Overhaul to adoption system needed, says Williamson

To mark National Adoption Week, the Education Secretary has called for an overhaul of the ‘overly bureaucratic’ adoption system.

Sir Kier Starmer calls for circuit breaker

Labour leader Sir Kier Starmer has called for a short lockdown or ‘circuit-breaker’ in England of two to three weeks.

‘Hardest to reach' may hold a key to pandemic recovery

A new report has argued that the so-called 'hardest to reach' may hold a key to pandemic recovery, but are not being listened to.

£12 million to help rough sleepers this winter

The government has announced a new £10 million Cold Weather Fund to support councils get rough sleepers off the streets during the winter.

£257 million to better support cultural organisations

More than 1,300 arts and cultural organisations are expected to benefit from a share of £257 million from the Culture Recovery Fund.

Doctors call for stronger coronavirus measures

Doctors have called for clearer additional coronavirus measures, including making the wearing of face masks mandatory in all offices.

Legal action launched over Covid contracts

Legal action has been launched over the government’s failure to disclose details of its spending on contracts related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Plans to hand contact tracing to local gov 'too late'

Plans to hand greater control of Covid-19 contact tracing to town halls will come too late, say public health officials.

Towns Fund constituency funding questioned

Robert Jenrick has admitted that he and Jake Berry approved payments to towns in each other’s constituencies from a fund earmarked for deprived areas.

Councils could spend £1.7bn over budget by March

Nine in 10 major local authorities in England do not have enough money to cover their spending plans this year.

June 2021 launch date for Birmingham CAZ

Birmingham's Clean Air Zone has been given an approved launch date of June 2021 by the government, following several delays.

Government grants poor value for money

Councils received at least 448 individual government grants between 2015-19 in an increasingly ‘fragmented’ use of public funding.

Government must hand power down to level up, says LGiU

Power must be rebalanced around the needs of local places to achieve the government’s aim of levelling up, says news LGiU report.

Local approach needed to bring down infection rates

Four Core City UK leaders and mayors have written to Health Secretary Matt Hancock calling for a local approach to bring down infection rates.

Inquiry launched to scrutinise response to coronavirus

Two Select Committees have launched a joint inquiry into lessons to be learned from the response to the coronavirus pandemic so far.