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In our Government News category, you will find a wide variety of government issues both big and small. 

You can find information on big issues such as global immigration and human rights issues along with Brexit news, negotiations and updates. This section also covers Local governments and their digital transformation along with the popular issues of period poverty and the process of acknowledging this problem.

How and what AID is provided by the UK across the world is another topic covered in detail in this category. Additionally, you can also find regular commentary from legal professionals on changing and adapting laws in the UK. We regularly cover government updates on the implementation of crime legislation and the UK housing landscape.

partnership agreement

The UK has signed its first trade deal with Japan

The UK has signed an economic partnership agreement with Japan, the first major trade deal made as an independent trading nation.

The US Election survey: Which candidate is better for the economy?

As the final Presidential debate happens, the US is fast approaching the final days of the campaign – we are running a US Election survey to find out who you think is better for the economy.
extend free school meals, nutrition

MPs vote down measures to extend free school meals over Christmas

Last night, MPs voted 322 to 261 against measures championed by Marcus Rashford to extend free school meals for vulnerable children on the breadline.
racial prejudice, covid-19

Racial prejudice: Why Asian Americans are still blamed for COVID-19

Racial prejudice, fuelled by poor coping mechanisms and biased social media consumption, has shaped how the public view Asian Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
public sector can integrate

How the public sector can integrate its way out of a crisis

In the first of this three-part series, Simon Dennis, Director, Future Government and AI Evangelist SAS UK, will examine how the public sector can integrate its way out of a crisis situation.
Procurement Services

Bloom Procurement Services deliver £28 million in social value

Bloom Procurement Services has delivered over £28 million in social value activity in just one year, according to a new report.
Taxpayers money

Taxpayers money for police and fire brigade services is wasted on fly-tipping

It has been revealed that taxpayers money is being used to clean up fly-tipping incidents as opposed to being allocated to police and fire brigade services.
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How can government organisations keep websites live in heavy traffic?

Varnish Software explores how government organisations can utilise technology to keep websites live during periods of heavy traffic and why this will be so important both during and post-pandemic.
three tier system, second wave

North versus South: PM Boris Johnson creates “three-tier” system

On 12 October, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a “three-tier” system to override previous COVID-19 measures across England - what does that mean?
national security law, trade

Hong Kong’s national security law: A taste of what is to come for Taiwan

Robert Whittle, Project Assistant at LSE IDEAS, dissects what Hong Kong's national security law means for the future of Taiwan.
future of local government, COVID

The future of local government is radically changing community relationships

Jon Faulkner, Managing Director of Domain7 UK, discusses how the future of local government rests in the hands of communities.
private sector and government, COVID

Post-pandemic: Can the private sector and government work together?

Mary Martin, director at UN Business and Human Security Initiative, LSE IDEAS, explains the necessity of open collaboration between the private sector and government.
human rights defenders, COVID-19

The consequences of a global pandemic on human rights defenders

Nishat spoke to Ed O’Donovan, Head of Protection at Front Line Defenders, to dissect pandemic obstacles faced by human rights defenders - especially Indigenous communities in Brazil.
citizen engagement

Five principles for citizen engagement

Here, Anna Lisa Boni, Secretary General of Eurocities discusses five principles for citizen engagement.
lessons learned from COVID-19

How can local government build on the lessons learned from COVID-19?

Peter Marsden, principal consultant at business change consultancy, Entec Si, discusses how the local government sector can build on the lessons learned from COVID-19.
Social value in the public sector

Social value in the public sector

Adam Crampsie, Managing Director, Bloom Procurement Services directs our attention to social value in the public sector.
Ratana, custody

The shooting of Sgt. Ratana: How could this happen in custody?

Simon Spence, QC at Red Lion Chambers, analyses the custody situation that led to the loss of Sgt. Matiu Ratana on 25 September.
Mobilising the workforce

Re-shaping local gov: Mobilising the workforce and joining up care

David McKinney, Managing Director of Local Government at Servelec, discusses how councils can build on the digital progress they’ve made during COVID-19, and use mobile solutions to move towards true joined-up working.
Transforming government

Digital accessibility: Transforming government

Alison Pritchard, Interim Director General, Government Digital Service comments that digital accessibility is transforming government to meet user needs.
taste-based discrimination

Taste-based discrimination: How does it work?

Open Access Government speaks with Sigrid Suetens, a Professor in the Department of Economics at Tilburg University, about her research monitoring taste-based discrimination in Europe.

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