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Public Sector Network Newsletter • January 2018
Government sets out further measures to support councils to deliver services

The government has set out funding plans for councils in England so they can continue to deliver the services their residents need while also protecting Council Tax payers from excessive increases in their bills.

Confirming the local government funding arrangements for 2018 to 2019 – the third year of the £200 billion 4-year funding offer accepted by 97% of councils in 2016 - Communities Secretary Sajid Javid announced measures to give local authorities additional freedom to ensure they can protect services for some of their most vulnerable residents.

Local authorities will now see 2 years of real terms increases in resources available to local government, and from 2015 to 2020, councils in England have access to over £200 billion to deliver the high-quality services their local communities need...

Government's vision for a greener future launched - The government has published its 25 Year Environment Plan. A pledge to eliminate avoidable waste, introduce new safeguards for wildlife and connect more children with nature are among the ambitious plans for a greener future outlined by Prime Minister Theresa May and Environment Secretary Michael Gove. In a major speech the Prime Minister has launched the government’s landmark 25 Year Environment Plan, setting out how...

The next steps towards the 5G Future - The positioning of the UK as a world leader in the development and deployment of 5G technology has received another boost as the government sets out the next steps of its ambitious plans. The Government has published an update to its 5G strategy
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Independent Office for Police Conduct launches today - The IOPC is replacing the IPCC’s commission with a Director General, Michael Lockwood, has taking up his role. The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is the reformed police watchdog, previously known as the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). New leadership under a director general will mean speedier decision-making with a new board to ensure greater accountability to the public. This is the latest step in the Home Office’s reforms...

passportBlue UK passport to return after EU exit The cover of the UK passport will be returning to blue after the UK leaves the European Union, After Brexit, the UK travel document will no longer be required to conform to EU standards. So in a move to symbolise our national identity, the cover will be changing from the standard EU burgundy colour to a blue and gold design. The new, unique blue passport will be one of the most secure travel documents in the world, with a raft of new and updated security features and technologies to protect against fraud and forgery...
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