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.

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.

£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.

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.

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.

Scotland’s 50,000 affordable homes target a challenge to meet

There remains a real challenge for the Scottish government and the housing sector to deliver 50,000 affordable homes by March of next year.

National Living Wage rate increases

The National Living Wage will increase to £8.72, giving a pay rise to thousands of workers at the frontline of the UK’s response to coronavirus.

£22bn grants and business rates package for high streets

Thousands of high street companies are beginning to receive £25,000 cash grants and will be exempt from business rates.

Essential bus services need rescue package

Bus services will struggle to survive the coronavirus outbreak without emergency rescue funding, says LGA.

Crack down on false coronavirus information online

The government has announced that specialist units are working at pace to combat false and misleading narratives about coronavirus.

Coronavirus: Additional online mental health support

People struggling with their mental health during the coronavirus outbreak will be offered additional online support.