Government announces £1 billion expansion of tutoring

Children and young people across England will be offered up to 100 million hours of free tuition to help them catch up on learning lost during the pandemic.

Ten councils to test the use of digital tools in planning process

Housing Minister Chris Pincher has announced a £1.1 million fund to test the use of digital tools and data standards across 10 local areas.

Air pollution as big a concern as coronavirus for children

Two-thirds of young people are worried about how air pollution will affect their health, which is almost as much as they worry about coronavirus.

Search for next UK City of Culture launched

Oliver Dowden has launched the competition to find the UK’s next City of Culture, who will take on the baton from 2021 City of Culture Coventry.

MHCLG’s second HQ will be based in Wolverhampton

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has confirmed that the MHCLG’s second HQ will be based at the i9 building in the heart of Wolverhampton.

Unemployment impact of pandemic on rural areas highlighted

A narrow focus in the government’s levelling-up agenda which bypasses rural and shire counties risks England’s economic recovery from coronavirus.

£44 million funding boost to cut emissions from buildings

Tens of thousands of UK homes, businesses and public buildings are one step closer to benefitting from greener, cleaner energy.

Technical consultation on fairer parking charges opens

The government is holding a further technical consultation this summer on its proposed changes to parking charges.

Social housing sector in good financial health

The Regulator of Social Housing has published the results of its latest Quarterly survey of registered providers’ financial health.

Environment Bill continues through Parliament

The government’s legislation to transform our environment has returned to Parliament, with new amendments including a legally-binding 2030 species target.

Let councils decide what happens on their local high street

Centre for London has argued that the government should give communities more say over their local high streets’ future.

Half a million children now eligible for free school meals

The Labour Party has estimated that more than half a million children have become eligible for free school meals during the pandemic.

Shelter calls for 90,000 social homes to be built

Approximately a third of adults do not have safe or secure homes, according to housing charity Shelter.

DfE unprepared for challenges of pandemic

MPs have claimed that the Department for Education had ‘no plan’ and was ‘unprepared’ for the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

Care leavers offered unsafe and unsuitable accommodation

New research has uncovered the extent of unsafe accommodation offered to vulnerable young people when they leave care.

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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.