Universities to drive up standards in local schools

Universities will be required to improve outcomes for disadvantaged children by driving up education standards in schools in the local community.

Spending in care not enough to support everyone

Social care-providing authorities are now spending more than 60 per cent of their outgoings on essential services.

Fourteen ‘brownfield’ sites have been identified for nearly 3,000 new homes in the Liverpool City Region.

Councils may be forced to take child asylum seekers

Councils are to be forced to care for some of the unaccompanied asylum seeker children who have arrived via the English Channel in small boats.

All social homes required to have smoke alarms fitted

People living in social housing will be safer in their homes under new rules that will mean smoke alarms must be fitted in all rented accommodation.

5,000 homes approved to be built in flood zones

More than 5,000 new homes in flood-risk areas of England have been granted planning permission so far this year.

Councils funded as part of Digital Pathfinders Programme

The Local Government Association has announced the nine successful councils in its new Digital Pathfinders Programme.

UK’s EV revolution continues with new laws announced

New homes and buildings, as well as those undergoing major renovation, will be required to install electric vehicle charge points from next year.

Number of children in care could reach 100,000 by 2025

The number of vulnerable children being placed in council care could reach almost 100,000 by the middle of the decade.

£7 million to increase accessibility to volunteering

The government has launched a £7 million fund to help people access more volunteering opportunities across a range of sectors.

Plans unveiled to ban single-use plastics

Single-use plastic plates, cutlery, expanded and extruded polystyrene cups and food and beverage containers could all be phased out.

'Highest level of ambition’ needed for devolution

The CCN is urging the government to show the ‘highest level of ambition’ for devolution and levelling up in county and rural areas.

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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.

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