Labour pledges to push councils into taking back local services

Biggest council shake-up since 1980s to dovetail with renationalisation of railways, Royal Mail and utilities

Councils will be expected to take rubbish collection, cleaning and school dinner provision back in-house under plans to reverse four decades of outsourcing to be announced by the Labour party today .

In the biggest shake-up of local government since the Margaret Thatcher-inspired reforms of the 1980s, a future Jeremy Corbyn-led government would legislate to ensure that the default option was for the public sector to deliver its own services.

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