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Instant barbecue pioneer creates nationwide BBQ and Campfire Safety Code

Ahead of the BBQ and campfire season, Bar-Be-Quick, the UK’s pioneer of the instant barbecue, has created a nationwide BBQ and Campfire Safety Code to ensure people can enjoy cooking outside safely.

Local Authorities across the country have their own legislation to deter people from using barbecues or campsites in areas of high risk—for

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Government call for a radical shift in Council Strategy

By Claire Agutter

Government Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has called for an urgent rethink of council strategy.

Seen by some of the public sector as a provoking statement, Hunt delivered a bleak explanation of local government and how they manage their resources and funds. Hunt proposes that significant spending cuts should be made on consultants

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LUNAZ UPCYCLED ELECTRIC REFUSE TRUCKS GET GREEN LIGHT TO OPERATE ACROSS LONDON

Lunaz upcycled electric vehicles (UEVs) achieve the highest Direct Vision Standard (DVS) for driver visibility Responds to ongoing demand from London borough councils New tech maximises vision for operators; makes streets safer for pedestrians, cyclists and other road users Lunaz UEVs ready for deployment in the capital and other metropolitan areas Supports long-term plan

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Local Government Recruitment: Addressing Challenges and Proposing Solutions

By Rod McMillan, Marketing Manager, Monster UK

Rod McMillan

As we usher in 2024, local authorities across the UK find themselves at a crucial crossroads in the continually evolving employment arena. A Local Government Association survey reported last year that over nine out of ten councils were experiencing recruitment difficulties in at least one

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Tough times for councils mean shared services must be the way forward

The stark economic challenges being faced by the UK public sector and local councils especially have been impossible to ignore recently. The sheer scale of the issue is becoming clearer over time with the Special Interest Group of Municipal Authorities (SIGOMA) indicating

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AVC Wise Secures Place on UK’s First Salary Sacrifice AVC Framework

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Additional Voluntary Contribution (AVC) service provider, AVC Wise Ltd. (AVC Wise), has been awarded a place on the UK’s first and only Salary Sacrifice AVC Framework, and as the only approved supplier on the framework.

Portsmouth City Council has launched the new framework meaning other public sector organisations can seamlessly enter

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UK’s Bakers Launch National Poster Campaign Urging Councils and Waste Management Companies to Address Environmental Impact of Misplaced Grocery Delivery Equipment

Paul Empson

Bakers Basco the industry-leading membership scheme created by Allied Bakeries, Fine Lady Bakeries, Frank Roberts & Sons, Hovis, and Warburtons, is calling upon local authorities and waste management managers to prioritise the environmental consequences of misused grocery delivery equipment. The scheme, which provides and manages an industry-wide bakery equipment solution, aims

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By Futureproofing Outdoor Lighting, Zhaga Promotes a Circular Economy

A circular economy is an economic system that aims to limit the consumption of resources and materials and avoid landfilling waste. At Zhaga, the global lighting-industry consortium with the mission of standardising the interfaces of components of LED luminaires, we call this market framework ‘circularity lighting’.

“Circularity lighting encompasses products and systems that support the

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Project using tech and AI to track litter on Glasgow and Cardiff roads suggests new approach needed by authorities

Study reveals focusing litter interventions on hotspots at junctions, slip roads and roundabouts by combining bins and signage could save time and money Hubbub calls for a more joined-up approach to tackling litter nationwide

Litter surveys on the roads surrounding Cardiff and Glasgow today reveal ground-breaking insights that could help local authorities and agencies

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Empowering Haringey: Matrix Partnership Eases Unemployment and Bolsters Temporary Staffing

How Matrix and Haringey Works continue to satisfy the London Borough’s temporary staffing resource needs, while relieving the burden of local unemployment.

The challenge

The standard and reach of the services local authorities provide to their citizens is heavily dependent on the quality and availability of their workforce. Like many councils across the UK, Haringey

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SHIMPAC® Systems: How can Local Authorities protect their budgets?

Local Authorities are facing greater cuts in their budget allocations, cuts that are amongst the largest in living memory. In one case, one county council has been asked to find £70 MILLION of budget savings.

As a result, products, services, and solutions that are budget friendly are more important than ever. However, it’s not only

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Schools share £18.6m decarbonisation makeover in Fusion21-backed government pilot

Seven UK schools have been selected to take part in an £18.6 million innovative Decarbonisation Pilot, led by the Department for Education (DfE).

The pilot will see schools benefit from new low carbon heating solutions, as well as improvements to the buildings fabric to make the school more thermal efficient, all procured through Fusion21 frameworks.

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How leasing can support local authorities’ push for a greener future

Caroline Davis

By Caroline Davis, Head of Public Sector Leasing at Triple Point

We know the green transition must involve local authorities if the UK is to meet its net zero commitments. That 78% of local authorities in England declared a climate emergency, and many local authorities have already made their own commitments

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HUGGG LAUNCHES NEW INITIATIVES TO SUPPORT HSF PAYMENTS

Following the announcement that the Household Support Fund has been extended again, Huggg, the specialist platform which allows organisations to send and manage retail vouchers at scale to those in need, has launched a number of new initiatives. These are designed to help local authorities and their Third Party partner organisations (TPOs) get these vital

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Four local authorities receive funds to boost recycling on-the-go near waterways

In The Loop

Areas surrounding waterways in Bury, Derby, Adur & Worthing and Bristol will soon be adorned with colourful and eye-catching bins to help residents and visitors recycle when out and about. The news comes as environmental charity Hubbub and Coca-Cola announce the winners of the In The Loop grant fund that

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Vodafone: Helping local government make the most of the digital future

By Claire Harris – Head of regional business Vodafone UK

When is your next bus due? How full are your local litter bins? How clean is the air where you live? How many parking spaces are available in this part of town right now? If a council can measure something, it can improve it with

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In The Loop: New funding available to boost recycling on-the-go

Environmental charity Hubbub and McDonald’s have launched a new #InTheLoop grant fund to help local authorities and other interested organisations boost out-of-home recycling in public spaces.

The #InTheLoop fund will support two new projects to introduce or improve their recycling infrastructure using the #InTheLoop toolkit. This in-depth guide on how to roll out a successful

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Camden trials care tech device to help residents return home from hospital sooner  

Oysta Pearl+ allows patients to return home an average of three days faster

Camden Council, in partnership with Oysta, has successfully piloted a care tech device to allow residents to return from hospital sooner and be fully supported to recover at home.

So far, the Oysta care device has supported over 200 residents

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With agency worker placements increasing in London borough councils, Mark Porter, Head of HR Operations at OneSource explains how the right recruitment technology can help to identify and consequently reduce that trend

Mark Porter

We’ve all needed agency workers in the past to fill recruitment gaps or cover peaks in workload, I acknowledge that there will always be a need for temporary workers in some respect however, there is fine line between this and an overreliance. It’s no secret that the public sector faces high

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Bristow & Sutor win industry award for Webio partnership

Bristow & Sutor win industry award for Webio partnership – photo by Tangerine Photography.

The Midlands-based enforcement specialist was nominated for three categories at the Credit & Collections Technology Awards, held at the Midland Hotel in Manchester on Thursday 4th November. Alongside technology partners Webio, Bristow & Sutor were victorious in the Digital

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