Income generation

Council buys office to generate income

15/04/2019

South Cambridgeshire DC has made a £13m investment in a high-quality office building to generate an initial net return of around 5.6%.

Welsh council buys leisure park for £21m

12/03/2019

Monmouthshire County Council has purchased the freehold of Newport Leisure Park for £21m.

Councils set for £1bn parking income

11/03/2019

Latest trends suggest councils in England could be set for a £1bn parking income by the end of the decade.

The top ten things for local government to be aware of in 2019

11/01/2019

2019 looks set to be a year of interesting challenges and opportunities for local government. Tiffany Cloynes and Clare Hardy offer their predictions for the year ahead.

Ministers play down commercialisation 'crackdown'

10/01/2019

Ministers have played down the prospect of a widespread crackdown on councils that borrow for commercial reasons.

Shopping for retail sites

09/01/2019

James Duncan explains why investing in retail sites could help councils diversify their income streams.

Finance settlement: Government floats commercialisation crackdown

13/12/2018

Whitehall is considering a crackdown on councils that excessively borrow for commercial reasons as it continues to restrict council tax rises.

Mayor agrees to buy airport in £40m deal

05/12/2018

Durham Tees Valley Airport (DTVA) looks set to be brought back into public ownership as part of a £40m deal.

Investing to earn strategy

18/09/2018

Robbie Blackhurst finds out how local authorities can follow the example of Liverpool City Council by adopting an ‘invest to earn’ strategy.

Council-owned company to bring drone services in-house

10/09/2018

Oxford Direct Services is to become the first council-owned organisation to bring drone services in-house to save time and money.

Assets: A new source of revenue

04/09/2018

A new report has outlined the three main risks councils face when investing in commercial property. Mark Whitehead reports.

Shopping centres: buyer beware

20/08/2018

With councils spending record amounts on buying shopping centres, what risk is this exposing the sector to? Mark Whitehead investigates.

Exclusive: Councils investing record amounts in shopping centres

20/08/2018

Councils are continuing to spend record amounts of money buying up shopping centres, the latest figures show.

Council accused of 'putting public money at risk' over shopping centre investment

15/08/2018

A district council has been accused of putting public money at risk in a 35-year deal to lease a shopping centre from a commercial development company.

The scale of council investment in commercial property

04/07/2018

A new study has revealed local authorities have invested £3.8bn in commercial property to save struggling town centres. Dr Steve Norris and Ed Cooke report on the findings.

Councils warn about assessing risk of commercial projects

26/06/2018

Councils are failing to understand the full risk implications when engaging in commercial activities, a new survey has warned.

Councils making £74m a year from garden waste charges

25/06/2018

More than half of UK councils have introduced charges for garden waste collection totalling almost £74m a year, according to new research.

Councils sell off 4,000 public buildings a year, FOI requests reveal

19/06/2018

Local authorities have sold-off thousands of public buildings and spaces to private developers in order to cover the loss of central Government funding, charity finds.

Unleashing our commercial potential

14/06/2018

Ken Lyon explains how Birmingham City Council is harnessing its considerable assets and skills to generate extra income.

Council buys shopping centre for £14.8m

14/06/2018

Bolton Council has completed the purchase of the Crompton Place shopping centre for £14.8m.

Council drops plans to sell 10% of its parks

12/06/2018

Knowsley Council has agreed to drop proposals to sell 10% of the borough’s parks.

Northamptonshire set to sell county hall

05/06/2018

Northamptonshire County Council plans to sell its county hall and sub-let parts of its corporate headquarters to generate extra income.

Council to buy Liverpool Central Shopping Centre

24/05/2018

Liverpool City Council is set to buy Liverpool Central Shopping Centre in a bid to earn £4.3m over the first five years.

New Oxford City Council trading companies commit to deliver £10.4m

03/04/2018

The commercial division of Oxford City Council has announced it plans to deliver over £10m in value back to the council by setting up two wholly-owned local authority trading companies.

North Yorkshire launches council-owned law firm

21/03/2018

North Yorkshire County Council has become the first local authority in the North to trade its legal services.

