Increased infection rates for areas with restrictions

19 out of 20 areas in England that have been have been under restrictions for two months have seen an increase in infection rates.

Edinburgh becomes first city to set end poverty date

The City of Edinburgh Council has set an ambitious target aiming to eradicate poverty in the Scottish capital by 2030.

Coronavirus hospital cases in England jump by a quarter

The number of people admitted to hospital with coronavirus on one day has jumped by nearly a quarter in England.

Major reform needed to meet UK broadband targets

The government’s pledge to deliver full fibre broadband to every home by 2025 is likely to be missed without radical changes to telecoms policy.

Planning reforms would have affected thousands of homes

Communities could have missed out on nearly 30,000 affordable homes in the past five years if proposed government planning reforms were in place.

Offshore wind to power every home in the country by 2030

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out new plans to Build Back Greener by making the UK the world leader in clean wind energy.

COBRA-style action needed to save young people

Young people face becoming a ‘lost generation’ unless the government develops a COBRA-style response to boost job opportunities.

Extra support for councils to expand children’s services

Extra support will be given to councils to help them to ensure domestic abuse victims and their families get the vital help they need.

Call for evidence launched for Air Quality Partners

The government has launched a call for evidence on which public bodies should be designated to become Air Quality Partners to help cut emissions.

‘Red wall’ areas set to take the brunt of welfare cuts

Six million households face losing £1,000 in benefits next year unless Chancellor Rishi Sunak U-turns on Universal Credit.

Urgent re-think of lockdown policy needed, says Burnham

The government is in danger of losing public support for its approach to local lockdowns without an urgent re-think of the policy.

Improvement in London’s air quality since 2016

New City Hall data has shown a substantial improvement in London’s air quality across the capital since 2016.

Majority want testing programme run by NHS

Three quarters of the British public want to see the government’s programme of mass testing run by the NHS and public health protection teams.

MPs call for legalisation of e-scooters

E-scooters have the potential to offer a low cost, accessible and environmentally friendly alternative to the private car, says report.

Greater clarity needed for the future of the bus

The Department of Transport needs to provide greater clarity on how it will measure success in improving bus services.

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