Councils face lawsuits over lockdown education access

The government must ensure pupils from poor backgrounds have internet connections during the coronavirus lockdown or face legal action.

No exercise for quarter of people at home

University College London has revealed that one in four people say they have had no exercise or even gentle physical activity in the past day.

New digital mental health help in Manchester

A new response on mental health has been launched to complement work already happening at a local level in Greater Manchester.

Pre-school childcare scheme for critical workers in Wales

The Welsh Government is launching a coronavirus childcare assistance scheme to support Wales’ critical workers.

Free school meal vouchers to continue over Easter

The government has announced that the free school voucher scheme will be extended in England over the two-week Easter holiday.

Community pharmacies lack capacity to deliver medicines

Local pharmacies do not have the capacity to deliver vital medicines to hundreds of ‘at risk’ people in rural areas.

NHS army of volunteers to start protecting the vulnerable

Hundreds of thousands of NHS Volunteer Responders will be able to report for duty and start helping the NHS in its fight against coronavirus.

Starmer announced as new Labour leader

Sir Keir Starmer has vowed to lead Labour ‘into a new era with confidence and hope’ after being named leader of the party in a ballot.

Most waste services continuing collections undeterred

All but a few councils are still managing providing collection services for domestic residual waste as normal.

Library memberships rise by 600 per cent

Libraries have seen an increase in newly registered users of more than 600 per cent since lockdown measures were introduced.

New powers for councils to hold public meetings remotely

Councils have been handed new powers to hold public meetings virtually by using video or telephone conferencing technology.

£400 million to keep England’s buses running

England’s buses will receive a funding boost totalling £397 million to help them continue serving those who rely on them.