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.

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.

Public sector should ‘do more’ to remove tendering barriers

Over 90 per cent of British SMEs think the public sector should do more to remove the tendering barriers they face when bidding for public sector contracts.

LGA opens bids for Housing Advisers Programme

The LGA is launching the fifth year of the Housing Advisers Programme, an innovative scheme to help councils overcome housing challenges.

‘Opportunity to build a New North’ after pandemic

Transport for the North has set out a Northern Transport Charter to showcase how the region is best placed to shape its own future.

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities announced

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government will become the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

Region rebranded South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority

Sheffield City Region has officially rebranded and changed its legal name to South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority.

‘More accountable’ decisions likely for Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire County Council is to debate plans to return to a leader and cabinet model of decision making in order to strengthen the case for devolution.

Covid rent debt crisis will escalate unless UC cut is reversed

A £360 million wall of rent debt built up during the pandemic threatens to leave hundreds of thousands of tenants facing long-term housing insecurity.

Oxford leisure centres helped to cut carbon

Public leisure centres in Oxford are getting £10.9 million investment to cut carbon, as part of plans to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030.

All new London buses will be zero-emission

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced that all new buses ordered by Transport for London for the capital will now be zero-emission.

Urgent need to secure future of leisure facilities and services

The LGA has said that investment in public sport and leisure facilities and services is key to levelling up the health of the nation.

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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.

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