DCMS announces new measures to boost growth of AI

The Department for Culture Media & Sport (DCMS) has announced new measures to support Britain’s world-leading AI sector as part of a Digital Strategy, due to published on 1 March, to boost growth and deliver a ‘thriving, outward-looking digital economy that works for everyone’.

DCLG announces £191m cash injection for South West

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has announced a government cash boost of £191 million for the South West to help create jobs, support businesses and encourage growth.

Claims of malpractice at Glasgow City Council

Police Scotland has announced it has met with senior figures at Glasgow City Council amid allegations of malpractice.

Record number of businesses underpaying workers, official figures show

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has published a list naming 360 businesses who have underpaid 15,520 workers a total of £995,233.

OLEV calls on councils to bid for ORCS funding

The Office of Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV) has announced a new £2.5 million fund for an on-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme, which is open for councils to bid on.

Pembrokeshire Council has backed St Davids - the smallest city in the UK, plan to become the 2021 City of Culture.

NCSC to open in London

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), a facility targeted at protecting the UK against cyber-attacks and overseen by parent body GCHQ, is set to be opened in London by HM the Queen.

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed that the government will return more powers to Rotherham council, bringing the majority of services back under the authority’s control.

The Transport Committee has warned that the UK’s rail franchising model is ‘no longer fit for purpose’ and is failing passengers.

The government has announced that it delivered £1.2 billion of operational savings and £2.1 billion of benefits last year.

281 jobs are expected to be axed at Walsall Council, along with nine libraries, under budget proposals announced by the authority.

Enfield Council has announced it will invest £58 million in the region’s local energy company ‘energetik’, a move which it claims will ‘secure north London’s energy future’.

East Dorset District Council has voted against a plan to replace Dorset’s nine councils with two unitary authorities.

Police are investigating an incident at Aberdeen City Council, after its official website was attacked by hackers.

The Scottish Borders Council is considering a move to create a Brexit response team which will monitor the impact on the region.

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