With personal injury cases on the rise - and potential compensation awarded from already scarce resources - Peter Wake and Ken Slade of law firm Weightmans discuss the issues that councils should consider when faced with defending highways claims in the face of breach of duty.
Councils often use long-term contracts for the provision of important services. But circumstances change, sometimes dramatically, so how can local authorities prepare themselves to ensure they don't end up a hostage to fortune? Tiffany Cloynes of law firm Geldards takes a look.
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.
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.