Report explores digital leadership in local government

The LGiU has found that local councillors are not ‘digital dinosaurs’ as it investigates digital technology, governance and leadership in local authorities.

Greens call for younger voting age

Setting out the start of their General Election campaign, the Green Party have called for new legislation to allow 16 and 17-year-olds to vote on 8

Over 200,000 homes in England lying empty

Figures have revealed that over 200,000 homes in England were empty for at least six months during 2016.

Extremists to be placed in specialist centres

News plans to separate dangerous extremists from the mainstream prison population through the introduction of specialist centres have been announced.

OAS calls on local gov to improve school meals

Obesity Action Scotland (OAS) has called on local government election candidates to commit to transform school meals in Scotland to create a healthy eating culture.

Christchurch council merger deferred following general election

Christchurch council has announced it has decided to delay any referendum on local government reorganisation following the announcement of a General Election to be held on 8 June 2017.

MPs approve snap election

MPs have backed Prime Minister Theresa May's call for a snap election, meaning the poll is set to go ahead on 8 June after.

Housing pressures contribute to rising mental ill-health

A new survey by Shelter has revealed that millions of people in England are suffering mentally because of housing problems.

Half of UK firms hit by cyber breach, DCMS figures show

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has urged companies to protect themselves against cyber crime after statistics have found nearly half of all UK businesses suffered a cyber breach or attack in the past 12 months.

May announces snap general election

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to calls a snap general election on 8 June.

93 per cent of combined authority positions filled by men

A report from the Electoral Reform Society has warned that 93 per cent of senior positions in the new combined authorities will be appointed to white men.

Ban on councils charging for fun runs proposed

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is considering new proposals to ban councils in England from charging people to take part in weekend fun runs.

Councils call for input over new grammar school locations

The LGA has said that councils must have control over where new selective schools are introduced.

Plastic bottle waste out of control in London

The London Assembly Environment Committee has reported that the amount of waste from single-use plastic bottles in London has risen out of control.

6.8m Lincolnshire coastal flood prevention scheme gets underway

The Environment Agency’s annual scheme to replenish beaches in Lincolnshire is set to begin.

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Event Diary

The first FLOODEX was a huge success with many exhibitors already committed to exhibiting again in 2017.

World of Learning will feature even more opportunities to discover the latest in learning and development (L&D) with over 100 exhibitors, The Technology Test Drive, Learning Design Live, live workshops, one-to-one consultations, free seminars and its renowned annual conference.