Digital initiative trials of new planning processes

Innovative digital tools to help local people have their say in the planning process will be trialled in 13 areas across England.

£65 million support package for vulnerable renters

The government has announced that vulnerable renters struggling due to the impact of the pandemic will be helped by a new £65 million support

Major health factors to be explored by councils

The LGA is to launch a new programme to help communities become better places to be born, grow, live and age well.

Counties could become ‘poor relation’ in broadband rollout

MPs and the County Councils Network have warned that rural shires could be the ‘poor relation’ to cities in the government’s gigabit rollout.

Southend City staus 'inevitable' after David Amess death, says Raab

Speaking to LBC this morning, Dominic Raab said it would be a "fitting tribute" to Sir David to give city status to Southend-on-Sea

Home Secretary to discuss Police protection for MPs after David Amess murder

The Southend West MP was stabbed multiple times at a constituency surgery in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex on Friday afternoon in an incident that is being treated as terror-related.

New London housing plan to help achieve net zero

Boroughs have declared a new plan to achieve net zero across all London properties , which could result in massive environmental benefits.

Five ‘game changers’ that help level up the north

Northern leaders are putting forward a collective partnership offer to the government, setting out how the North can deliver on the levelling up promise.

10 per cent Council Tax rise to help social care ‘stand still’

Age UK has found that Council Tax would have to rise by an average 10 per cent next year to allow social care just to ‘stand still’.

Record number of UK parks win Green Flag Award

Keep Britain Tidy has revealed the names of the 2,127 parks and green spaces that have collected a coveted Green Flag Award for 2021.

Only two in five young people expect to stay in the countryside

Only two in five young people expect to stay in the countryside over the next five years as a result of poor public transport and a lack of affordable housing.

1,000 schools connected to full fibre broadband

Children in more than a thousand schools are now enjoying next-generation internet speeds and lightning-fast gigabit broadband.

Adaption as vital as mitigation, says Environment Agency

The climate emergency can only be successfully tackled through greater focus on adapting to the inevitable climate impacts that we are already seeing.

Housing waiting lists could double next year

Councils should be given the powers and funding to build 100,000 social homes for rent each year, says the Local Government Association.

Ministers should think twice before creating more mayors

Just one in three people back mayors as the most suitable local leaders for forthcoming devolution deals in England’s county areas.

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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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