Charities to benefit from support for rough sleepers

Over 130 charities are set to benefit from £6 million to allow them to support rough sleepers during the pandemic.

Citizen’s basic income for carers, says Davey

Ed Davey has formally launched his Lib Dem leadership bid with a promise of a citizen’s basic income to help support carers.

Contact-tracing app in place by end of month

Business Minister Nadhim Zahawi has said that the new NHS coronavirus contact-tracing app should be in place by the end of the month.

Face coverings will be mandatory on public transport

The Department for Transport has said that, from 15 June, face coverings will be required while using public transport in England.

Greenpeace sets out plans for a greener future

A new Greenpeace manifesto sets out what the government can do to tackle both the coronavirus recession and the climate emergency.

Local election terms extended in Scotland

Scottish Parliamentary and local election terms will be extended to five years in line with the UK Parliament and other devolved legislatures.

1.1 million more people face poverty at end of 2020

The economic fallout of the current coronavirus pandemic could leave 1.1 million more people below pre-virus poverty line at the end of the year.

School closures likely to reverse attainment gap progress

School closures as a result of coronavirus will likely reverse the progress made in narrowing the educational attainment gap since 2011.

Councils lacking a consistent view of cyber security

Research has found inconsistencies across local authorities in England as to what cyber security is as well as its threat to their organisations.

Government proposes new Emissions Trading System

The government has outlined a new plan to ensure the UK is aligned with its commitment to reach net zero by 2050.

Too many office staff working in inappropriate home environment

Two in every five office staff are now working in an ‘inappropriate’ home-working environment as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

Greater detail needed on test and tracing

Clive Betts has written to the Prime Minister requesting greater detail on the government’s approach to implementing contact test and tracing.

Too soon to ease lockdown in north-east England

Local government leaders in the north-east of England have urged residents to disregard the government’s ‘reckless’ relaxation of the lockdown.

Pressure to lower voting age increases

16- and 17-year-olds can now officially vote in Wales for Senedd elections, prompting renewed pressure for Westminster to follow suit.

Vital infrastructure must be ready for the future

The National Infrastructure Commission has stressed that proactive steps are needed to ensure the UK’s infrastructure can remain resilient.

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