£50 million investment in grassroots football pitches

The Prime Minister has announced an additional £50 million in grassroots football pitches, prioritised for left-behind communities.

Better mental health support for young people

A coalition of health and education experts have committed to making mental health and wellbeing a central part of education recovery plans.

New guidance to improve walking and cycling across Wales

New guidance to help local authorities to plan, design and deliver high quality walking and cycling routes across Wales has been launched.

Study finds that cuts to local gov funding has cost lives

Decreasing local government funding over recent years probably contributed to declines in life expectancy in some areas of England.

Tax salt and sugar to cut obesity rates, says review

The National Food Strategy has suggested that sugar and salt should be taxed and vegetables prescribed by the NHS.

London’s toxic air is triggering asthma attacks

More than half a million people are now registered with asthma in London and two-thirds of sufferers say their condition is made worse by poor air quality.

Care workers undervalued by as much as £7,000 a year

Many frontline social care workers are undervalued in comparison to their peers in equivalent positions in other public funded sectors.

Wales to prioritise setting default speed limit to 20mph

Further plans announced to reduce the national default speed limit in Wales from 30mph to 20mph on residential roads and busy pedestrian streets.

Young women increasingly recruited into ‘county lines’ gangs

The LGA has warned that girls and young women are being deliberately and increasingly recruited into drug-dealing ‘county lines’ gangs.

New cross-government unit to tackle drug misuse

The government has announced that a new drugs unit will be set up to help end illegal drug-related illness and deaths.

Social care reform timetable should be set out soon

Proposals on the future of adult social care, including a timetable for reform, should be brought forward by Sajid Javid in the next two weeks.

New pilot to help people exercise more and eat better

Plans for a new pilot to help people exercise more and eat better are being laid out by the government in a bid to cut obesity rates.

Councils set out need for plan on Long Covid

The long-term impact of coronavirus on the nation’s health needs to be recognised in future planning for public health and social care services.

Councils set out post-pandemic recovery vision

This week, the Local Government Association will launch its build back local campaign to emphasise the importance of public services.

Report highlights relationship between obesity and deprivation

Rates of obesity in England are high and rising, with a strong systemic relationship between obesity and deprivation.

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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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