25 areas empowered to shape design of neighbourhoods

The government has announced that 25 areas have been awarded a share of £3 million to help them set their own standards for design locally.

New body created to better support teachers

A new independent government body will be created to support teachers in delivering excellent curriculum content as part of world class lessons.

600 public buildings in Wales connected with full fibre

More than 600 hospitals, police stations, libraries and other public buildings in Wales have been connected to lightning-fast full fibre broadband.

SEND review needs to tackle rise in tribunal hearings

Reforms designed to improve the lives of children with SEND have failed to prevent a rise in legal disputes and tribunal hearings over the support they receive.

‘Epidemic' of educational inequality for disadvantaged pupils

The government’s multi-million pound catch up programme risks failing pupils who need it the most, says the Education Select Committee.

Financially uncertain future for Scotland’s councils

Scotland’s councils have increased reserves over the last year but must address the impacts of an overall reduction in funding.

Manchester City Council outlines new digital strategy

A new strategy setting out how Manchester can grow its thriving digital sector has been revealed by Manchester City Council.

New research finds patchy careers educations across UK

More than a third of secondary school pupils don’t feel confident in taking their next steps in education and training, according to the Sutton Trust.

Urgent re-think needed on transport decarbonisation strategy

Greener Transport Solutions has said that current technological solutions will be insufficient to hit net zero in the UK.

Action needed on ‘dysfunctional’ children’s social care market

The UK has ‘sleepwalked’ into a system in which children are failing to get suitable placements in foster care and children’s homes.

Over £5m spent by public sector annually destroying drives

Governments and public sector organisations spend millions globally each year destroying data storage devices despite sustainable alternatives.

Case studies shared highlighting councils climate efforts

Friends of the Earth has said that progress needs to be accelerated in every local area if the UK’s climate and nature targets are to be met.

Devolving powers from Whitehall can boost democracy

With a renewed discussion around devolution, there is an opportunity to address the lack of democracy across England, says new report.

Financial report supports Havant ending partnership

CIPFA has assessed that Havant Borough Council could have the financial resources available to separate from East Hampshire District Council.

LGA urges for review of VAT on e-cigarette sales

The Local Government Association has said that the government should cut VAT on the sale of vaping products to help people to stop smoking.


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