Hunger rates above national average in one in six authorities

In one out of every six local authorities, rates of hunger are more than 150 per cent the national average, according to new research.

Waste crime costs England nearly a billion pounds a year

A new report has found that the total annual cost of waste-related crime in England has risen by 53 per cent in just three years.

New government agreement to support leaseholders

The government has said that leaseholders in blocks of flats with cladding should be supported to buy, sell or re-mortgage their homes.

Government should review role of certain PDRs

The government should conduct a review of the role of such permitted development rights in the wider planning system, say MPs.

Public urged to continue protecting family and friends

The government has launched a new campaign to remind public of importance of continuing healthy behaviours to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Next steps for new unitary councils in three regions

Plans for new unitary councils in Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Somerset have taken an important step forward following the Communities Secretary’s approval.

Levelling up risks becoming an ‘everything and nothing policy’

MPs have said that a lack of clarity over ‘levelling up’ risks relegating the government’s flagship agenda to an ‘everything and nothing policy’.

Labour launches ‘Safer Communities’ campaign

Keir Starmer has launched Labour’s Safer Communities campaign with a pledge to crack down on anti-social behaviour.

‘Golden opportunity’ to rethink the role of councils

There is a ‘golden opportunity’ to lead the levelling up agenda and fundamentally ‘rethink’ the role councils play in the wake of the pandemic.  

SMC calls for children to be put centre stage

The Social Mobility Commission has called for a shake-up of child welfare benefits and significant investment in education.

Oxford City Council to develop EV strategy for Oxford

Oxford City Council’s cabinet will be asked to approve the commissioning of an electric vehicle strategy for the city.

Clean Air Zone in Newcastle possible for next summer

A planned Clean Air Zone to cut harmful traffic emissions and improve air quality in Newcastle could be put in place next summer.

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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.