Space for 1.3 million homes is being ignored

Brownfield land in England could potentially accommodate over 1.3 million new homes – an increase of almost 10 per cent on 2020.

Culture sector suffers 60 per cent decline during pandemic

The UK’s arts, culture and heritage sector suffered from a 60 per cent decline in output due to social distancing rules and lockdowns.

Investment in cities ‘best way’ to tackle regional inequality

New research has argued that it is investment in cities, not towns, is the best way to tackle regional inequality for the long-term.

Rules changed on social care cap in updated plans

Updated government plans show that the financial help poorer people get to cover their care will not count towards a new cap on costs.

Online tool to map employment and skills provision

The LGA has launched a new online resource to map national employment and skills provision in every local authority in England.

£51 million to help hardest hit in Wales

Welsh Ministers have announced £51 million to help families facing the cost-of-living crisis to pay their bills this winter.

100,000 young careers boosted by Kickstart Scheme

Over 100,000 young people across the country have now started jobs through the government’s landmark Kickstart Scheme.

Report calls for radical expansion of town and parish councils

Onward has stressed that levelling up plans should also include a radical expansion of neighbourhood control through town and parish councils.

Nearly 700,000 green jobs created by 2030

The LGA has said that nearly 700,000 new green jobs could be created by 2030 if councils are given a greater role in local job creation.

New projects funded to keep women safe

The Safety of Women at Night Fund will award up to £5 million to 22 organisations focused on improving the safety of women and girls at night.

Councils trusted most to tackle climate change

A new poll has found that local councils are trusted the most to take action on climate change and make a difference in local areas.

Government’s Environment Act becomes law

Legislation that will protect and enhance the environment for future generations has now passed into UK law.

Areas at risk of economic disruption due to net zero goals

New research has identified the top 74 areas in Great Britain at risk of economic disruption from the transition to net zero.

Bristol secures £42m of government funding for CAZ

A Clean Air Zone will launch next summer enabling Bristol to meet clean air targets in 2023, with £42 million of government funding.

Four flexible voting pilots for Welsh local authorities

The Welsh Government has announced details of four flexible voting pilot schemes being taken forward by local authorities.

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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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