Congestion blighting air quality in regional cities

The government needs to introduce incentives for purchasing electric cars to address the air quality crisis in the UK’s regional cities.

Home Secretary announces new knife crime laws

Amber Rudd has announced plans to consult on new offences to toughen up knife crime laws, to restrict the online sale of knives.

New framework to cut price of contact centre services

CCS has released a new framework to help the public sector maximise the money it spends on contact or call centres.

Health and social care needs urgent ‘reboot’

Integrating health and social care should not be held back by issues of funding and instead needs an urgent ‘reboot’, according to a new report.

Independent taskforce for Kensington and Chelsea

Sajid Javid has announced that an independent Recovery Taskforce to run services for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

A £2.3 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund has been launched by Sajid Javid to help unlock 100,000 new homes in areas of high demand.

Tram-train is late and five times over budget

The experimental tram-train linking Sheffield and Rotherham is expected to be delivered three years late and five times over budget.

Senior politicians urge for lower voting age

A number of senior politicians have called for the voting age to be lowered to 16 after the surge in the youth vote at the General Election.

Fire safety assessment system ‘pointless’

Professor Arnold Dix has said that the current system to assess fire safety of high-rise buildings in the UK is ‘pointless’.

Brexit Risk Tracker to detail environmental policy

Greener UK has published its first Brexit Risk Tracker, which reflect the risks to environmental policy throughout the Brexit process.

Hinkley Point a ‘risky and expensive project’

Government plans for the new £18 billion Hickley Point nuclear power station are ‘not value for money’ and is a ‘risky’ project.

Police cuts threaten riot response capabilities

Current police budget cuts mean that the police would face ‘real challenges’ to deal with riots on the scale of 2011, says chief.

Bidder shortlist revealed for HS2 franchise

The government has announced the companies in the running for the new West Coast Partnership rail franchise and the next South Eastern franchise.

Kensington council boss resigns over Grenfell incident

Nicholas Holgate, chief executive of Kensington and Chelsea council, has resigned following the Grenfell Tower fire.

Government-funded new social housing has plummeted

New statistics have shown that the number of new government-funded social homes has plummeted by 97 per cent since 2010.

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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.