Local tracing partnerships helping test turnaround times

The DHSC has said that people taking PCR swab tests are receiving their results faster, thanks to improving turnaround times.

Local opportunities to boost woodland highlighted

Dozens of local authority areas have the potential for doubled, tripled, or even quadrupled woodland cover.

Edinburgh unveils plan for ending poverty by 2030

The City of Edinburgh Council has unveiled a ten-year delivery plan for eradicating poverty in the Scottish Capital by 2030.

Whole of North East in Tier 3 lockdown

The government has revealed the full list of local restriction tiers by area from 2 December 2020.

Climate campaigners question policies in Spending Review

The Chancellor has been accused of undermining the government’s ‘green’ vision by pushing ahead with a heavily funded roads programme.

£3 billion cash increase in NHS spending next year

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a £6.3 billion cash increase in NHS spending in 2021-22, compared to 2020-1.

Sunak promises new National Home Building Fund

The government is introducing a £7.1 billion National Home Building Fund, Chancellor Rishi Sunak revealed in his Spending review speech.

Additional roads funding announced by Chancellor

Delivering his Spending Review, Chancellor Rishi Sunak promised £1.7 billion for local road repairs maintenance and upgrades.

£16.5 million Youth Covid-19 Support Fund announced

An emergency funding package to protect the immediate future of national youth organisations has been announced by the government.

Increased PPE price cost taxpayers £10 billion

The National Audit office has found that price rises for personal protective equipment earlier this year cost taxpayers about £10 billion.

Drone deliveries could connect UK’s rural communities

Drone deliveries and digital mapping for easy-to-access walking and cycling routes could soon be a reality for people living in rural areas.

Increased demand for children’s services after lockdown

Over 630 vulnerable young people a day were being referred to councils’ children’s services in the months after the first lockdown.

Spending Review must prevent local service cutbacks

The Local Government Association has said that securing the immediate sustainability of local services must be the top priority for the Spending Review.

Johnson gives detail of Covid Winter Plan

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has provided further details of the government’s Covid Winter Plan to MPs, setting out post-lockdown rules.

Leisure centres to go under without further rescue funding

Leisure centres closed again due to coronavirus may never re-open unless government brings forward a financial rescue package to save the sector.