Bidding process opens for Freeports applications

The bidding process to establish new, innovative Freeports that will 'turbo-charge post-Brexit trade' have now opened.

Pilot for care home family members to get regular testing

Named family and friends may soon be able to regularly visit loved ones in care homes as a new testing pilot is launched.

Digital inclusion is key to tackling health inequalities

A project trialling digital technology with disadvantaged communities has found that tackling the ‘digital divide’ is crucial to reducing health inequalities.

A million young people could be missing full-time education

More than a million young people in England could be missing formal full-time education, fuelled by significant gaps in education legislation.

Londoners feel climate change is a significant threat

London Councils has revealed that seven out of ten Londoners agree that tackling climate change is a priority for the capital.

Greater protections announced for England’s iconic landscapes

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs has announced greater protections for iconic landscapes and the creation of new national parks.

Labour seeks legislation against anti-vax content

Labour has called for legislation that would include financial and criminal penalties for companies that fail to act to ‘stamp out dangerous anti-vaccine content’.

Post-coronavirus boom in social housing needed

A post-pandemic building boom of 100,000 new social homes for rent each year would not only meet demand for affordable homes but also boost the economy.

Local gov must be able to lead with NHS on vaccination drive

The LGA says that councils should be able to act shoulder-to-shoulder with the NHS in the distribution of a coronavirus vaccine.

£2.2bn to see businesses through national restrictions

Small businesses will receive a significant £2.2 billion from the government to help them through the current period of national restrictions.

One in six councils have on-street EV charge points

The AA has found that just one in six English councils have installed on-street charge points in residential areas.

Majority of care workers earn below 'real' living wage

Almost three-quarters  of frontline care workers in England are earning below the ‘real’ living wage.

Taskforce to support drive for two million green jobs by 2030

The government has launched a new Green Jobs Taskforce to support plans to build back greener and reach net zero emissions by 2050.

More than 19,000 jobs created by Kickstart Scheme

Over 19,000 job placements for unemployed young people have so far been created under the government’s £2 billion Kickstart Scheme.

More than two million reached by NHS Test and Trace

Two million people have now been reached by the service, including those who tested positive and their contacts.