Extra support to tackle sexual abuse in schools and colleges

Teachers and school leaders will be better supported to recognise sexual harassment and abuse and teach confidently about issues of consent.

More than 110 new Youth Hubs offer job help

Young people across all corners of Great Britain are now benefitting from new specialist employment support and advice from local Youth Hubs.

Fund councils so they can invest in resilience

A new CCN report has claimed that councils need a long-term funding settlement to invest in organisational resilience.

Shake-up of England's electoral map outlined

Parts of the North of England and the Midlands will lose parliamentary seats while areas in the South gain under Boundary Commission proposals.

Towns to share over £600 million in Town Deals

The government has announced that 26 towns will share over £610 million to boost their local economies, create jobs and help them build back better.

£3m respite fund launched for Welsh unpaid carers

Julie Morgan has announced that a new £3 million fund is being set up to provide respite and short breaks for Wales’ small army of unpaid carers.

90,000 to benefit from free school meals in Scotland

More than 90,000 primary school pupils in Scotland will be entitled to new free school meal support in term time.

New funding to create 19,000 jobs and 17,000 new homes

One Public Estate has awarded £30 million to successful cross-public sector projects as part of its levelling up agenda.

A new campaign aimed at inspiring the nation to get planting has been launched to help communities tackle climate change and biodiversity loss.

Pandemic risks leading to reductions in public services

The Public Accounts Committee has warned that the impact of the pandemic risks leading to reductions in services for local people even as council tax rises.

Procurement teams must consider wider benefits of public spending

New guidance for public bodies stresses that opportunities for local growth should be taken into account when awarding public contracts.

£18.3 million to make streets safer through local projects

40 areas have been awarded a share of £18.3 million to make streets safer through projects to crack down on neighbourhood crimes.

Eight in 10 councils forced to overspend on children’s care

The LGA has revealed that more than eight in 10 councils in England responsible for children’s social care overspent in the year to 2019/20.

Labour publishes new education plan for post-Covid period

Labour has proposed a programme for all children to ‘play, learn and develop’ as the post-Covid catch up continues.

Contact tracing in Wales extended until March 2022

The Welsh Government has announced that the Test, Trace, Protect service will be extended to next year, with a further injection of funding.

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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.