Children in care at heightened risk since coronavirus

Children’s rights campaigners say changes to legal protections for children in care have been akin to ‘deregulation on steroids’.

£1.6bn funding allocations for councils confirmed

Individual councils in England have had their funding allocations confirmed following the recent announcement of £1.6 billion in funding.

Expansion of access to coronavirus testing revealed

Anyone in England with coronavirus symptoms who either has to leave home to go to work or is aged 65 and over will now be able to get tested.

Government backed loan scheme for small business

Small businesses will benefit from a new fast-track finance scheme providing loans with a 100 per cent government-backed guarantee for lenders.

Social homes may go unbuilt without RTB extension

Social homes could go unbuilt unless councils are granted an extension to the time they are allowed to spend money from Right to Buy sales.

Clarity sought on relaxation of special needs duties

Councils and their partners need greater flexibility to meet the needs of children with special educational needs.

Councils urge for immediate ‘clipper' PPE service

Dwindling supplies of vital life-saving personal protective equipment for frontline care workers will run out within days.

Coronavirus: Academisation should be put on hold

Academy conversions should be suspended to help over-stretched councils focus on supporting schools to stay open, says LGA.

Dementia patients abandoned during coronavirus crisis

Hundreds of thousands of people with dementia in care homes are being abandoned during coronavirus crisis, says charity.

Councils need urgent and sustainable PPE supply

There is a desperate need for more personal protective equipment for frontline council and care services across the country.

£50 million to help heritage sector through coronavirus

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has put together a £50 million fund in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Community pharmacies lack capacity to deliver medicines

Local pharmacies do not have the capacity to deliver vital medicines to hundreds of ‘at risk’ people in rural areas.

NHS army of volunteers to start protecting the vulnerable

Hundreds of thousands of NHS Volunteer Responders will be able to report for duty and start helping the NHS in its fight against coronavirus.

Starmer announced as new Labour leader

Sir Keir Starmer has vowed to lead Labour ‘into a new era with confidence and hope’ after being named leader of the party in a ballot.

Library memberships rise by 600 per cent

Libraries have seen an increase in newly registered users of more than 600 per cent since lockdown measures were introduced.

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