Committee questions ‘not impartial’ Towns Fund selections

The Public Accounts Committee says it is ‘not convinced by the rationales for selecting some towns’ for the £3.6 billion Towns Fund.

UK ‘off course’ to meet net zero carbon ambitions by 2050

The IPPR think tank is warning that the UK is off course to meet its own net zero carbon ambitions by 2050 and restore nature.

Government urged to restore confidence in levelling-up agenda

New research by campaign group HS2 East has revealed a lack of public confidence in the levelling-up agenda.

Labour challenges government to ‘Build it in Britain’

Labour is urging the government to ‘Build it in Britain’ and support the creation of 400,000 jobs, through a green recovery package.

Further tests to be rolled out across England

Over half a million rapid-turnaround lateral flow tests will be sent out by NHS Test and Trace to local public health leaders this week.

Car more important following pandemic, say drivers

More than half of UK drivers say that having access to a car is more important than it was before the coronavirus pandemic.

Another u-turn as government funding free school meals

The government has announced that councils will be given new funding to ensure vulnerable households do not go hungry or without essential items.

New protections for renters during restrictions

Robert Jenrick has announced that renters will be protected during the national restrictions, with no bailiff enforcement action.

Rapid Covid test missed more than half of cases in pilot

A rapid coronavirus test missed more than 50 per cent of positive cases in an Operation Moonshot pilot in Greater Manchester.

Northern MPs seek ‘clear roadmap’ out of lockdown

The Northern Research Group has warned Prime Minister Boris Johnson not to leave constituencies ‘locked into lockdown’ indefinitely.

Khan calls for proper devolution of power from Whitehall

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan called for the proper devolution of power and resources from Whitehall to cities and communities across the UK.

Guidance to support safe care home visits during lockdown

Care homes will be encouraged and supported to provide safe visiting opportunities as new national restrictions come into effect.

LGA calls for lockdown exit strategy

The Local Government Association has said that only with the necessary resources can councils lead local efforts to tackle coronavirus outbreaks.

Councils risk being overwhelmed by Brexit implementation

Local authorities risk being overwhelmed by Brexit implementation on 1 January, because of the urgent demands of the second wave of coronavirus.

Repeat ‘Everyone In’ to protect rough sleepers, says Labour

Thangam Debbonaire has written to Robert Jenrick calling on him to re-start the ‘Everyone In’ initiative that began in March.