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Blackpool bids for £25m Future High Streets Fund

13.07.20: Blackpool Council has bid for up to £25m of the Government’s £1bn Future High Streets Fund, to support the next phase of its Town Centre Regeneration Strategy. The town is one of 100 that has been shortlisted to use the Fu... more >

District council gets green light to build first zero carbon affordable homes

13.07.20:  Somerset West and Taunton Council (SWT) has the green light to build the first zero carbon affordable homes in the district. Plans to build up to 50 zero carbon homes over across a number of sites have had funding approved, with onsit... more >

£705m investment into infrastructure, jobs and tech at GB-EU border

13.07.20: The UK Government announced a £705m investment package yesterday (July 12) to fund infrastructure, jobs and technology at the GB-EU border. Included in the package is up to £470m to build the port and inland infrastructure to su... more >

Ep. 21 - Isle of Wight fighting Covid-19 with the digital edge - Dave Stewart

10.07.20: This week, Leader of Isle of Wight Council, Dave Stewart, Joined host Emily Rodgers on the Public Sector Voices podcast. The Island has received national attention throughout the coronavirus crisis for piloting the Government’s controversi... more >

Knowsley Council agrees proposals for 360 new garden village homes

10.07.20: Knowsley Council’s Planning Committee has approved a multi million pound proposal (July 10) to build up to 360 new family homes in Whiston. The development at Halsnead Garden Village is a major project for Knowsley and the wider Liver... more >

Funding boost for drones to deliver Covid-19 testing kits and other solutions

10.07.20: Three new projects have been unveiled today (July 10) by Science Minister Amanda Solloway, to receive funding for technologies and services that will support the NHS’ response to coronavirus. The UK Space Agency and European Space Age... more >

Islington Council set to take back management of 4,000 council homes

10.07.20: Islington Council is set to take on housing repairs and maintenance for more than 4,000 council homes following month-long public consultation. The council announced yesterday (July 9) that one of its two Private Finance Initiative (PFI) co... more >

Council proposes £8.1m scheme for hundreds more SEND school places

09.07.20: Leicester City Council has proposed an £8.1m programme (July 9) to create new school places and provisions for children with additional education needs. Three special education schools in the city would be extended to offer extra faci... more >

Kent County Council to provide 2,000 videophones to vulnerable residents

09.07.20: Kent County Council is rolling out around 2,000 videophone systems to help elderly or vulnerable residents to access digital support and solutions. It comes in the form of a £1.5m contract and will connect digitally disadvantaged resi... more >

LGA: Economic Update leaves ‘unfinished business’ with councils

09.07.20: The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak delivered his Summer Economic Update yesterday (July 8) outlining a multi billion pound commitment to creating green jobs and supporting employment among young people. Since the announcement, whi... more >

Rishi Sunak announces multi billion pound Plan for Jobs

08.07.20: The Chancellor of the Exchequer has today (July 8) delivered his Summer Economic Update with a package of measures designed to support jobs and boost the UK economy. It forms the second part of a three-phase plan, with emphasis firmly place... more >

New £1m project to prepare UK motorways for self-driving vehicles

08.07.20: A new partnership between Loughborough University and Highways England will aim to prepare the UK’s motorways for self-driving vehicles. The new £1m project will look into accommodating connected and autonomous vehicles (CA... more >

GMCA begins procurement process for £7m Skills for Growth programme

08.07.20: Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has begun the procurement process for a £7m contract to support its Skills for Growth programme. The contract is specifically seeking a number of elements including collaboration with SMEs... more >

WMCA plans to retrofit 50,000 homes

07.07.20: The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has announced plans (July 6) to retrofit 50,000 homes across the region to tackle fuel poverty. If the WMCA’s £3.2bn blueprint submitted to Government is accepted, £50m has been... more >

West Midlands partnership launched to reduce road injuries by 40%

07.07.20: A partnership between Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), local councils and the emergency services aims to cut the number of injuries on roads by 40%. The West Midlands Regional Road Safety Strategi... more >

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