Broadband rollout trial to target hard-to-reach homes

Fibre broadband cables could be fed through water pipes as part of the government’s plan to speed up the nationwide roll out of lightning-fast broadband.

Increase fly-tipping fines to act as suitable deterrent

Council leaders have suggested that fines for fly-tipping must be significantly increased to act as a suitable deterrent.

New £5 million climate research programme

The government is launching a new £5 million research programme to step up the UK’s resilience to the impacts of climate change.

£250m towards 20,000 low carbon homes for rent in Wales

The Welsh Government has doubled its spending on social housing for rent, committing an initial £250 million for 20,000 new low carbon homes.

Labour Party calls for rapid green investment

Labour has claimed that more than 75,000 green jobs were lost from the UK economy in just five years under the Conservatives.

New training academy in Manchester to teach retrofitting

Greater Manchester has taken its first key step towards becoming carbon neutral by 2038 through the launch of a retrofitting skills training academy.

Birmingham’s first Clean Air Zone data report published

Birmingham City Council has published its first monthly performance report for the Clean Air Zone, which launched on 1 June 2021.

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.

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.

Birmingham showcases first hydrogen bus

Birmingham City Council has unveiled the first of its 20 new hydrogen buses, which are set to be in operation later this year.

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.

MPs question whether councils are equipped to reach net zero

The Environmental Audit Committee is calling for written evidence submissions on a recently published report on local government and net zero.

Government launches nationwide search for climate leaders

The government has announced the first 'One Step Greener' Climate Ambassadors and launched a nationwide search for climate leaders.

Further action needed on EV charging to meet Net Zero

The CMA has set out measures to ensure a national network of EV chargepoints is in place ahead of the 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars.

Increased funding to tackle fuel poverty in Scotland

A programme to tackle fuel poverty and improve energy efficiency in Scotland will receive an extra £9 million of funding this year.


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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