Better data needed to help councils combat coronavirus

Labour is calling on the government to release more information to local authorities to help contain local spread of coronavirus in future.

Majority of elderly planning applications are speculative

A new report from the ARCO and consultancy Carterwood has called for planning system to be reformed to reduce waste and inefficiency.

Government must act to stop £158m in bailiff fees

The government needs to act to prevent council tax loading £158 million in bailiff and court fees on to people who can’t pay following the pandemic.

Experiences of children must shape recovery planning

The Association of Directors of Children’s Services has published a new paper on the impacts of coronavirus on children and their families.

West Midlands to trial e-scooters from end of the summer

TfWM and Birmingham City Council are leading on the development of e-scooter rental trial in the West Midlands.

Expand free school meals to address child food insecurity

The Children’s Right2Food Campaign is calling on the government to address child food insecurity by expanding free school meals.

Children reading more during lockdown, report shows

A new report by the National Literacy Trust shows that children are reading more and enjoying reading more during lockdown than before.

Health professionals needed to support vulnerable children

Barnardo’s has said that it needs the help of health professionals to help stop vulnerable young people missing out on vital support.

Latest Test and Trace statistics published

Statistics covering 25 June to 1 July of the NHS Test and Trace service have been published by the Department of Health and Social Care.

Survey highlights worrying isolation of dementia patients

Research has shown that eight in 10 people living alone with dementia have seen no family or friends since March.

New long-term plan to tackle flooding revealed

Homes and businesses will become more resilient after the government revealed its long-term plan to tackle the risks of flooding.

Life science investment needs regional parity

New IPPR analysis has found that regions in the north of England receive less than half the life science investment made in the south.