Seven areas to benefit from £180m Town Deals funding

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced the seven communities that are set to benefit from up to £178.7 million in new Town Deals.

£75 million for iconic cultural and arts venues

Iconic arts venues and cultural organisations are to receive a £75 million boost from government's Culture Recovery Fund.

Local taxpayers are keeping private bus companies afloat

The Local Government Association has warned that concessionary fare funding is being used to prop up private bus companies.

219 per cent rise in demand for local welfare assistance in London

London Councils says that coronavirus has led to an unprecedented spike in demand for London boroughs’ welfare support services.

£7bn annual increase in social care needed

The Health and Social Care Committee has called for a £7 billion annual increase in social care funding as a starting point for reform.

Allocations of £1bn confirmed for councils this winter

Robert Jenrick has confirmed allocations for individual councils from the £1 billion of additional support announced earlier this month.

Sunak announces one-year Spending Review

The Chancellor has decided to conduct a one-year Spending Review in order to prioritise the response to coronavirus.

The government has potential to save at least £30bn a year

The Centre for Policy Studies has set out nine ideas which would deliver £30 billion a year to the Treasury without impacting frontline services.

New funding and guidance for supported housing

Housing Minister Kelly Tolhurst has announced new funding for supported housing pilots in priority areas.

Government extends cap on energy bills

An extension to the Energy Price Cap is set to help 11 million households from being overcharged on their energy bills.

Labour calls for holiday free school meals until Spring

Labour has called on the government to extend the provision of free school meals until the Spring – or face a Commons vote on the issue.

Child poverty has risen in the Midlands and North

End Child Poverty coalition says that child poverty has risen most sharply in parts of the Midlands and Northern towns and cities.

£12 million to help rough sleepers this winter

The government has announced a new £10 million Cold Weather Fund to support councils get rough sleepers off the streets during the winter.

£257 million to better support cultural organisations

More than 1,300 arts and cultural organisations are expected to benefit from a share of £257 million from the Culture Recovery Fund.

Towns Fund constituency funding questioned

Robert Jenrick has admitted that he and Jake Berry approved payments to towns in each other’s constituencies from a fund earmarked for deprived areas.

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