Net Zero plans too focused on cities, says report

The CCN has warned that the government risks undermining its net-zero target by focusing on reducing emissions in cities instead of England’s counties.

Regulators’ Pioneer Fund backing 21 new initiatives

Regulators are clearing the runway for drones to transport vaccines and other live-saving drugs, in a ground-breaking venture funded by government.

Youth services are in crisis, warns NYA

The NYA has stressed that a failure to act now will decimate the youth sector leaving a generation of young people without opportunities to thrive.

First Past the Post to be introduced for all local mayoral elections

Chloe Smith has announced measures to apply the tried and tested system of First Past the Post to the election of council and ‘metro’ mayors across England.

Report urges for increased spending to cover care costs

Social care reforms will protect more individuals from large care costs but will not improve access to care and could make local care markets ‘unsustainable’.

Vacancy rates adding to staff mental health crisis

The government’s failure to deal with ​the growing staffing ​crisis in social care ​risks worsening the mounting mental health toll on workers.

UC cut will disproportionately affect 918,000 young people

YMCA has revealed the true extent of potential damage to some of the most vulnerable among the 918,000 young people currently claiming Universal Credit.  

£48m recovery fund to support social care in Wales

£48 million of funding to support social care in Wales has been announced to help the sector meet the ongoing challenges caused by the pandemic.

Prime Minister sets out autumn and winter Covid plan

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out the government’s plan to manage coronavirus infections throughout autumn and winter.

A new post-pandemic deal is needed for public services

UNISON has said that the government must recognise pandemic efforts of local workers with a new deal for public services and its staff.

Potential £51bn a year boost to rural and coastal economy

A new report from the LGA has argued that the coronavirus pandemic could help to ‘redefine’ rural and coastal communities in England.

Shake up expected for Liverpool City Region’s buses

Bold plans to deliver radical improvements in bus services across the Liverpool City Region are being finalised by the region’s Combined Authority.

Backing for Manchester’s Homelessness Prevention Strategy

Leaders in Greater Manchester have thrown their support behind the city-region’s first ever Homelessness Prevention Strategy.

Funding for councils through new Afghan resettlement plans

Local authorities will receive a 'generous' funding package to support the resettlement of families who have come to the UK having been at risk in Afghanistan.

Half a million job losses likely in urban centres

A report by the LGA has set out the challenges facing urban areas as they look to recover from the economic impact of the pandemic.


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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Metro Prepaid

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