Charging an EV should be convenient and inexpensive

A clear policy framework is essential to ensure that industry can deliver the vehicles and charging infrastructure required to deliver the government’s ambition.

Widening cracks in council complaints systems

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has reported on ‘widening cracks’ in local government complaint handling.

Metro Mayors join forces on Housing First extension

Three Metro Mayors have joined forces to call for an extension of the Housing First pilot scheme for tackling homelessness.

Government launches new National Disability Strategy

The National Disability Strategy will seek to provide more accessible housing, easier commuting and better job prospects for disabled people.

Birmingham showcases first hydrogen bus

Birmingham City Council has unveiled the first of its 20 new hydrogen buses, which are set to be in operation later this year.

Multi-million pound boost for nature recovery

90 projects are being awarded grants to accelerate action to support 2,500 jobs, plant almost a million trees and boost nature recovery.

Extra £82m a year needed to end rough sleeping by 2024

The government must maintain pandemic-level funding for homelessness services in order to end rough sleeping by 2024.

PM urged to fund a fair pay rise for council workers

UNISON has urged the Prime Minister to make funding available for council workers so that they can have the pay rise they deserve.

Important to have a say on all housing in local areas

Eight in ten residents feel that it is important to be able to comment on individual plans for all housing developments in their local area.

Daily contact testing expands to 2,000 sites

The government has expanded daily contact testing with 1,200 new sites across frontline sectors, helping to avoid disruption to crucial services.

£3.7 million to fund accommodation for abuse victims

The Respite Rooms Trial Programme will see 12 local areas share £3.7 million to fund accommodation and expert support for victims of abuse.

Water safety should start in the classroom, say councils

The LGA has said that all young people need to better understand the dangers of cold water shock and the risks posed by tides and currents.

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Event Diary

The Security Event is set to be the first major exhibition to take place in the sector when it opens its doors on 7-9 September 2021 at the NEC in Birmingham and for the first time it will also encompass the National Cyber Security Show.

digitech21 will seek to demystify the increasingly complex technology landscape and will showcase a host of public sector best practice case studies and the very best solution providers, each of whom are helping organisations to transform and improve the way in which the public sector delivers services to the citizen.