Councils call for ‘income guarantee’ to help with coronavirus

Leaders of England’s largest councils have called on the government to introduce a ‘£5 billion income guarantee’ for local authorities.

HS2 project managers ‘blindsided by contact with reality’

The High Speed 2 rail project has gone ‘badly off course’, with ministers unable to rule out further cost increases and delays.

£600 million support package for care homes

A new £600 million Infection Control Fund has been introduced to tackle the spread of coronavirus in care homes.

Road and railway investment to support economic recovery

Journeys on local roads, railways and motorways will be smoother and safer thanks to a multi-billion-pound infrastructure package.

English councils fear 20 per cent budget cuts

Labour has warned that councils in England may have to make budget cuts of 20 per cent due to the coronavirus pandemic.

£50m for social care in Scotland

An initial £50 million to help the Scottish social care sector deal with the financial implications of coronavirus has been confirmed.

Furlough scheme extended until October

The furlough scheme will be extended by a further four months with workers continuing to receive 80 per cent of their current salary.

£10 million available for domestic abuse charities

Robert Jenrick has announced that charities can bid for a share of £10 million funding to support victims of domestic abuse.

Coronavirus: £16 million for food charities

The government has announced up to £16 million to provide food for those who are struggling as a result of coronavirus.

Half a million on brink of homelessness, warns DCN

Almost half a million households are at high risk of becoming homeless as a result of the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis.

Leisure providers falling between support packages

Community leisure providers are facing crisis point without access to emergency government funding or support.

Government childcare eligibility offers protected

Parents who are normally eligible for the government’s childcare offers will continue receiving the entitlements during the summer term.

1.2 million renters are at high-risk of job loss

A new report has warned that up to 1.2 million renters are at high-risk of having to rely on Universal Credit after losing their jobs.

Sturgeon backs universal basic income in Scotland

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said that the ‘time has come’ for universal basic income in Scotland.

Nearly two million claim universal credit

Since the government advised people to stay at home due to coronavirus nearly two million people have applied for universal credit benefits.