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.

Government mustn’t ignore neighbourhood services investment, APSE urges

The Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) has published a report suggesting budgets for neighbourhood services are in a parlous state.

Government must improve disabled access to built environment

The Women and Equalities Committee has called on the government to lead the charge in improving access and inclusion in the built environment.

Government delays publishing air pollution plan

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has lodged a fresh application with the High Court to postpone publication of its draft clean air plan until after the election.

Free tech tools aiding cyber crime, NCA warns

The National Crime Agency (NCA) has warned that young people are being helped into cyber crime through the use of free tools such as game-cheat websites or forums concerned with modifying games.

Tougher speeding penalties come into force

Harsher punishments for the most serious speeding offences have come into force in England and Wales.

NI electronic voter registration not in place for snap election

An electronic voter registration will not be in place in Northern Ireland for the snap general election on 8 June, despite legislation being passed in December to implement the systems.

Report explores digital leadership in local government

The LGiU has found that local councillors are not ‘digital dinosaurs’ as it investigates digital technology, governance and leadership in local authorities.

Greens call for younger voting age

Setting out the start of their General Election campaign, the Green Party have called for new legislation to allow 16 and 17-year-olds to vote on 8

Over 200,000 homes in England lying empty

Figures have revealed that over 200,000 homes in England were empty for at least six months during 2016.

Extremists to be placed in specialist centres

News plans to separate dangerous extremists from the mainstream prison population through the introduction of specialist centres have been announced.

OAS calls on local gov to improve school meals

Obesity Action Scotland (OAS) has called on local government election candidates to commit to transform school meals in Scotland to create a healthy eating culture.

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