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.

2017 General Election cost over £140m

The Cabinet Office has revealed that June's snap General Election cost taxpayers more than £140 million.

Air quality audits to protect schoolchildren

The Mayor of London has announced the first of 50 ‘air quality audits’ for primary schools in the worst polluted areas in London.

New agreement to tackle transportation of illegal waste

The Environment Agency and DVSA have agreed to carry out joint operations across England to cut the transportation of illegal waste and improve road safety.

Homelessness rise likely to be down to welfare reforms

The number of homeless families in the UK has risen by more than 60 per cent and is ‘likely to have been driven by welfare reforms’, NAO has said.

Unemployment rate falls to 4.3 per cent

UK unemployment fell by 75,000 in the three months to July, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

Just two per cent of UK’s council tower blocks have full sprinkler system

Only two per cent of the UK’s council and housing association-owned tower blocks have full sprinkler systems, a BBC investigation has found.

Prime Minister faces backlash after lifting pay cap

Theresa May faces backlash over public sector pay after a decision to lift the one per cent pay cap on increases was met with derision from Labour and trade unions.

Rotherham regains further powers

The Communities Secretary has confirmed the return of a further five functions to Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.

New initiative improves work health for a healthy economy

A new initiative has been launched to support small businesses in improving work health to create a healthy economy.

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.

https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/news/growing-demand-for-foster-carers/

West Sussex County Council is appealing for people to help give a local child a temporary home in a bid to recruit more foster carers.

Fire safety advice from Hertfordshire services

The fire and rescue services from Hertfordshire County Council are offering businesses safety advice as part of UK Business Safety Week 2017.

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The largest flood exhibition and conference in the world is coming to London’s ExCeL in September.

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.