Broadband boost for rural counties

A quarter of a million rural homes and businesses have been given access to more financial help to get top-of-the-range broadband speeds.

Councils risk losing millions in commercial investments

Research has revealed the risks of the multi-billion pound council commercial property portfolio, with some yields coming in at millions below forecasts.

West Yorkshire approves devolution deal

All five West Yorkshire councils and the Combined Authority have given their approval for the landmark West Yorkshire devolution deal.

Consider targeted extensions to Furlough Scheme

The government should consider a targeted extension of its furlough scheme to prevent mass long-term unemployment, says MPs.

Contraception services damaged by coronavirus

A group of MPs have warned that the coronavirus pandemic has made a ‘difficult situation even worse’ for women trying to access contraception.

New comprehensive support for renters this winter

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has confirmed new measures to support renters affected by coronavirus over autumn and winter.

Inadequate sick pay undermining Test and Trace

The TUC has warned that the NHS Test and Trace system risks failure unless ministers boost Statutory Sick Pay and ensure everyone is eligible for it.

£30m to support economic recovery in Scotland

All of Scotland’s 32 local authorities will receive a share of £30 million of new investment for regeneration and town centres.

£30 million boost to help unlock land for new homes

The government is boosting its Land Release Fund and the One Public Estate programme with an additional £30 million.

Highways England to invest £9m in EV scheme

Highways England is encouraging businesses to make the switch to electric by investing over £9 million in a ‘try before you buy’ scheme.

Cleaner air could boost economy by £1.6bn

A new study has revealed that aligning to WHO air quality targets could boost the UK economy by £1.6 billion each year.

Councils should improve communication with taxpayers

The government has published the results of an independent review into the effectiveness of local authority financial reporting and audit regimes.

Free electric bike trials for commuters in Leeds

As part of an initiative to promote sustainable travel, commuters in Leeds can now borrow an electric bike free of charge for up to two weeks.

£1.3m for mental health services in Wales

Welsh Health Minister Vaughan Gething has announced additional mental health support that anyone in Wales can access when they need to.

£12 billion boost announced for affordable homes

Robert Jenrick has launched new investment in housing to help the country build back better, including homes for social rent.

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