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.

Collaboration launched to support cultural organisations

The LGA is collaborating with Arts Council England to help support cultural organisations to deal with the current coronavirus situation.

Children commissioner calls for volunteer social workers

Anne Longfield has called for an army of volunteers to help support children’s social care during the coronavirus crisis.

Young people’s mental health hit by coronavirus

Over 80 per cent of young people with a history of mental ill health have found their conditions have worsened since the coronavirus crisis.

‘Children of the pandemic’ risk becoming unseen victims

Urgent intervention is needed to ensure that millions of children are not unfairly disadvantaged by the measures to combat the coronavirus crisis.

Voucher scheme launches for free school meals

Children eligible for free school meals will benefit from a voucher scheme allowing them to continue to access meals whilst they stay at home.

Coronavirus: ChildLine reveals ‘unprecedented’ demand

There has been a sharp rise in the number of calls to its helpline from distressed young people struggling to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

Mayor unveils new coronavirus measures in Liverpool

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has unveiled an initial package of measures aimed at easing the coronavirus burden on local people.

As schools close, government lists ‘critical workers’

Frontline health staff, people involved in food production and  utility workers are among a list of workers said to be ‘essential’.

More support needed or nurseries will close

Thousands of nurseries are set to close unless the government provides more financial support to sustain them during the coronavirus pandemic.

Government must clarify critical worker status

The BSIA is urgently calling on the government to clarify the status of critical workers in light of the closure of UK schools.

Williamson announces school closures in England

Gavin Williamson has told the House of Commons that schools in England will close after the end of the school day on Friday.

Free childcare offers to continue during Covid-19 closures

Funding for the government’s early years entitlements will continue during any periods of nursery, preschool or childminder closures.

Better play streets support can tackle loneliness

Resident-organised playing out sessions are a proven way for children to meet and play with each other and tackle global isolation.

School exclusions being driven by ‘perverse incentives’

'Perverse incentives’ are driving an alarming trend of schools excluding pupils to boost their league table standings.