Norse groupchat

A series of frank and wide-ranging discussions, addressing the key political, social and environmental issues affecting the public sector.

Insourcing waste services via the LATCo model


Norse Group CEO Justin Galliford talks with Vivien Holland, Director at Local Partnerships, about the emerging trend of local authorities transferring their waste services back to their direct control. They reflect on the role of the LATCo in facilitating this transition, ensuring control, visibility, and quality are maintained, and retaining a strong focus on governance and oversight.

Addressing the shifting political landscape, they discuss the benefits that the LATCo model can bring in an environment that is unlikely to reduce pressure on the public purse.

The reality of future service delivery


In a Public Finance magazine podcast, Norse Group CEO Justin Galliford, CIPFA’s Joanne Pitt, and Localis‘ Jonathan Werran discuss future service delivery amid budget challenges despite extra funding. They explore options for councils facing income gaps, upcoming elections, and defining statutory services.

Hosted by Chris Smith, the podcast offers insights on audits, essential service delivery, and what the government should consider for local authority responses in uncertain times.

Is it too late to fix public finances?


Norse Group CEO Justin Galliford and Jonathan Werran of Westminster think-tank Localis discuss the challenges for public finances, the impact of local council Section 114 notices, and the pressures on services. They examine party conferences, the question of fixing public finances, and the inefficiencies in funding distribution.

Jonathan suggests a reform agenda with local tax-raising abilities and compares northern European systems. They highlight the benefits of multi-year settlements for funding certainty and long-term investment.

The Six Streets


Senior Director of Consulting, Daniella Barrow, is joined by Jonathan Stephenson, Chief Executive of Brentwood and Rochford District Councils, to discuss The Six Streets project.

Will the challenges facing local authorities in waste services lead to the end of outsourcing?


Norse Group CEO Justin Galliford is joined by Corin Williams, Editor of Materials Recycling World, to contemplate the challenges and options facing councils involved in waste collection and environmental services.

Cost pressures and recent political changes are leading many local authorities to review existing contracts, consider taking services back in-house, or move to partnership working. They discuss the uncertainties of the new waste regulations, the difficulties of implementation, and the shortage of resources in local government.

Can councils can keep their communities happy in an ever-changing landscape?


Justin Galliford meets with The MJ Editorial Director Mike Burton to discuss whether councils can keep their communities happy in an ever-changing landscape and in the face of ongoing challenges.

Justin explains the role Norse plays in helping to deliver services and maintain end-user satisfaction before he and Mike look at how the private and public sectors working together to deliver frontline services have evolved and what each needs to recognise as strengths and skills within the other.

The role of highways in society and the economy


Justin Galliford talks with Dom Browne, Editor of Highways Magazine, about the vital part that highways play in society, their pivotal role in the economy, and how the mixed economy model is now developing.

Can local authorities survive the tough times ahead?


Justin Galliford is joined by Lord Gary Porter to discuss whether local authorities have the resources to survive the hard times ahead.