New services to help people achieve a healthier weight

The NHS Digital Weight Management Programme is being launched to help thousands of adults and children achieve a healthy weight and boost their well-being.

Create post-Covid 'golden age' of cycling, ministers urged

Sustrans has urged the government to create a ‘golden age of cycling’ by capitalising on the surge of interest brought about by lockdown.

Social care given over £250m to continue coronavirus protections

People in care homes or those being cared for at home will benefit from an extra £250 million to protect them from coronavirus transmission.

Test and Trace must improve effective partnership

The National Audit office has released its second report on the government’s approach to test and trace services in England.

Nine in ten councillors back call for social care priority

Councillors have called on the government to give greater priority to social care and start committing more resources to it now.

New advertising rules to help tackle childhood obesity

The health of children across the UK will be improved as new restrictions will mean they are less exposed to advertising of unhealthy foods.

Lockdowns have had positive impact on local democracy

The SCT has said that the coronavirus lockdowns and restrictions imposed on local government business have had a positive impact on local democracy.

Care needs urgent reform, says PAC

The pandemic’s ‘devastating impact on the care sector’ has emphasised that ‘care is not properly funded, lacks transparency and urgently needs reform’.

Restrictions remain as vaccination programme accelerated

Step 4 of the roadmap out of lockdown will be delayed by up to four weeks and the vaccination programme accelerated.

Youth workers in Greater Manchester A&E departments

A new project will see youth workers embedded in A&E departments across Greater Manchester to engage with people who have been affected by violence.

London to open first dedicated detox unit for homeless people

London’s first dedicated detox unit for homeless people is set to open on 14 June to help save the lives of some of the city’s most vulnerable people.

£3m respite fund launched for Welsh unpaid carers

Julie Morgan has announced that a new £3 million fund is being set up to provide respite and short breaks for Wales’ small army of unpaid carers.

Councils start banning smoking outside pubs and restaurants

Five local authorities have banned smoking in pavement pubs, cafes and restaurants, with reports suggesting that others are considering following suit.

Redbridge reveals Climate Change Action Plan

Redbridge’s roadmap to creating a carbon neutral council, as well as support the community to cut carbon emissions, is being taken forward.

Contact tracing in Wales extended until March 2022

The Welsh Government has announced that the Test, Trace, Protect service will be extended to next year, with a further injection of funding.


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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