Pandemic has created ‘perfect storm’ of health inequalities

The pandemic has created a ‘perfect storm’ of existing inequality, leading to higher rates of coronavirus infections amongst the most disadvantaged people.

Government urged to launch a children activity campaign

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has urged the government to renew efforts to get people exercising.

Planning permission granted for new UK Holocaust Memorial

Planning permission has been granted to build the country’s first national Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in Victoria Tower Gardens, next to Parliament.

Increase in new energy efficient homes

New government figures indicate a 16 per cent increase in supply of energy efficient homes compared to last year.

£30m Changing Places toilets fund open for applications

Councils are being urged to apply for a share of a £30 million fund to install Changing Places toilets in public places and tourist attractions.

Over 1,000 flood schemes to benefit from record investment

More than £860 million is to be invested in flood alleviation schemes this year with further action including improvements to flood insurance.

Plans to strengthen council finances announced

Plans to strengthen council finances, reduce risk to public funds and ensure councils are delivering value for money for taxpayers have been published.

Charging an EV should be convenient and inexpensive

A clear policy framework is essential to ensure that industry can deliver the vehicles and charging infrastructure required to deliver the government’s ambition.

Metro Mayors join forces on Housing First extension

Three Metro Mayors have joined forces to call for an extension of the Housing First pilot scheme for tackling homelessness.

Government launches new National Disability Strategy

The National Disability Strategy will seek to provide more accessible housing, easier commuting and better job prospects for disabled people.

Multi-million pound boost for nature recovery

90 projects are being awarded grants to accelerate action to support 2,500 jobs, plant almost a million trees and boost nature recovery.

Extra £82m a year needed to end rough sleeping by 2024

The government must maintain pandemic-level funding for homelessness services in order to end rough sleeping by 2024.

PM urged to fund a fair pay rise for council workers

UNISON has urged the Prime Minister to make funding available for council workers so that they can have the pay rise they deserve.

Important to have a say on all housing in local areas

Eight in ten residents feel that it is important to be able to comment on individual plans for all housing developments in their local area.

Daily contact testing expands to 2,000 sites

The government has expanded daily contact testing with 1,200 new sites across frontline sectors, helping to avoid disruption to crucial services.


Event Diary

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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