Pay cap lifting will benefit public sector recruitment

New research has warned that the struggle to recruit and retain staff in public services will continue, unless the pay cap is lifted.

New framework to supply government furniture

A new CCS framework will see SMEs play a key part in supplying furniture for the government’s network of efficient, regional office spaces.

Grenfell Tower fire inquiry to open

The public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire, which killed at least 80 people in June, will begin on 14 September.

2017 General Election cost over £140m

The Cabinet Office has revealed that June's snap General Election cost taxpayers more than £140 million.

Police and prison officers to receive pay awards

The government has confirmed police and prison officers will receive pay rises from this year.

Commons vote success for EU repeal bill

MPs in the House of Commons have backed the EU Withdrawal Bill by 326 votes to 290 in the first Parliamentary vote on the Brexit legislation.

UK government failing on female representation

The government has rejected all six recommendations for improving women’s representation in the House of Commons.

Drive reform to modernise government

The Institute for Government has argued that Whitehall needs people with specific skills sets and experience to successfully deliver on major projects.

EU Withdrawal Bill inadequate for ‘Green Brexit’

Leading environmental groups have urged for meaningful Parliamentary scrutiny of environmental policies following the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.

One in eight workers struggling to afford food

A new survey by the TUC has found that one in eight workers are skipping meals to make ends meet, as a result of stagnant wages.

Increase council tax charges on empty homes, says Khan

Sadiq Khan has urged the government to allow London’s boroughs to increase council tax bills for high-value homes that are left empty.

'Devolution deadlock' putting economic growth at risk

The LGA has warned that opportunities for large economic growth, jobs and housing production risk being lost because of ‘devolution deadlock’.

Record £40m election donations for political parties

New figures have revealed that political parties in the UK received a record £40.1million in donations in the run up to June’s General Election.

Highest levels in a decade for housebuilding

New DCLG figures reveal that the number of new build homes that have started to be built has surged to the highest level since 2008.

£35m potential savings through estates framework

The new Estates Professional Services framework has the potential to save the public sector £35 million over the next four years.

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Event Diary

The largest flood exhibition and conference in the world is coming to London’s ExCeL in September.

The Emergency Services Show takes place at the NEC from 20-21 September and is the only UK event for all involved in public safety.

World of Learning will feature even more opportunities to discover the latest in learning and development (L&D) with over 100 exhibitors, The Technology Test Drive, Learning Design Live, live workshops, one-to-one consultations, free seminars and its renowned annual conference.