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Why the Covid backlog mustn’t slow down councils’ response to the climate emergency

Stephen Stead

By Stephen Stead, director of strategy and digital services at SSE Enterprise’s distributed energy business

COUNCIL officials have shown incredible leadership during the coronavirus pandemic – from supporting vulnerable citizens through to maintaining essential services, local authority workers have been at the forefront, ensuring the wheels of local government keep turning.

Now,

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Post-lockdown recruitment gets green light at Bristow & Sutor

Bristow & Sutor, one of the UK’s leading local authority debt recovery specialists, is resuming recruitment and hiring for Enforcement Agents (EAs), Collection Officers and several ad hoc roles within the business. Collections and enforcement agencies have been on the front-line of businesses affected by social distancing measures, but with Government legislation allowing visits to

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Zhaga standards break barriers to smart and connected lighting

The Zhaga interface standard for street lighting future-proves luminaires to keep pace with rapid developments in digital technology. It enables a multi-vendor eco-system of interoperable luminaires and sensor/communication modules and breaks existing barriers to smart and connected lighting.

The Zhaga smart interface specifications will have a major impact on the value of the lighting

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Get ready for the relaxation of lockdown restrictions with Tillr’s Post-Lockdown Recovery Toolkit

Tillr’s director, Paul Romer-Ormiston

Reporter: Stacy Clarke – Sponsored

It is acutely ironic that 2020, a number associated with complete clarity of vision, is a year of unmatched confusion when it comes to looking into the future. Given the unprecedented nature and scope of the restrictions imposed in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, nobody

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A national energy data platform, YODA

Reporter: Stacy Clarke – News

If you are an energy app developer or energy innovator; a local authority energy manager or an electric vehicle (EV) charging provider; a grid or micro-grid operator; an academic or one of the many other energy-interested individuals or organisations, Siemens would like to hear from you. You can have your

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Statkraft selected on UK Re:fit Energy Performance Contract framework

Reporter: Allan Roach – News

Statkraft, Europe’s largest producer and a developer of renewable power, has pre-qualified as new supplier for the Re:fit Energy Performance Contract framework. The Norwegian state-owned energy company can now provide public organisations in the UK with fully funded behind the meter solar solutions. Re:fit is jointly owned by the Greater

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Covid fighting UK innovation gains export success

ProGuard+ arriving in Spain

Reporter: Allan Roach – Sponsored

Evolve Scientific Products (ESP) based in Chesterfield has announced an international order for its ProGuard+ multi-surface cleaner. A surface cleaner that provides long-lasting effective protection against the Covid-19 virus that could make moving towards an end of lockdown safer and securer for everybody, particularly those

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Knowsley Council announces extra funding to support under pressure Adult Social Care system

Reporter: Stuart Littleford – News

As a result of the increasing pressures being placed on the Adult Social Care system as a result of COVID-19, Knowsley Council has allocated funding and agreed system changes to enhance its support for care providers across the Borough.

These enhancements recognise the increasing demand on services, higher than usual

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Innovative Covid-19 service tackles the pathogen and the fear

Reporter: Stacy Clarke – Advertorial

A leading emergency soft FM specialist has launched a disinfection and testing service that aims to deliver industry-leading Covid-19 protection and help employers reduce the anxiety of staff and clients as workplaces reopen after lockdown.

The three-step process, developed by SafeGroup Services Ltd, involves a premises deep clean and a

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allpay’s Prepaid Cards to Help Disburse Emergency Funds for Those Affected by COVID-19

Emergency prepaid card

Reporter: Stacy Clarke

allpay, a leading UK payment specialist, has announced a prepaid card programme has been made available to help disburse emergency funds to those affected by COVID-19. Emergency Government funds have been made available to help those in most need, and allpay’s prepaid cards can now enable those funds

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Parks in a Pandemic

Jim Roberts, Director at Fourth Street, reacts to the recent controversy over the use of public parks during the Covid-19 crisis

Our public parks were both a blessing and a battleground on the first sunny weekend of spring this year.

People flocked to their nearest park for some much-needed respite from weeks of tough,

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Teesside University partners with Tees Valley Combined Authority to unveil COVID-19 business support package

Teesside University

A practical support package to help businesses through the coronavirus emergency has been put together by Teesside University.

Along with other agencies, the University is working with the Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority to ensure a coordinated approach, helping the region’s businesses to stay resilient and to be ready to

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BASW calls on the Prime Minister to provide essential PPE and guidance for social workers and include as priority group for testing

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

BASW Chair and CEO issue letter to Prime Minister to support social workers

Social workers are on the front line of efforts to minimise the impact of Covid-19 across the four countries of the UK and undertake a range of statutory duties, including protecting vulnerable children and adults, supporting disabled adults and

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