Baroness Heather Hallett named Covid-19 Inquiry chair

Boris Johnson has appointed the Rt Hon Baroness Heather Hallett DBE as chair of the forthcoming public inquiry into the Covid-19 pandemic.

New homes to produce a third less carbon

New homes and buildings will have to produce significantly less CO2 under new rules to help the country move towards net zero.

Half of UK families £110 worse off a year

The top five per cent of families have gotten richer by £3,300 a year, while the poorest 50 per cent have had their incomes squeezed by £110.

Changes to the plug-in grant scheme

The grant scheme for zero-emission vehicles has been updated to target less expensive models, allowing funding to go further.

Government must invest in comprehensive mental health support

The Centre for Mental Health has said that the mental health of young people has been underfunded for too long, leaving a postcode lottery of support.

One in five children in need of a new home

Nearly two millions children in England are living in overcrowded, unaffordable or unsuitable homes, according to the National Housing Federation.

Councils take historic next step in merger plans

Warwick District Council has agreed to formally submit a request for a full political merger with Stratford-on-Avon District Council.

Framework to support council’s net zero renovations

UKGBC has published a framework to support cities and local authorities to measure the impacts and wider benefits of building retrofit.

Government election reform proposals ‘lack transparency’

MPs have said that the government’s case for mandating the presentation of photo ID at polling stations has ‘simply not been good enough’.

Councils call for extension of outbreak funding

Councils will need an extension to the Covid-19 outbreak funding to tackle rising Omicron cases and meet a surge in demand for local contact tracing.

A new national plan is needed to tackle inactivity

The Committee on a National Plan for Sport and Recreation has called for the government to establish a national plan for sport, health and well-being.

New support package to protect care sector this winter

New measures have been announced to help protect the social care sector, including £300 million to help recruit and reward the workforce.

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