Public want NHS at centre of ‘build back better’ plans

A survey has found that more than half of the British public want the government to focus on the NHS as part of its ‘building back better’ pledge.

Ring-fence funding for ‘social plumbing’ to level up UK

The Bennett Institute for Public Policy has called for 25 per cent of both the Levelling Up and Towns funds to be earmarked for ‘social infrastructure’.

Infrastructure decisions need long-term projections

The government should maintain spending on public transport, even though its usage has dropped during the pandemic.

Longer notice periods for renters in place until October

Renters will continue to be supported as national restrictions ease, with longer notice periods in place until at least October.

Post-lockdown action in rural areas needed, says study

A new study has warned that many more rural residents will be at risk of poverty and financial hardship after lockdown ends unless action is taken.

Tackle the UK’s increasing digital divide, say academics

Academics from the University of Manchester have called for urgent actions to be taken to tackle the increasing digital divide in the UK.

Coronavirus public inquiry to be held in spring 2022

Boris Johnson has told MPs that an independent public inquiry into the handling of the coronavirus pandemic will be held in spring 2022.

Strengthen partnerships with charities to deliver public services

There are three ways local authorities can support greater involvement of the charity and voluntary sector in public service delivery, says CIPFA.

Environment Agency launches new flooding Action Plan

The Environment Agency has launched its annual Action Plan to help protect England from flooding and coastal erosion.

'We Offer Testing to our Staff' scheme launched

A new scheme for businesses offering workplace testing for staff through NHS Test and Trace has been launched across the UK.

Queen's Speech delivered, with little detail on social care

The Queen has outlined her government’s priority to ‘deliver a recovery from the pandemic’ which will ‘level up opportunities across all parts of the UK’.

Easing of lockdown restrictions confirmed for 17 May

In his 10 May coronavirus press conference the Prime Minister confirmed that the planned Step 3 easements will go ahead on 17 May.

MPs support greater powers and funding for councils

The Local Government Association is urging the government to use the Queen’s Speech to bring forward ‘turbo-charged’ proposals for devolution.

Pandemic has increased older people’s need for social care

New analysis from Age UK has found that the coronavirus pandemic has significantly increased older people’s need for social care.

£17 million in mental health funding for schools

The government has announced more than £17 million to build on mental health support already available in education settings.


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