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Mike Amesbury said he intented to spend more time with his constituents amidst the cost-of-living crisis.

James Jamieson, chair of the Local Government Association (LGA) has called for a triple lock on the funding local authorities receive from the government.

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Michael Gove has praised the work done by local government at the the Local Government Association’s annual conference and offered thanks for rising to recent challenges.

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Councils warn that Lockdown's impact on London could have implications for future funding.

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Inflation, rising energy costs and the National Living Wages are set to increase costs for councils.

Former Bank of England chief economist Andy Haldane has been appointed as the chair of the government’s Levelling Up Advisory Council.

The previously announced Levelling Up Advisory Council will provide independent specialist advice on matters relating to the design and delivery of the levelling up mission

Huge investment in cities required to 'level up' says report

Research Foundation's Incomes Outcomes report calls on policy makers to focus on major cities outside London to raise national growth

Research links decade of austerity to poor health

Local government spending cuts are associated with worse multimorbidity and health-related quality of life, according to a study by University of Manchester health economists.

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In its smart cities paper, researchers from the Department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences at Eindhoven University of Technology explore how smart city lighting projects can be replicated and upscaled successfully

A Smart Port is a port that uses automation and innovative technologies including Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data and Internet of Things (IoT) to improve its performance. Evolution in ports is needed to meet with the changing demands of global trade: ships are getting bigger; goods are moving faster; and geopolitical issues are creating new challenges for ports. In December last year, a British Ports Association study highlighted the five smart port technologies changing the way UK ports operate for the better

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By their ‘connected’ nature all public sector organisations are cyberattack targets. But none have to be victims, writes Jonathan Lee, Director of Public Sector, Sophos

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When it comes to data, few bodies have greater access to this asset than the Government. While we are seeing greater use of data with each passing year, there is still far more we can do to maximise its potential, increase efficiency and deliver better public services, says Vicki Chauhan, Head of Public Sector at NTT DATA UK

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Public sector organisations have the responsibility of ensuring the health, safety, and prosperity of large populations, yet are often bound by limited budgets. The IoT can help address this, writes Dora Mitter, Data Strategy and Insights consultant at Agilisys

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The nation’s capital has seen a transformation in cycling and walking infrastructure during the past two decades, showing what can be done when there is vision and political will both within City Hall and the boroughs. James Cleeton, London Director for Sustrans sets out his priorities for building on the city’s active travel achievements so far