EA begins £3.8m Totnes flood scheme

The Environment Agency (EA) has started work on a £3.8million scheme aimed at reducing the risk of flooding to over 400 homes and businesses in Totnes.

Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced that vocational and technical education in England will receive an extra £500 million per year in a bid to train more skilled workers and boost the economy.

CCS supports public sector save on water bills

A new water framework agreement will enable public sector organisations to choose which company supplies their water services.

11 regions bid for UK City of Culture 2021

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport has confirmed that eleven areas have registered bids to be UK City of Culture 2021.

MPs press for Nature report to be published

The Environment Audit Committee has called on the government to publish its long-delayed 25-year plan for improving nature in England, in a letter to Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom.

Social care not just a concern for elderly, LGA warns

The Local Government Association (LGA), has reminded that social care is not just about providing care for elderly people, claiming bigger financial pressures on councils include providing care for people with learning disabilities.

Use Brexit to define waste and resource policy

A new report has claimed that Brexit creates an opportunity for the government to develop a new approach to waste and resources policy.

Government launches Digital Strategy

The government has launched its Digital Strategy which aims to create a world-leading digital economy that works for everyone.

Motorists using mobiles face double penalties

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has announced new tough measures for people caught using their mobile phones whilst driving.

State pension age could rise to 70 by 2060, WPC warns

The Commons Work and Pensions Committee (WPC) said that pension age would have to rise to 70.5 years-old by 2060 if the current rate of annual increases was to be sustained.

Boosting BME workplace employees could add £24bn to UK economy, review finds

Baroness McGregor-Smith has cited that the UK economy could benefit from a £24 billion-a-year boost if black and minority ethnic (BME) people progressed in work at the same rate as their white counterparts.

New digital framework attracts 2,000 SMEs

The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) and Government Digital Service (GDS) have launched the new Digital Outcomes and Specialists 2 framework to supply technical expertise to the public sector.

DCMS launches new internet safety drive

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has announced it has begun work on a refreshed Internet Safety Strategy, which aims to ensure the UK becomes the safest place in the world for you people to go online.

Birmingham CC needs bold leadership to deliver finance plans, IIP advises

Birmingham City Council’s Independent Improvement Panel (IIP) has said the authority will need 'bold and tenacious' leadership to deliver its latest financial plans.

Excess army rations should be given to homeless, MP urges

Work and Pensions Select Committee chairman Frank Field has called for surplus army food packs to be used to feed the UK's homeless population, after figures showed 12,275 operational ration packs (ORP) had been disposed of between April and December.

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