Some councils 'hiding' cost of waste collection on their websites

20/03/2018

Although three-quarters of councils now charge for garden waste collections, less than half of council websites provide a good or very good service for this task, a new survey has revealed.

New retail park to generate £1m a year for council

02/03/2018

A new retail park in Portsmouth will generate £1m per year for the city council in rental income.

Council launches new housing repairs company

06/02/2018

Around 450 staff have transferred to a new housing repairs and maintenance company owned by Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

Council to sell brand new £53m headquarters

25/01/2018

A council has decided to sell off its £53m newly opened headquarters in order to cover social care costs.

Your local government guide to starting a film office service

23/01/2018

Karen Everett outlines the seven steps councils should take to attract more filming to their local area.

Technology and the public sector 2018

15/01/2018

Jos Creese outlines some key technology trends councils should focus on in 2018.

Top 100: Our most popular local government stories of 2017

13/12/2017

From council pay to the Housing White Paper, here is a run-down of the 100 most popular stories on LocalGov during 2017.

Why are we here?

11/12/2017

An increased drive for commercialism is forcing many council chiefs to re-assess the fundamental role of local authorities in an age of austerity. Rod Penman reports.

Manchester Airports Group reports strong profit increase

08/12/2017

The largely local-authority owned Manchester Airports Group has posted strong growth in its profits after a 'record breaking' summer season.

Using local authority powers effectively

10/11/2017

Recent case law has shown the importance of local authorities acting within their powers and meeting any associated requirements. Tiffany Cloynes reports.

A prudent investment

24/10/2017

Tony Martin explains why local authorities are making logical and prudent investment decisions when expanding their commercial property portfolios.

Council-owned company purchases first property

18/09/2017

A council-owned property investment company has purchased its first property in an investment which promises an income of over £200,000 a year.

Councils to boost revenues collection with real-time intelligence

14/09/2017

Find out why authorities are investing in innovative new technology that provides up to date intelligence that sits alongside their own data, helping them make more informed decisions on recovery and forecasting.

Council buys back Blackpool airport in £4m deal

13/09/2017

Blackpool Council has purchased Blackpool Airport site in a £4.25m deal.

How councils can create a property portfolio

05/07/2017

James Routledge argues the case for councils investing in property and provides some tips on how to succeed.

Councils spent £1bn on property assets last year to boost income

04/07/2017

Local authorities spent more than £1bn acquiring property in 2016 as a way of generating new revenue, according to a new report published today.

Council sets its sights on £75m property portfolio

23/06/2017

Gloucester City Council is to set up a board to raise money by buying and selling properties.

Revenue generation by councils

20/06/2017

Tiffany Cloynes outlines different strategies local authorities can adopt to help generate new revenue streams, including charging and trading.

Council offers street naming rights to local firms for £20,000

01/06/2017

Local businesses will be given the opportunity to sponsor new street names in Moray after the council approved the revenue generating plan.

District council spends £45m on research park

16/05/2017

A local authority in Essex has invested millions in a research park in the hope it will provide a ‘stable income stream’ as central Government cuts council funding.

Social housing is becoming ‘increasingly commercialised’, says study

20/04/2017

The social housing sector has become ‘increasingly commercialised’ as housing associations look for new ways to make money, report find.

Councils to be banned for charging parkruns to use parks

18/04/2017

Councils could be banned from charging parkruns to use public parks, under new proposals unveiled by the Government.

Bridging the capital divide in local government

17/01/2017

Gwyn Llewellyn calls on councils to think more broadly about their financing options to enable them to invest and fuel economic growth.

Council to spend £30m on acquiring stake in new bank

12/01/2017

Warrington council is to spend £30m on buying a 33% stake in a new bank in order to lend more to small businesses.

Councils: a new class of investor

20/12/2016

Caroline Walker explains why local authorities are steadily emerging as the ‘new investor class’ in the wake of Brexit.

Wightlink ferry deal to generate £2m a year for council

12/12/2016

An innovative new finance deal is expected to generate millions of pounds for Portsmouth City Council.

