Worcestershire to pursue new children's social care model

Worcestershire County Council has agreed to develop a wholly owned council company to deliver children's social care services in the region.

Almost £7 million to support struggling families in Liverpool

Liverpool City Council will receive early access to almost £7 million of funding to support struggling families to turn their lives around.

Zero-emission buses for Dundee and Aberdeen

As part of a €25 million project, Dundee City Council and Aberdeen City Council will both be adding hydrogen fuel cell electric buses to their fleets.

£6 billion package to help end fuel poverty

The government has revealed that nearly a million more low-income households are set to benefit from innovative energy saving measures.

Fibre to the Premises Kitemark needed for new builds

Housing developers should adopt a new Fibre to the Premises Kitemark to reassure homebuyers that their new home will be digitally connected.

Plans to create a ‘5G city’ hits trial stage

The government will create a ‘5G city’ in a multi million pound trial to pave the way for a future rollout of 5G across the UK.

Councils able to double on-the-spot fines for litter

Thérèse Coffey has announced that councils will be given the power to almost double on-the-spot fines for litter louts, from £80 to £150.

New initiative to reduce rough sleeping

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has revealed new government plans to significantly reduce the number of people sleeping rough.

Councils able to backtrack on agreed transport measures

The Campaign for Better Transport has raised concerns that the planning system is allowing councils to backtrack on agreed packages of transport.

LEP boundaries should be reshaped alongside county boundaries

The CCN has said that LEP boundaries must be re-shaped so they align with county council boundaries to improve ‘localised’ industrial strategies.

Authorities set for largest council tax rise in 13 years

Official figures released have shown that council tax levels will increase by an average of 5.1 per cent across England in 2018/19.

Legislation to reverse the impact of a ‘staircase tax’

Sajid Javid will introduce legislation that will reverse the impact of a ‘staircase tax’, which he says has unfairly affected up to a thousand businesses.

£48 million for cleaner, greener buses

The new Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme, aimed at ensuring greener journeys, has been launched by Transport Minister Nusrat Ghani.

Savings of £46 billion possible with digital business models

Developing a ‘Lego block’ approach to services could save £46 billion per annum to the public purse.

Councils to charge double council tax on empty properties

Rishi Sunak has announced new government legislation to allow councils to charge double the rate of council tax on homes left empty for years.

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Event Diary

The annual Digital Government conference will be returning to the QEII Centre, London on Thursday 24th May.

On the 16th & 17th of May, UK’s most ambitious SME owners, startup owners, creative leaders and decision makers will take part in what is being Europe’s largest business event.