Wakefield Council has appointed design and consultancy firm Arcadis to deliver its Property and Facilities Management Services.

Edinburgh City Council has ordered a survey of its council buildings, after 17 of the region’s schools were closed as a result of safety concerns.

Norfolk County Council has launched a new Social Care Academy to recruit and retain social workers and encourage former social workers back to the profession, in order to address the staff shortage.

In an interview with the BBC, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has suggested that the UK will begin formal negotiations to leave the EU in early 2017.

Malcolm Harrison has been appointed chief executive of Crown Commercial Service (CCS), effective from 1 November 2016.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has called for more control over taxes and public services, akin to those given to the mayors of Chicago and New York.

The UK government has invited Derry City & Strabane Council to put forward proposals to sustain the Londonderry to London air route, following the recent announcement by Ryanair that it would stop serving the route and the end of March 2017.

Citizens Advice Cymru has raised concerns over councils using bailiffs to quicken the collection of council debts.

Belfast City Council has unveiled plans to transform three of its leisure centre with a £60 million cash injection.

The control of education services in Slough is set to be returned to the powers of the council, after the Department for Education ordered that the children centres be run by Cambridge Education.

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee has asked for evidence on the future use and development of driverless vehicles after launching an inquiry into the sector.

Former Chancellor George Osborne is set to a chair a new think tank aimed at progressing the Northern Powerhouse plan.

Former European Council president Herman Van Rompuy has warned that substantive Brexit talks are unlikely to start before the end of 2017.

Cornwall Council has rejected proposals to change constituency boundaries and join with Devon, claiming the plans are ‘inequitable and unlawful’.

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has said that the HS2 rail link needs a ‘realistic timetable’ if the new link is to be a success.

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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.