Councils risking personal data, study suggests

Research conducted by FalconStor has found that local authorities are putting the personal data of 3.5 million citizens at risk by not having a Disaster Recovery (DR) plan in place, LocalGov has reported.

Positive social care linked to reduced dementia

According to new research published by researchers from the University of East Anglia (UEA), University College London (UCL), London Metropolitan University and the University of Nottingham, positive social support from adult children is associated with reduced risk of developing dementia.

Snap election defocuses local elections, WLGA warns

The Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) has cautioned that the general election campaign is ‘crowding out’ the forthcoming local elections.

End dominance of major housing builders, MPs urge

A report by the Communities and Local Government Committee has called on the government to end the dominance over the housing market of the major homebuilding firms and encourage councils and housing associations to build more.

Reform school approach to mental health, committee concludes

The Health and Education Committees has published a report warning that financial pressures are restricting the provision of mental health services in schools and colleges.

MPs urge action over Brexit risk to nuclear industry

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee has warned that the government has left the UK nuclear industry at risk and must act urgently to ensure its continued operation post-Brexit.

MPs highlight impact of Brexit on social care

The House of Commons Health Committee has published a report on the effect of Brexit on health and social care.

Khan scraps Thames Garden Bridge plans

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced that the GLA will not provide the vital financial guarantees needed for construction to begin.

Government housing plans lack ambition

A report has claimed that the government is dependent on a ‘broken’ market, and lacks ambition in addressing current housing needs.

Government fails in delaying air pollution plan

Despite a late bid to delay publication of its the pollution strategy, the government has been ordered to release it before the June election.

Khan launches database to name criminal landlords

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced a new online data base to name and shame criminal landlords and letting agents who exploit their tenants.

LWARB launches Advance London support scheme

LWARB has launched Advance London to help London’s SMEs adopt ‘circular economy’ business models.

New mayors should adopt digital first mindset

techUK has said that newly elected mayors should put digital at the heart of their plans to deliver the best on digital devolution.

£6.4 billion of infrastructure projects for Scotland

Infrastructure projects worth almost £6.4 billion will be under construction throughout Scotland in 2017.

Free schools policy questioned in report

The Public Accounts Committee has revealed that efforts to meet targets for new free schools does not represent the best use of limited funds.

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