Overhaul planned for education and training in England

Ministers are setting out plans to improve vocational education to help ensure that employers get the skilled workforce they need.

New laws to protect cultural and historic heritage

New laws to protect England’s cultural and historic heritage will mean that historic statues should be ‘retained and explained’ for future generations.

Williamson launches review of children’s social care

Gavin Williamson is launching a review of children’s social care to help make sure children and young adults get the support they need.

UNISON calls for nurseries to close during lockdown

UNISON has said that pre-schools, including nurseries, must be closed except to educate the children of key workers and those who are vulnerable.

Johnson announces new national lockdown

The Prime Minister has announced a national lockdown and instructed people to stay at home to control the spread of coronavirus.

Johnson welcomes uplift in key public sector jobs

The Prime Minister has reaffirmed his commitment to boost the numbers of public sector workers as part of the government’s drive to build back better in 2021.

Councils anticipating closure of childcare providers

More than half of local authorities believe local childcare providers will permanently close as a result of childcare support being withdrawn.

School funding boost confirmed for every local authority

The Department for Education has published school funding allocations going to every local authority in England.

Councils urged to scrutinise services for children in care

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman is urging councils to scrutinise services for children in care.

Pandemic prompts rapid shift to digital consultation methods

The rapid shift to online platforms has led to the majority of consultation professionals changing the way they engage with local communities.

Almost 400 free educational courses next year

As part of the Lifetime Skills Guarantee, tens of thousands of adults will be able to benefit from almost 400 free courses next year.

Spend on British libraries drops by nearly £20m

CIPFA has revealed that total spending on libraries in Great Britain decreased by nearly £20 million over the last financial year.

High needs system for further education is not working

A new report has claimed that the high needs system for further education is not working and requires a radical shake-up.

Public sector workers facing pay freeze

It has been reported that millions of public sector workers in England, with the exception of NHS workers, face a pay freeze next year.

Voting age lowered to 16 for local gov in Wales

A bill to reform local government elections, democracy, performance and governance has been passed in the Senedd.


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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