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.

Nearly a million universal credit claims in past fortnight

As the coronavirus pandemic has worsened, nearly a million people have applied for universal credit benefits in the past fortnight.

Councils warn over ‘wave of waste’

Concerns over spiralling household waste have prompted councils to issue a plea to residents to minimise the rubbish they throw away.

10 year Public Sector Geospatial Agreement signed

The Geospatial Commission has announced that it is increasing the location data available to the public sector across England and Wales.

Biggest changes to building safety ‘in a generation’

Robert Jenrick has announced steps to further reform the building safety system to ensure residents are safe in their homes.

Collaboration launched to support cultural organisations

The LGA is collaborating with Arts Council England to help support cultural organisations to deal with the current coronavirus situation.

Review launched to make Bristol autism-friendly

Bristol City Council has commissioned a non-statutory review of services to help Bristol become a more autism-friendly city.

Newcastle provides minibus to get bin crews working

Newcastle has provided minibuses for bin crews to be transported to their collection rounds so that social distancing guidelines can be met.

Councils given emergency powers to support NHS

Councils are being given new powers to support the NHS and increase hospital capacity as Wales responds to the coronavirus pandemic.

COP26 climate conference postponed until 2021

The COP26 UN climate change conference set to take place in Glasgow in November has been postponed due to coronavirus.

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