£5m to help councils tackle local issues

Councils in England are being empowered to better tackle issues affecting their communities, including youth unemployment and crime.

£140bn to get public services to net zero

Unison has said that getting the UK’s public services across the net zero line will require £140 billion of government funding by 2035.

Scotland announces free bus travel for under 22s

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that all under 22s in Scotland will have access to free bus travel from 31 January 2022.

Chasm in EV chargers between rural areas and cities

New analysis shows chasm in electric vehicle chargers between rural areas and cities – with London having more than England’s counties combined.

New campaign advises on household ventilation

A new campaign has launched to demonstrate the importance of simple ventilation techniques to reduce the risks of catching coronavirus this winter.

‘Radical rethink’ on housing delivery is needed

The Building Back Britain Commission has advised the government that a ‘radical rethink’ on housing delivery is needed.

Government announced new Climate Award for students

Children and young people will soon be able to undertake a new Climate Award in recognition for their work to improve their environment.

Wirral Council criticised for financial decision-making

A government report has criticised Wirral Council for avoiding ‘difficult financial decisions’ as it looked to plug a £9 million budget hole.

Newcastle named UK’s smartest city

Newcastle has been named as the highest UK city and ahead of some of the world’s best-known cities in the global Smart City Index.

£200m pledged to boost levelling up agenda

The government is backing 477 locally-led, innovative projects that will help breathe new life into towns, villages and coastal communities.

New adult social care recruitment campaign launched

People are being encouraged to pursue a rewarding career in adult social care following the launch of a new recruitment campaign.

Further concerns over allocation of levelling up funds

Two councils represented by Tory ministers have received funding from the ‘Levelling Up’ fund, despite being among the least deprived authorities in the UK.

Government urged to deliver on shift to cycling

Over 100 million car and taxi trips made in city regions each year could instead be on e-bikes if the government is able to deliver its target for mode shift to cycling.

Clarity needed on future of Community Renewal Fund

The LGA has called on the government to provide urgent clarity on the future of the Community Renewal Fund, after successful projects have been delayed.

Extra funding to expand woodlands and protect trees

Efforts to plant trees and improve access to nature across the country is to take another step forward with a new £6 million ‘Trees Call to Action Fund’.

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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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