New guidance for 100 towns set for a Town Deal

The 100 places selected for the £3.6 billion Towns Fund will now be able to draw up their proposals for a multi-million pound investment.

Psychological first aid training for frontline staff

Staff and volunteers at the forefront of the national coronavirus response will now be able to access a new Psychological First Aid training course.

Reliable broadband for children or risk harming education

The government should urgently ensure that more than one million children have reliable internet access at home.

Geographic impact of crisis will be hard to manage

The IFS has claimed that the balance between protecting public health and enabling economic activity could look very different in different parts of England.

Inquiry launched into air quality post-pandemic

MPs have launched an inquiry into air quality and whether the coronavirus pandemic can act as a catalyst for change.

Social care was ill-equipped to deal with pandemic

Social care bosses have said that thousands of people lost their lives 'prematurely' because care homes lacked resources to cope.

MPs want the government to end cladding nightmare

The government must commit to ensure that all buildings with ACM cladding should be fully remediated of all fire safety defects, say MPs.

New support for reopening and recovery of high streets

A package of support has been announced to help high streets to get back on their feet, ahead of shops reopening from 15 June.

Lack of policy risks exacerbating existing inequalities

The coronavirus pandemic has not only bought existing health inequalities to the fore, but could risk highlighting further disparities in society.

New scheme needed to protect housing sector from collapse

The coronavirus crisis is likely to make it impossible for the government to hit its housebuilding targets and exacerbate the housing crisis.

Leisure centres on the brink without immediate funding

Leisure centres closed due to coronavirus may never re-open unless government brings forward a financial rescue package, says DCN.

Joint leaders of Green Party to stand again

Siân Berry and Jonathan Bartley have announced that they plan to stand for their job-shared role of joint leaders of the Green Party again.

New advice to help councils fight procurement fraud

Councils in England can now access extra advice to help protect public money from fraud during the procurement of goods and services.

Funding for councils caring for children seeking asylum

Chris Philp has confirmed the Home Office’s firm commitment to support local authorities in caring for vulnerable children.

Coronavirus tests offered to every care home for elderly

The government has said that all eligible care homes who need them will have received coronavirus tests regardless of symptoms.

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