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.

£1 million education programme for Traveller children

Communities Minister Lord Greenhalgh has announced new education programmes to help support Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils.

Hunger rates above national average in one in six authorities

In one out of every six local authorities, rates of hunger are more than 150 per cent the national average, according to new research.

Waste crime costs England nearly a billion pounds a year

A new report has found that the total annual cost of waste-related crime in England has risen by 53 per cent in just three years.

Next steps for new unitary councils in three regions

Plans for new unitary councils in Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Somerset have taken an important step forward following the Communities Secretary’s approval.

‘Golden opportunity’ to rethink the role of councils

There is a ‘golden opportunity’ to lead the levelling up agenda and fundamentally ‘rethink’ the role councils play in the wake of the pandemic.  

New strategy to improve the lives of autistic people

The government has launched a new multi-million pound strategy to speed up diagnosis and improve support and care for autistic people.

MPs call for more money for rapid-housing scheme

MPs have called for more government funding for a scheme to quickly house long-term homeless people in England.

Derelict high streets could provide space for 500,000 homes

The government has been urged to turn the challenges of the pandemic into an opportunity to Britain’s high streets, communities and commercial centres.

Vulnerable supported through ‘Changing Futures’ programme

Eddie Hughes has announced that vulnerable people in communities across England will be given extra support through the Changing Futures programme.

Fresh hope and opportunity for England’s northern towns

Published at a time of ‘seismic’ change for the UK towns, a new report has pointed to a strong, vibrant and successful future for northern towns.

MPs say that council finances are unsustainable without reform

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has stressed that reforms are needed to ensure the sustainability of local government finances.

£3.2 billion for affordable homes in Scotland

Council areas across Scotland are to share more than £3.2 billion in grant funding over five years to deliver more affordable homes.

New ‘County Deals’ to devolve power to local communities

Boris Johnson has pledged to empower strong local leaders by taking a more flexible approach to devolution, with new ‘County Deals’.

Councils forced to halve spending on early help services

Council spending on crucial services that help stop children reaching crisis point has almost halved over the last decade.

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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.