Manchester considers radical renewable energy options

Manchester City Council could buy its own solar farm to help the authority halve its direct carbon emissions by 2025.

New parents need a dedicated recovery strategy

The Petitions Committee has called on the government to publish a dedicated coronavirus recovery strategy for new parents.

Islington to help residents invest in a greener borough

Islington Council is set to launch London’s first Community Municipal Investment to help provide local people invest in a cleaner, greener, healthier borough.

Fund to end cycle of homelessness and hospital readmissions

People experiencing homelessnessare to be supported through pilot projects to provide temporary accommodation, care and support.

New jobs programme for 16-18 year olds in Wales

A new flexible programme focused on helping young people aged 16-18 take their first steps into work is being launched by the Welsh Government.

Council tax bills could rise by £220, warns IFS

Council tax increases of 3.6 per cent per year will be needed for the next three years just to ensure councils can provide the same services in 2024–25.

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.

One-in-ten adults living with diabetes by 2030

Diabetes UK has predicted that, without significant government action, up to 5.5 million people in the UK could be living with diabetes by 2030.

Help needed to tackle rise in youth mental health issues

Early support hubs which allow young people to access mental health support without referrals should be made available nationwide, says LGA.

Urgent action on ventilation needed, says Labour

Labour is calling for urgent action on ventilation following a 67 per cent increase in the number of children out of school due to coronavirus.

Liverpool to introduce new ‘Good Food Plan’

Liverpool City Council is set to launch its Good Food Plan to help create a city where everyone can eat good food.

£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.

Planning reform must make access to nature legal and fair

A planning system is needed which levels up people’s access to nature by setting a legally binding target so everyone can benefit from nature, says new report.

Cuts to public health run counter to levelling up

The Health Foundation and the ADPH are calling on the government to increase funding for public health following years of underinvestment.

Electric street cleansing fleet for Westminster

Westminster City Council has unveiled a 60 strong fleet of new and upcycled electric vehicles for zero emission street cleansing in the West End.


Event Diary

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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