Portsmouth City Council to launch first carbon budget

Portsmouth City Council will be producing its first ever carbon budget for 2022/23, alongside the existing financial budget.

Solihull leads the drive in driverless technology

Solihull has become one of the first places in the UK to see driverless vehicles take to its roads as part of new ground-breaking passenger trials.

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.

Reversing key worker pay cuts could see £3.3bn boost

The economic recovery can be sped up by reversing cuts to key workers’ pay, boosting the country’s economy by £3.3 billion at the same time.

£50m approved for City Deal low carbon programme

The government has approved £58.7 million to help establish the Swansea Bay City Region as a leader in low carbon growth and the green economy.

Free glasses to be trialled in schools to tackle poor eyesight

Thousands of pupils will benefit from an expanded programme that provides two free pairs of glasses to improve reading and writing.

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.

Shift in funding to local level needed for towns

The National Infrastructure Commission says that levelling up towns will require a shift in government’s approach to handing power to local areas.

Starmer sets out vision for a ‘contribution society’

Sir Keir Starmer has set out his vision of how the Labour Party will focus on providing security and opportunity to working people across the country.

Government criticised for cost of living ‘triple whammy’

Millions of families are set to be squeezed by a triple whammy of rising energy prices, an increase in national insurance, and the cut to Universal Credit.

New cross-departmental strategy needed to tackle child poverty

MPs have said that the government must now commit to a cross-departmental strategy to tackle the scale of child poverty in the UK.

2,000 pools could be lost forever by end of decade

Almost 2,000 swimming pools could be lost forever by the end of the decade unless the government ‘acts now’ to replace or refurbish ageing facilities.

Training launched for mental health leads in schools

Pupils will benefit from a trained senior mental health lead tasked with identifying those who need support and improving access to specialist services.

‘Gigaboom’ brings next-generation broadband to half of premises

More than half of UK homes and businesses can now access the fastest commercial broadband speeds available.

Early years support services further to of reach

Action for Children has warned that 4.3 million parents are missing out on or struggling to access essential children's services.


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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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