Government announces skills training boost

Further measures to boost the nation’s skills, level up opportunities and get more people into better paid jobs have been announced.

New ‘County Deals’ to devolve power to local communities

Boris Johnson has pledged to empower strong local leaders by taking a more flexible approach to devolution, with new ‘County Deals’.

Government details long-term plan for high street evolution

The government’s long-term plan to support the evolution and regeneration of high streets has been launched.

Study finds that cuts to local gov funding has cost lives

Decreasing local government funding over recent years probably contributed to declines in life expectancy in some areas of England.

New role to help end rough sleeping in London

London Councils has appointed Michelle Binfield as Rough Sleeping Programme Director to help end rough sleeping in the capital by 2024.

Tax salt and sugar to cut obesity rates, says review

The National Food Strategy has suggested that sugar and salt should be taxed and vegetables prescribed by the NHS.

Two million children will leave school without ‘catch-up’ support

Labour has warned that nearly two million children will leave school without any catch-up support over the next four years.

One million children in key worker households live in poverty

Over a million children of key workers are currently living in poverty, with key worker families in the North East the hardest hit.

Local government audit close to ‘breaking point’

The Public Accounts Committee has said that the government’s oversight of local government audit has become ‘increasingly complacent’.

‘Greenprint’ to decarbonise all modes of domestic transport

Grant Shapps has announced a Transport decarbonisation plan to help the whole transport sector reach net zero by 2050.

Cross-government strategy needed for young people

The LGA has urged for a cross-government strategy for children and young people to ensure they are at the heart of the national recovery.

Calls for assistive technology to become ‘mainstream’ in social care

A new report is calling for a new framework and funding to make assistive technology ‘mainstream’ in adult social care services.

Build back safer to cut road deaths, says report

The G7’s commitment to ‘Build Back a Better World’ should start with a pledge to build back safer to tackle deaths and serious injuries on Britain’s roads.

More powers for local leaders to reach net zero

Local leaders have called for more powers and resources to help decarbonise transport, tackle emissions and shape local energy markets.

Blueprint for reform to safeguard UK elections published

The AEA has warned that sweeping legislative change and proper resourcing is needed to avoid electoral failure in the UK.

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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.

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