Pre-school childcare scheme for critical workers in Wales

The Welsh Government is launching a coronavirus childcare assistance scheme to support Wales’ critical workers.

£400 million to keep England’s buses running

England’s buses will receive a funding boost totalling £397 million to help them continue serving those who rely on them.

Nearly a million universal credit claims in past fortnight

As the coronavirus pandemic has worsened, nearly a million people have applied for universal credit benefits in the past fortnight.

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.

£195m to help physical activity through coronavirus

Sport England is making up to £195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the coronavirus crisis.

Increase grant levels to boost social housing investment

The Chartered Institute of Housing has warned that grant levels for new social housing in England have fallen dangerously low.

National Living Wage rate increases

The National Living Wage will increase to £8.72, giving a pay rise to thousands of workers at the frontline of the UK’s response to coronavirus.

£22bn grants and business rates package for high streets

Thousands of high street companies are beginning to receive £25,000 cash grants and will be exempt from business rates.

‘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.

Essential bus services need rescue package

Bus services will struggle to survive the coronavirus outbreak without emergency rescue funding, says LGA.

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.

Second round of Urban Tree Challenge Fund opens

The Forestry Commission has opened the second round of the Urban Tree Challenge Fund, to help increase tree numbers in urban areas.

NHS staff to get free bus travel in Wales

NHS staff will receive free travel on buses throughout Wales in return for hardship funding over the next three months.

Coronavirus: councils warn of changes to local services

England’s largest councils are warning that residents will see major short-term changes to local services in the fight against coronavirus.

Food charities warns of a hunger spiral

Millions of people in the UK will need food aid in the coming days as the coronavirus outbreak threatens to quickly spiral into a crisis of hunger.