Fresh hope and opportunity for England’s northern towns

Published at a time of ‘seismic’ change for the UK towns, a new report has pointed to a strong, vibrant and successful future for northern towns.

MPs say that council finances are unsustainable without reform

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has stressed that reforms are needed to ensure the sustainability of local government finances.

Second round of school rebuilding programme launched

A further 50 schools are to benefit from new, modern, energy efficient school buildings as part of the Prime Minister’s ten-year rebuilding programme.

Additional £5 million for scrappage scheme in London

Sadiq Khan has announced an additional £5 million for the scrappage scheme that is accelerating the move to cleaner vehicles across London.

£50 million investment in grassroots football pitches

The Prime Minister has announced an additional £50 million in grassroots football pitches, prioritised for left-behind communities.

£3.2 billion for affordable homes in Scotland

Council areas across Scotland are to share more than £3.2 billion in grant funding over five years to deliver more affordable homes.

New hospitality strategy to help pubs, bars and restaurants

The government has released a new strategy to ensure England’s pubs, bars, restaurants and other hospitality venues can thrive long-term.

More clarity needed for councils to help meet net zero

The National Audit Office has stated that the government has not provided local authorities with clarity about their roles in achieving net zero by 2050.

Government announces skills training boost

Further measures to boost the nation’s skills, level up opportunities and get more people into better paid jobs have been announced.

Ambitious air quality strategy for Leeds

Leeds City Council’s proposed new air quality strategy is aiming to tackle emissions from homes, industry and agriculture as well as transport.

Better mental health support for young people

A coalition of health and education experts have committed to making mental health and wellbeing a central part of education recovery plans.

New guidance to improve walking and cycling across Wales

New guidance to help local authorities to plan, design and deliver high quality walking and cycling routes across Wales has been launched.

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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.