Essex appointed Worcestershire's Improvement Partner

Essex County Council has been formally appointed as Worcestershire's Improvement Partner, to help the council make improvements in children’s services.

Social workers reveal extent of social care problems

A new survey by Community Care Magazine has revealed just how threadbare the social care safety net in England has become.

Millennials spending triple on housing than grandparents

David Willetts has revealed that millennials are spending three times more of their income on housing than their grandparents generation.

Neighbourhood Networks set for funding boost in Leeds

Leeds City Council’s executive board is set to agree multi-million pound funding to expand the works of the city’s Neighbourhood Networks.

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 group to address issues of current and future parks

The government has launched a new Parks Action Group to help public parks meet the needs of communities now and in the future.

DCLG addresses local housing need

Sajid Javid has announced a new approach to address how many homes each local area needs and how many they will need in future years.

Green space designs to change Leeds cityscape

New £1.9 million design proposals show the planned redevelopment for one of the key gateway areas of Leeds.

Councils warn of service concerns

New research shows that councils are expressing concern over not being able to maintain high service quality amid increasing budget cuts.

Half of areas have more affordable housing

House prices in over half of local authority areas are more affordable now than they were in 2007.

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.

Local gov services to start using GOV.UK Pay

GDS is to start offering GOV.UK Pay to local government, helping local authorities to access the secure online payment service.

Police and prison officers to receive pay awards

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

Public sector set to hire at fastest pace since 2015

ManpowerGroup has claimed that public sector employers are preparing to hire at the fastest pace since 2015.

Essex launches teacher recruitment campaign

Essex County Council has seen its first cohort of 40 ex-teachers successfully complete the Return to Teaching programme.

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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.