Playgrounds essential in children’s recovery from lockdown

Mark Hardy looks at the importance of playgrounds in creating active environments for children as they return to a more familiar school/home balance

Public finance as a steward of inclusive green growth

A mix of regulation, economic incentives and engagement with the investment community are needed to facilitate a fairer future green economy, writes Jeffrey Matsu

How to improve cyber security in local government

Many of the most significant cyber security challenges are surmountable with a layered security strategy, writes Mark Scott

How technology brings us closer to a greener planet

The path to clean city air: Can smart cities help contribute to a better, cleaner environment? Sascha Giese explores

Media City UK, Manchester

What should the eight newly elected metro mayors focus on to help their cities build back better? Andrew Carter explores

Mental health at work: the runaway issue that mustn’t get away from us

Will business as usual dominate the workplace agenda once more as restrictions ease? Adrian Wakeling, Senior Policy Adviser at Acas, discusses

Why end-of-life deadlines are a prime concern for councils

Mat Clothier explores the key risks end-of-life deadlines pose to local authorities and how they can best protect their systems

Low-code innovation: enabling councils to be a lifeline for society

Richard Farrell discusses the role that innovative technologies can and should play in enabling local authorities to guide and support citizens

Fabio Giunta explores how local authorities can tackle the lack of data and digital skills to move towards a low-carbon future

You can’t manage what you can’t see

It’s time to start planning for the future. Here, Abdi Essa explains why the public sector must move to automation and AI for cloud observability

Assessing mayoral candidates in Greater Manchester

As part of the local elections on 6 May, the people of Greater Manchester will be electing a regional mayor. Here are the candidates

Communities can deliver clean energy and millions of jobs

Polly Billington explores local clean energy partnerships and the benefits of generating energy near to where it is used as we progress towards Net Zero

Getting to grips with Public Sector Pensions

What is happening with Public Sector Pensions in the next year? Shaun Tetley, chair of the CIPP's Public Sector Specialist Interest Group, explains

The Go Ultra Low Cities Scheme

The Energy Saving Trust look at some of the lessons learnt from each of the cities involved in the Go Ultra Low Cities scheme

An opportunity to create a greener footing

We need to think seriously about how we 'build back better' in a way that tackles a potentially more catastrophic global crisis - climate change

Making greener journeys more desirable

Francesca DiGiorgio writes for Friends of the Earth about the design aspect of shifting local planning to deter unnecessary car journeys

A post-pandemic workplace opportunity

Peter Brogan provides a preview to the findings of the IWFM Market Outlook Survey, ahead of the launch of the full findings in the coming weeks

Local government funding – where are we now?

CIPFA CEO Rob Whiteman provides a breakdown of the local government financial picture heading into 2021/22

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Event Diary

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.

Supplier Profiles

Coltraco Ultrasonics

Coltraco Ultrasonics is an award-winning British designer & manufacturer of ultrasonic safety

Eastcote Sign & Display Ltd

Eastcote Sign & Display Ltd is a London sign manufacture based in Wembley.