64,0000 childcare places lost during winter lockdowns

More than twice as many childcare places have been lost during the winter lockdowns than in the first six months of the pandemic.

Levelling up policy won’t help ‘under-served’ communities

Lack of clear objectives in the government’s levelling up agenda are set to hinder rather than help communities most in need of support.

Government accused of having wrong priorities on housing

Labour has accused the government of having the wrong priorities on housing pushing the dream of homeownership further out of reach for many.

Government urged to make remote meetings permanent

The National Association of Local Councils has again urged the government to make remote meetings a permanent option for local councils.

Rough sleeping has risen in London over the past year

Rough sleeping has risen in London over the past year, despite the government pledging to house everyone during the pandemic.

Independent reviewers for councils requesting financial support

The government has appointed independent reviewers to undertake assurance reviews into eight councils.

Apps to help simplify home extension application process

Robert Jenrick has announced that two new apps are being launched to help homeowners improve and extend their homes.

Create post-Covid 'golden age' of cycling, ministers urged

Sustrans has urged the government to create a ‘golden age of cycling’ by capitalising on the surge of interest brought about by lockdown.

New proposals for the businesses rates system

The businesses rates system in England will be made fairer and more streamlined with more frequent property revaluations.

‘Toothless’ targets insufficient to stem tide of biodiversity loss

The Environmental Audit Committee has urged the government to conserve and restore UK biodiversity and ecosystems.

Call for evidence launched on behaviour in schools

The government is asking teachers and school leaders for views on managing good behaviour, including on the use of mobile phones in the school day.

Mobile connectivity programme targets rural areas

People in rural Scotland, Wales and the North East of England are set to enjoy huge improvements in mobile coverage.

Mental health emergency for adopted children

Adoption UK is warning of a mental health emergency amongst some of the UK’s most vulnerable children.

Lack of social infrastructure damaging for poorer areas

England’s poorest neighbourhoods have by far the biggest shortages of basic social infrastructure, such as parks and sports facilities.

UK has less than fifth of charge points needed for net zero

New analysis from the Labour Party has found that the UK only has 15 per cent of the charging points it needs to meet net zero.


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.

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