks - reduce delays and congestion on Britain's already busy roads? Jonathan Williams, product consultant at Yotta, takes a look.

How will Brexit affect local government? James Hawkins, partner and head of public sector at law firm Trowers & Hamlins, takes a look.

A recent roundtable discussion chaired by LGE saw key industry figures examine the issues facing local authorities in recycling WEEE and the push towards the 2020 household waste target.

Seasonal pressures on the NHS are not confined to winter. Richard Coe of Kajima says the summer can potentially push coastal trusts to crisis.  

Investing in technology can bring significant savings, along with operational, environmental and community benefits, but with council budgets already stretched, how should it be financed? Chris Wilkinson, head of sales for healthcare and the public sector for Siemens Financial Services in the UK, makes the case for leasing over raiding the reserves.  

In the UK and around the world, Smart City initiatives are providing a blueprint for innovative new approaches to address the key urban challenges we face, says Upendra Dharmadhikary, vice-president at

In the face of tighter budgets and pressure to reduce the environmental impact of our public buildings, local government needs to start waking up to the potential of Building Information Modelling (BIM) when procuring construction services, says Alan Muse, director of built environment professional groups at RICS.

Delayed discharges from hospitals hit record levels this winter. Ewan King, director of business development and delivery at the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), says this is not just a problem for hospitals - and a new resource aims to help develop the community-based support and infrastructure needed for a whole-system approach to reducing delays.