Reading BC to sign off further £10.5m in cuts

28/11/2016

Reading BC is set to sign off another £10.5m in efficiency savings as the local authority aims to fill a £42m funding gap.

London council launches regeneration trading company

17/11/2016

A new company dedicated to accelerating economic growth has been set up by the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham.

Welsh councils should think ‘strategically’ about charging for services

10/11/2016

Local authorities are not using all the options at their disposal to generate income because of weaknesses in their policies and in how they use data, auditors say.

Liverpool to sell off historical premises to balance budget

28/10/2016

Liverpool City Council has announced it is selling its former administrative headquarters in a bid to find £90m in savings over the next three years.

Council launches new property and investment company

19/09/2016

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council has agreed plans to set up a new commercial property and investment company.

Scottish council to review 120 functions

30/08/2016

The Highland Council is preparing to review over a hundred council functions to identify ‘efficiencies and cost reductions’.

District buys solar farm for new revenue source

19/08/2016

Forest Heath District Council has purchased the largest local authority-owned solar farm in the UK, which will generate income of up to £700,000 per year.

Tamworth launches income generating strategy

21/06/2016

Tamworth Borough Council has approved a new Commercial Investment Strategy (CIS) to help generate income and become more financially self-sufficient.

The road to self-sufficiency

13/04/2016

William Eichler takes a closer look at Essex County Council's journey to generate income through traded services.

Council company to provide 'intermediate' rental housing

07/04/2016

A new council-owned housing company offering affordable rents is to be set up in Camden.

Councils can raise cash by selling surplus assets

11/03/2016

Under new rules councils will be able to spend any revenues they generate from selling surplus assets on public services, communities minister Marcus Jones announced today.

Havant council sets up joint venture company

10/03/2016

Havant Borough Council is setting up a joint venture to deliver environmental and operational services in the borough.

Aesthetics and emotions – a new game plan for regeneration

22/02/2016

Highlighting the outstanding results of a transformational project in the capital, Sam Neal discusses how vision, collaboration and emotional engagement in the regeneration process can deliver far-reaching social and commercial benefits.

Shropshire Council to close its trading company

18/02/2016

Shropshire Council has decided to close its company ip&e Limited after it failed to make enough profit.

Bevvy levy could prove a decent new funding stream for struggling councils

12/02/2016

A small Slovenian town has hit upon an ingenious scheme to increase revenues, attract tourists, and get them very, very drunk: a beer fountain.

Local government in Wales – where next?

11/02/2016

James Downe reflects on the process of local government reform in Wales, and offers some thoughts about the future.

Havant unveils plans to switch key services to new company

21/01/2016

A council in Hampshire is planning to set up a joint venture company to run its services in a deal believed to be the first of its kind in the south of England.

Councils less optimistic about coping with future cuts

20/01/2016

A new report has revealed that councils are less optimistic about coping with upcoming cuts than they were in dealing with reductions over the past six years.

Council’s new property company projected to raise £600,000 per year

04/12/2015

A Somerset council has agreed to proceed with plans to set up a new property company that they project will raise £600,000 per annum by 2019.

Councils launch company to deliver services to schools

02/12/2015

A company providing services to more than 300 schools has been launched by two councils in the north-west.

West Midlands signs devolution deal

17/11/2015

A devolution deal for the West Midlands has been agreed, which includes £1bn of Government investment and an elected mayor.

Calls for new fund to help transfer council assets to community groups

02/10/2015

The Government should set up a new fund to help community groups take control of council assets, according to a coalition of civil society organisations.

London council could rent its rooftops to telecoms companies

02/10/2015

Camden Council is considering leasing rooftop spaces on council-owned buildings rooftops to telecommunications companies to generate new income and improve connectivity.

Supermarket site sale delivers £17.75m boost to council

29/09/2015

Isle of Wight Council has netted £17.75m from the sale of land to supermarket giant Asda.

Council targets self-sufficiency by 2016

21/09/2015

A local authority in Kent believes it will soon be the first council in England to become financially self-sufficient.

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Unjust enrichment?

Housing authorities should take care when relying upon valuations that will feed into section 125 notices, says Amy Rogers, of the disputes team at Cripps.
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