Government responds about cyber security and data

The government has made plans to strengthen the NHS and social care organisations against cyber attacks and protect patient data.

New funding to tackle gang related violence

The Home Office has announced a further funding of almost £100,000 to tackle the issues around gang violence.

Local government must change, new report says

Councils will have to change the way they operate if they are to cope with the challenges and risks facing them, a new report says.

UK unemployment falls to 1.49 million

UK unemployment has fallen by 64,000 to 1.49 million, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows.

Cuts planned to public health budgets

Central government cuts have forced councils to reduce planned spending on public health services, a new analysis shows.

‘Housing First’ game-changer for homelessness

‘Housing First’ is shown to be cheaper and more effective than the current approach to long-term homelessness, a new report finds.

Javid sets straight his views of local government

Sajid Javid has readdressed his views of local government, saying he ‘loves’ what they do for the country.

East of Bath Park & Ride plans cancelled

Bath & North East Somerset Council has announced that plans for an east of Bath Park & Ride will not go ahead on either sites B or F.

Less than half revamped council websites pass usability test

Fewer than half of the council websites revamped between 2016 and 2017 have passed key performance tests carried out by Socitm.

New tender pack makes it ‘easier than ever’ to become a government supplier

Crown Commercial Service (CCS) is making it easier for companies to supply to government by launching a new, simplified tender pack.

New efforts to reduce air pollution in Oxford

Oxford City Council is planning to install electric vehicle charging points for taxis in an effort to reduce air pollution.

Pendle Borough Council signs 10-year contract with Liberata

Liberata, a government process services specialist, has announced that it is extending its contract with Pendle Borough Council.

Charitable trust to run Newcastle’s parks

A new initiative that could see Newcastle’s parks run by a charitable trust is set to take another step forward.

Government to review gig economy workers pay and benefits

The government is to review the world of work for gig economy workers and demand an overhaul of employment law and guarantees on the minimum wage.

Parks are health ‘asset’ to communities, charity says

Green spaces should not be viewed as a burden by local authorities, charity says as it launches a new green space map.

Councils call for control over fines to mobile operators

Councils have called for control over the fines given to mobile operators for poor coverage and customer service to boost connectivity.

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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.