DfE unprepared for challenges of pandemic

MPs have claimed that the Department for Education had ‘no plan’ and was ‘unprepared’ for the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

Care leavers offered unsafe and unsuitable accommodation

New research has uncovered the extent of unsafe accommodation offered to vulnerable young people when they leave care.

Councils urged to allow Parkrun events to resume

Robert Jenrick and Oliver Dowden have written to councils across England urging for weekly Parkrun events to resume.

£300 million investment to improve EV readiness

Ofgem has announced a £300 million investment for over 200 low carbon projects to get Britain ready for more electric transport and heat.

New pilots launched to further support people to self-isolate

The government is to launch nine pilots to test new ways to help ensure people stick to self-isolation rules in areas with higher prevalence of infection.

Metro mayors demand more power over climate change

The UK will struggle to reach its climate change targets unless more power and money is put into local hands, say metro mayors.

Road funding drop could pay for 9.5m pothole repairs

Councils could repair more than 9.5 million extra potholes with the funding lost from local road maintenance budgets this year.

Mandatory voter ID will cost £40m over a decade

Labour has said that plans for voters to show photo ID before in future elections will cost around £40 million in extra government spending over a decade.

Councils given £50,000 each to develop new design codes

Housing Minister Christopher Pincher has announced that a new national design code is being tested across 14 areas in England.

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The single-use carrier bag charge has increased from 5p to 10p and been extended to all businesses in England.

Inefficiencies in provision of grants in local government highlighted

A new report has warned that councils, businesses and communities could be losing out on vital financial support from central government.

Everyone with symptoms now eligible for coronavirus tests

The government has said that anyone with symptoms of coronavirus is now eligible to book a test, ahead of the rollout of the test and trace service.

Hub to cut back government spending on external staff

The new Government Consulting Hub has been launched to boost internal expertise across government, saving the taxpayer money.

Rise in child poverty shows levelling up challenge

The End Child Poverty Coalition has revealed that, even before the pandemic, the majority of children are growing up in poverty in some parts of the UK.

New powers over local government audit

Further measures have been announced to help ensure taxpayers get value for money by improving the transparency of local government audit.

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