Liverpool City Council and Cancer Research UK have combined efforts to increase awareness of skin cancer and ensure the disease is firmly on the local authority’s health agenda.

The total trading standards spend in Britain has drastically plummeted, undermining the ability of councils to undertake complex prosecutions.

Children’s charity Barnardo’s has claimed that too many young people in care are missing out on the support from independent mentors.

West Devon Borough Council is close to transferring all services into a company which would have the ability to trade its services.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has defended highly paid public health roles, after a study by the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) claimed 105 public health employees working in local government earned over £100,000 in remuneration last year.

A new report by Policy Exchange has suggested that relocating 25,000 London-based civil servants to local authorities and city regions would boost productivity and innovation in the delivery of public service.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has urged councils to increase the number of free condoms they offer to young people, gay men and those most at risk of catching sexually transmitted infections (STI).

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on the government to make the national minimum standard of broadband speed a law, after Whitehall pledged to give citizens the legal right to access a minimum download speed of 10Mbps by 2020.

Nottingham City Council is considering a proposal to ban a march by the English Defence League (EDL), following concerns the march could pose risks to ‘children and families in the city centre’.

In a letter to the government, a coalition of 15 disability charities has called for more certainty over the availability of future funding for supported housing.

A new survey by technology and transformation company Squiz has suggested that over half of young people believe they would be more likely to vote in future elections if they could do so online.

The Scottish Borders Council is considering plans to develop existing cycling events and build on consumer demand.

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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.