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Public Sector Network Newsletter • August 2017
Funding boost for local authorities to transform local communities

The government has launched a £54 million package to transform local communities and release land for thousands of new homes.

The package comes as part of a new cross-government partnership to make smarter use of government-owned property.

DCLG’s £45 million ‘Land Release Fund’, launched in partnership with the Cabinet Office and Local Government Association’s One Public Estate programme, will ensure local councils release some of their unused or surplus land for housing. This will help to meet the ambition to unlock enough council-owned land for at least 160,000 homes by 2020.

Councils can now bid for funding for land remediation and small-scale infrastructure, which will help bring sites forward for housing that would not have otherwise been developed...

Essex PCC to take on responsibility of local fire and rescue service - First PCC to take on governance of a fire and rescue service. Essex Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Roger Hirst’s proposal to take on responsibility for Essex Fire and Rescue service has been approved by the Home Secretary, it was announced marking an important step in the government’s drive to...

Are you a current Functional Skills maths teacher? - Take part in our online research study. Ofqual is looking to recruit current Functional Skills maths teachers to take part in an online research study. Participants will be asked to compare the likely difficulty of multiple pairs of maths questions – in terms of which question in each pair is likely to be most difficult for a Functional...
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Local Authority workshops announced - Half day workshops to support compliance with the surveillance camera code of practice. The Surveillance Camera Commissioner is delighted to announce that a series of half day workshops on compliance with the surveillance camera code of practice will be held this autumn in a number of locations across England and Wales. These free workshops are targeted at Local Authorities and we invite CCTV managers and their managers, compliance officers, data protection officers, community safety managers and officers to register for one of these...

DVLACome and work at DVLA - What will a career in DVLA offer you? Flexible working hours, great on-site facilities and fantastic opportunities to develop your career are just some of the benefits you can expect. As an executive agency of the Department for Transport, DVLA’s role is to ensure that the right drivers and vehicles are taxed and on UK roads as safely and simply as possible. By joining DVLA you can help make a positive ...
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