‘People power’ over planning could help fix housing crisis

The Social Market Foundation has said that giving local residents a greater say over proposed construction in their area could help fix the UK’s housing crisis.

Digital initiative trials of new planning processes

Innovative digital tools to help local people have their say in the planning process will be trialled in 13 areas across England.

BEIS campaign aims to improve heating in rented properties

£4.3 million of funding targets 100,000 engagements with the worst performing properties

New London housing plan to help achieve net zero

Boroughs have declared a new plan to achieve net zero across all London properties , which could result in massive environmental benefits.

Only two in five young people expect to stay in the countryside

Only two in five young people expect to stay in the countryside over the next five years as a result of poor public transport and a lack of affordable housing.

Health of one in five renters harmed by their home

New research from housing charity Shelter has shown that the health of one in five renters in England is being harmed by poor housing.

Housing waiting lists could double next year

Councils should be given the powers and funding to build 100,000 social homes for rent each year, says the Local Government Association.

Thousands of new homes to be built on underused land

Thousands of new homes will be built on underused and derelict land to regenerate local areas and help people onto the property ladder.

Draft guideline to help reduce homeless health inequalities

NICE has produced a new draft guideline to increase the access people experiencing homelessness have to health and social care services.

£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.

Greenfield surcharge could encourage brownfield development

The Environmental Industries Commission has proposed a new ‘greenfield surcharge’ to encourage future brownfield development.

Deprived coastal towns need redesign, says Whitty

England's chief medical officer has said that seaside towns need to be redesigned for the modern age to tackle deprivation and health inequalities.

Labour pledges to give first time buyers fairer housing deal

Labour is pledging to reveal ground-breaking plans to build more affordable housing and give first time buyers a fairer deal.

Government must act now on rough sleeping

The Kerslake Commission has made 12 recommendations to the government as part of its final report on tackling rough sleeping.

Green homes revolution could create 138,000 new jobs

A fully funded programme to insulate homes and swap gas boilers for low-carbon heating sources could deliver huge economic and social benefits.


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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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