£1 million education programme for Traveller children

Communities Minister Lord Greenhalgh has announced new education programmes to help support Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils.

Further action needed on EV charging to meet Net Zero

The CMA has set out measures to ensure a national network of EV chargepoints is in place ahead of the 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars.

Historic county flags raised in day of national celebration

The flags of 52 historic counties will fly proudly at the heart of government as the nation celebrates our shared heritage to mark Historic County Flag Day.

Consistent pattern of underperformance in digital change

Senior government decision makers need to better understand the business, technical and delivery risks associated with digital programmes, says NAO.

Increased funding to tackle fuel poverty in Scotland

A programme to tackle fuel poverty and improve energy efficiency in Scotland will receive an extra £9 million of funding this year.

Hunger rates above national average in one in six authorities

In one out of every six local authorities, rates of hunger are more than 150 per cent the national average, according to new research.

Waste crime costs England nearly a billion pounds a year

A new report has found that the total annual cost of waste-related crime in England has risen by 53 per cent in just three years.

New government agreement to support leaseholders

The government has said that leaseholders in blocks of flats with cladding should be supported to buy, sell or re-mortgage their homes.

Government should review role of certain PDRs

The government should conduct a review of the role of such permitted development rights in the wider planning system, say MPs.

Public urged to continue protecting family and friends

The government has launched a new campaign to remind public of importance of continuing healthy behaviours to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Next steps for new unitary councils in three regions

Plans for new unitary councils in Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Somerset have taken an important step forward following the Communities Secretary’s approval.

Levelling up risks becoming an ‘everything and nothing policy’

MPs have said that a lack of clarity over ‘levelling up’ risks relegating the government’s flagship agenda to an ‘everything and nothing policy’.

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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.