Refuse worker to extend strike to September

The Unite union has announced that Birmingham City Council’s refuse workers will further their industrial action through August until 1 September.

Home Secretary announces new knife crime laws

Amber Rudd has announced plans to consult on new offences to toughen up knife crime laws, to restrict the online sale of knives.

Housing Advisers Programme launched by LGA

The Local Government Association (LGA) has unveiled a new scheme to assist councils in tackling local housing challenges.

Green Flag Award winners announced

To mark Love Parks Week, green charity Keep Britain Tidy have announced the latest winners of the Green Flag Awards.

Housing markets ‘have substantial effects on fertility’

If current housing trends are maintained, fertility may fall even further, a new report warns.

TUC says public sector pay down thousands since 2010

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has said that public sector workers are thousands of pounds a year worse off than they were in 2010.

Winners of HS2 Phase One contracts announced

The winners of £6.6 billion worth of major construction contracts for HS2 Phase One have been announced.

UK City of Culture 2021 shortlist announced

Five towns and cities have been shortlisted to host UK City of Culture 2021, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism.

Safety bodies to meet ministers to discuss fire regulations post-Grenfell Tower

Leading safety bodies are to meet ministers for talks on the UK’s building and fire regulations following the Grenfell Tower disaster.

£15 million funding allocated for natural flood defences

Schemes across the country have been allocated £15 million worth of funding in order to reduce flood risk.

Lambeth given £55 million grant to provide low-cost housing

Lambeth Council will receive a £55 million grant from City Hall to help tackle the current housing crisis.

New National Housing Fund could deliver 40,000 new homes a year

The government should create a fund which could deliver 40,000 new homes annually and boost public finances by £3.4 billion, a new report argues.

Gender inequality means local government ‘not fit for the future’

Local government is ‘not fit for the future’ as a result of outdated gender attitudes, a new report says.

Council and Carillon contract made

Oxfordshire County Council has ended an agreement with Carillion that sees Carillion provide many services on the council’s behalf.

Position papers on Brexit published by government

Position papers outlining how the UK will negotiate on important issues related to Brexit have been published.

Cost of training public sector staff reduced

Organisations across the public sector are set to make big savings on the cost of training and developing their staff.

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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.