£300m for local government test and trace service

Local authorities will be central to supporting the new test and trace service, with the government providing £300 million.

New cultural taskforce risks losing local voice

The LGA has warned that excluding councils from the newly created Cultural Renewal Taskforce removes the local voice on cultural renewal.

Councils unlikely to cope with rise in homelessness

Councils are unlikely to cope with rise in homelessness if the government lifts the eviction ban without protecting renters.

Social workers to work with teachers in schools

Gavin Williamson has announced that social workers will be placed in schools to work with teachers to support children at risk.

18 local authorities secure funding for e-cargo bikes

Eighteen local authorities in England have secured funding from the Department for Transport's £2m eCargo Bike Grant Fund.

Government risks squandering homelessness efforts

Successful efforts to tackle rough sleeping during the coronavirus outbreak risk being squandered by the government, says committee of MPs.

Lower budgets and higher demand could hit children's services

A rise in vulnerable children needing support due to the lockdown is likely, but councils could struggle to meet surge in demand.

Economic fallout could hit Red Wall areas hardest

‘Red Wall’ communities are most vulnerable to permanent economic scarring as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Government fund for cladding remediation work not enough

The government’s £1 billion Building Safety Fund will not be enough to make high rise and high risk buildings safe from fire.

Trusts have gone ‘to great lengths’ to support care homes

A new report shows how trusts have gone to great lengths to support care homes through the coronavirus pandemic.

Over two million behind on council tax bills

The government should change ‘ineffective’ regulations on how councils collect council tax arrears to protect households during coronavirus.

Cultural Renewal Taskforce announced

A new taskforce has been created aimed at helping getting the country’s recreation and leisure sector up and running again.

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