UC cut will hit areas with the worst health hardest

A planned £20-a-week cut to Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit is likely to have a greater impact on those who already suffer the worst health.

New plans to tackle litter and boost recycling in Hounslow

The London Borough of Hounslow has unveiled new plans to invest £3.85 million to help tackle waste and litter and improve recycling rates.

West Yorkshire leaders agree Covid recovery plan

An updated Economic Recovery Plan for West Yorkshire has been unveiled, refocusing on plans for levelling up and the climate emergency.  

Britain’s first ZEZ pilot to launch in February 2022

Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council have confirmed that Britain’s first Zero Emission Zone pilot is set to launch in February.

5G tech rollout to benefit from better street furniture access

Mobile network operators will get easier access to lampposts, bus shelters and other street furniture to speed up the roll out of ultrafast 5G technology.

Majority of childcare businesses making a loss

The NDNA has reported that government funding for three and four-year-olds is not even covering costs for most childcare settings.

Sector support programme helping to eliminate rough sleeping

A report sets out how the LGA’s sector support programme is sharing learning from Everyone In to help eliminate rough sleeping for good.

Shapps encourages UK to switch to electric vehicles

The Transport Secretary has set out a new government-backed app through which drivers can explore making the switch to an electric vehicle.

New investment to make cycling more accessible in Wales

A Welsh Government electric bike pilot scheme is helping local residents swap their car for a bike in communities across Wales.

£1 million to help faith groups support communities

A ‘new deal’ between faith groups and government to capitalise on efforts to help communities during lockdown is being set out.

Public in favour of keeping universal Credit lifeline

Over a million people fear they will be forced to skip meals this winter if the government goes ahead with its plan to cut Universal Credit payments.

Parliamentary map changes could see Wales lose eight MPs

Wales could lose eight of its 40 MPs under major proposals to change the country's Westminster constituencies.

Schools forced to cut support for pupil for special needs

The NAHT has warned that support for pupils who have special needs is ‘beyond crisis’ and ‘sucking money from budgets’ for all children.

Spending Review and Autumn Budget set for 27 October

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has launched Spending Review 2021, which will conclude on 27 October 2021 alongside an Autumn Budget.

Three quarters of councils don’t have maternity policies

New research has found that around three quarters of local councils still don’t have maternity or paternity policy in place for their councillors.

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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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