Children’s social care costs will rise by £600m a year

Increasing demand to help safeguard children will see future cost pressures in children’s social care increase by an estimated £600 million each year until 2024/25.

£875m investment needed in public sports and leisure facilities

Council leaders have said that long-term investment in public sport and leisure facilities is key to supporting efforts to tackle health inequalities.

£65 million support package for vulnerable renters

The government has announced that vulnerable renters struggling due to the impact of the pandemic will be helped by a new £65 million support

Five ‘game changers’ that help level up the north

Northern leaders are putting forward a collective partnership offer to the government, setting out how the North can deliver on the levelling up promise.

10 per cent Council Tax rise to help social care ‘stand still’

Age UK has found that Council Tax would have to rise by an average 10 per cent next year to allow social care just to ‘stand still’.

High workloads pushing public sector key workers to the brink

New TUC polling has revealed that one in five key workers in the public sector are ‘actively considering’ quitting and changing profession.

£300 million to develop new teachers and leaders

Graduates applying to train as teachers in high-demand subjects will receive thousands of pounds in tax-free cash bursaries.

Council tax support grant extension needed, says LGA

Families on low incomes face paying more council tax without an extension to one-off government funding for local council tax support schemes.

Adult social care contributes £50.3bn to economy

Skills for Care has found that the growing adult social care sector and its skilled workforce contributes £50.3 billion to the English economy.

Council tax cannot tackle funding shortfall on its own

Councils have argued that council tax cannot be the sole answer to filling a multi-billion shortfall over the next three years.

Longlist revealed for UK City of Culture 2025

Eight areas longlisted for UK City of Culture 2025 have been unveiled by new Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries, following a record 20 bids for the title.

Islington to help residents invest in a greener borough

Islington Council is set to launch London’s first Community Municipal Investment to help provide local people invest in a cleaner, greener, healthier borough.

New jobs programme for 16-18 year olds in Wales

A new flexible programme focused on helping young people aged 16-18 take their first steps into work is being launched by the Welsh Government.

Council tax bills could rise by £220, warns IFS

Council tax increases of 3.6 per cent per year will be needed for the next three years just to ensure councils can provide the same services in 2024–25.

£50 million to unlock new housing in Scotland

Up to £50 million will be given to councils to build housing infrastructure which will help deliver new homes across Scotland.


Event Diary

London Build is set for a huge return to Olympia London’s Grand Hall for our live Expo on the 17th & 18th November. This is going to be one major celebration as we open our doors to the UK's biggest festival of construction!

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.

Supplier Profiles


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Metro Prepaid

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