A million children under restrictions to lose free school meals

Nearly a million children living in areas that are subject to coronavirus restrictions are set to lose access to free school meals over the holidays.

New funding and guidance for supported housing

Housing Minister Kelly Tolhurst has announced new funding for supported housing pilots in priority areas.

Government extends cap on energy bills

An extension to the Energy Price Cap is set to help 11 million households from being overcharged on their energy bills.

Mark Drakeford announces ‘firebreak’ lockdown in Wales

Mark Drakeford has announced that Wales will go into a national ‘firebreak’ lockdown from 23 October until 9 November.

Warning issued over public sector food supply

The supply of food to care homes, schools, hospitals and prisons is at risk unless the government steps in to support struggling wholesalers.

Labour calls for holiday free school meals until Spring

Labour has called on the government to extend the provision of free school meals until the Spring – or face a Commons vote on the issue.

Manchester City Council to take control of city centre car parks

Manchester City Council is set to take direct control of 13 off-street city centre car parks from 1 January 2021.

‘Fragile' care sector needs immediate reform

The CQC has warned that an under pressure social care sector is ‘fragile’ heading into a second wave of coronavirus infections.

2025 broadband target unlikely for rural locations

The 2025 target for faster gigabit coverage nationwide will be particularly difficult to achieve for the hardest to reach premises.

Cyber security delays at local level, despite rising risk

Reform has claimed that the next cyber security strategy must play a more active role in enforcing standards across the country.

Ditch Serco and let councils run contact tracing

Labour is urging the government to ditch Serco and let councils and local public health teams run contact tracing.

LGA calls for restoration of £1.7bn early intervention funding

Cuts to early intervention funding in the past decade must be urgently reversed as councils prepare for a surge in demand for support for young people.

New report warns of supersize council dangers

A new report has warned that moves to create supersize councils would result in local government ‘ceasing to exist’.

Leeds’ Clean Air Zone no longer required

Leeds’ planned Clean Air Zone is no longer required thanks to businesses switching to cleaner vehicles faster than expected.

Child poverty has risen in the Midlands and North

End Child Poverty coalition says that child poverty has risen most sharply in parts of the Midlands and Northern towns and cities.