No Indyref2 vote without UK government consent, rules court

Supreme Court President Lord Reed rules that the power to hold a referendum on the Union was “a reserved matter”.

Government’s Elections Bill achieves Royal Assent

The Elections Bill has received Royal Assent, providing voters with greater protection against election fraud.

Civil Service to deliver thousands of new apprenticeships

One in twenty civil servants will be an apprentice by 2025 under new plans that will diversify the pipeline of talent into government.

2.1 million food parcels sent across the UK in past year

The Trussell Trust network provided more than 2.1 million parcels to people facing financial hardship across the country in the space of a year.

No-fault eviction notice served every seven minutes

Shelter says that every seven minutes a private renter in England is handed a Section 21 no-fault eviction notice by their landlord.

Complacency over ‘eye watering’ levels of fraud in Covid scheme

MPs have said that the government was ‘complacent in preventing fraud’ in the 100 per cent taxpayer-guaranteed Bounceback Loan Scheme.

Government launches new public bodies review programme

The Cabinet Office has published guidance which will inform departments how to review their public bodies over the next five years.

Campaigners call for e-scooters to be legalised to improve safety

Voices from a number of sectors have joined forces to call for e-scooters to be legalised across the UK to dramatically improve safety.

Labour calls for emergency cost of living budget

Sir Keir Starmer has said that his party is calling for an emergency budget to bring forward more measures to tackle the cost of living crisis.

Third of adults think mental health has deteriorated

A Nuffield Health survey has indicated that as many as one in three adults believe their mental health has deteriorated over the past year.

Homebuyers to be freed from ground rent bills

Future homebuyers will see their prospective property bills reduce when a ban on charging ground rent on new leases comes into force in June.

Council supply chains responsible for over 43.7m tonnes of CO2

New data has shown that local authority supply chains are responsible for over 10 per cent of UK carbon emissions.

MPs urged to protect constituents from crippling care costs

MPs in Yorkshire, the Midlands and North East have been urged to vote against the government’s social care cap amendment.

Two-fifths ‘struggled with bills in early April’

Two-fifths of families with children at home were already struggling to pay their bills in early April as the cost-of-living crisis deepened.

MPs urge 40 year deadline for asbestos removal

The government should commit to a strategy to remove all asbestos from public and commercial buildings within 40 years, say MPs.


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