Spend on ‘communications consultants’ needs clarification

The Labour Party has demanded transparency for the taxpayer over £130 million government spend on ‘communications consultants’.

Councils doubt ability to set a balanced budget next year

Only one in five of England’s largest councils are confident of setting a balanced budget next year without dramatic reductions to frontline services.

Online junk food advertising banned to tackle obesity

A new consultation has been launched on proposals to ban online adverts for foods high in fat, sugar and salt in the UK.

Northern England 'worst hit' by pandemic

The Northern Health Science Alliance has reported that the north has been hit harder than the rest of England during the coronavirus pandemic.

Thousands of children in care being ‘failed by the state’

Anne Longfield has warned that thousands of children in care being ‘failed by the state’ because of a broken residential care home market.

Government needs to shift momentum to reach climate goals

The NAO has stressed that it is not yet clear that the government has in place what it needs to meet its long-term environmental goals.

Committee questions ‘not impartial’ Towns Fund selections

The Public Accounts Committee says it is ‘not convinced by the rationales for selecting some towns’ for the £3.6 billion Towns Fund.

UK ‘off course’ to meet net zero carbon ambitions by 2050

The IPPR think tank is warning that the UK is off course to meet its own net zero carbon ambitions by 2050 and restore nature.

Government urged to restore confidence in levelling-up agenda

New research by campaign group HS2 East has revealed a lack of public confidence in the levelling-up agenda.

Labour challenges government to ‘Build it in Britain’

Labour is urging the government to ‘Build it in Britain’ and support the creation of 400,000 jobs, through a green recovery package.

Further tests to be rolled out across England

Over half a million rapid-turnaround lateral flow tests will be sent out by NHS Test and Trace to local public health leaders this week.

Car more important following pandemic, say drivers

More than half of UK drivers say that having access to a car is more important than it was before the coronavirus pandemic.

Another u-turn as government funding free school meals

The government has announced that councils will be given new funding to ensure vulnerable households do not go hungry or without essential items.

New protections for renters during restrictions

Robert Jenrick has announced that renters will be protected during the national restrictions, with no bailiff enforcement action.

Rapid Covid test missed more than half of cases in pilot

A rapid coronavirus test missed more than 50 per cent of positive cases in an Operation Moonshot pilot in Greater Manchester.