The government’s digital transformation agenda is picking up momentum, but still faces a number of barriers, according to the second annual Government Digital Trends Survey.

A report published by Centre for Policy Studies has advised that ‘pink zones’, a less regulated system, should be used instead of the current planning system, in order to successfully boost new housing.

The government shared services strategy has delivered savings but has failed to to achieve value for money, according to a report from the National Audit Office (NAO).

It was announced in the Queen’s Speech that the saving of millions of pensioners will be better protected under new plans for the Pension Bill.

The Bus Services Bill, which was included the Queen’s Speech, will limit franchise powers to elected mayors.

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced plans to change the way local authorities help children in care.

The government has launched a consultation on transferring the powers of the Public Works Loan Board (PWLB) to the Treasury, in a move it claims will modernise lending to local authorities.

New research by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has found that housing allowances are not keeping up with rents in the private sector.

Despite the government’s U-turn on academisation, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has maintained that some outstanding local authority schools could still be forced to covert to academies, if the are deemed as ‘unviable’.

The Land Registry has launched a consultation on the proposed draft Local Land Charges Rules 2017.

The Department of Health (DoH) has announced a new £15 million fund will be made available for councils to bid for, to provide safe accommodation for people suffering mental health crises in public spaces.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has awarded funding to projects across England, to help restore local landmarks to their former glory.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on the government to create a more flexible minimum standard of broadband speed across the country to stop thousands of homes and businesses from falling into a ‘digital twilight zone’.

Many voters are unaware of the European Union’s (EU’s) impact on public services in the UK, according to new poll commissioned by the Charted Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

MPs have agreed to consider making it a criminal offence if people refuse to give evidence to select committees.

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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.

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