Public sector pay freeze could save up to £23bn by 2023

The Centre for Policy Studies has claimed that freezing public sector pay for the next three years could save a cumulative £23 billion.

Local authorities urged to stock-up on salt and grit

Baroness Vere has called upon local authorities to ensure key transport routes to coronavirus test centres are kept open and running smoothly this winter.

Voting age lowered to 16 for local gov in Wales

A bill to reform local government elections, democracy, performance and governance has been passed in the Senedd.

Coronavirus risks setting people in mid-life on a path to poverty

The Centre for Ageing Better has reported that coronavirus risks setting people in mid-life on a path to poverty and ill-health in old age.

£400bn additional infrastructure spend needed to meet Net Zero

£400 billion of investment is required in green infrastructure over the next decade if the UK is to meet its ambitious Net Zero target.

'Come clean’ over coronavirus deals, says watchdog

The government has not been transparent about suppliers and services when it scrambled to award £18 billion worth of coronavirus contracts.

Johnson reveals Ten Point Plan for green jobs

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has outlined his Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution for 250,000 jobs.

BMA launches ‘blueprint for leaving lockdown’

The British Medical Association has warned that lifting lockdown without new measures in place risks deepening the crisis in our health service.

Year-long e-scooter rental trial set for London

TfL and London Councils have launched a competition to select up to three operators for a twelve-month trial of rental e-scooters.

Give communities more power through devolution, report urges

Localis has said that ministers must give communities the power and resources they need to build back a better society.

Tier system may need strengthening, says adviser

The government could look at what ‘tiers there may be in the future’ when the current national lockdown ends on 2 December.

Welsh Government publishes draft Transport Strategy

The Welsh Government has published its new draft transport strategy pledging a major reduction in carbon emissions from the transport network.

Decarbonise homes in the north to ‘level up’

IPPR North says there is huge potential for economic stimulus provided by a programme of housing decarbonisation in the north of England.

Government ‘seriously off track’ to meet climate objectives

Labour has warned that the latest official figures from BEIS reveal that the UK is seriously behind in its performance to meet its own carbon budgets.

Social landlords required to report on residents’ satisfaction

Robert Jenrick has revealed the government’s social housing white paper, making landlords more accountable for the services they deliver.

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