400,000 more families with children now claiming UC

The number of families with children claiming Universal Credit increased by a third as the impact of the coronavirus pandemic peaked in April and May.

North calls for £5bn pipeline of infrastructure projects

Transport for the North has set out its initial plans for a Northern Infrastructure Pipeline, a 30-year investment plan of infrastructure projects.

Labour calls for a Regional Opportunities Guarantee

Labour is urging the government to introduce a Regional Opportunities Guarantee as part of the Kickstarter Scheme.

DfID restructure expected to cost at least £50 million

The Whitehall restructure that will see DfID taken over by the FCO is expected to cost at least £50 million to the British taxpayer.

£1.4bn funding gap in London due to pandemic

London boroughs have warned that local services in the capital face a £1.4bn funding black hole due to the impact of coronavirus.

More support from care services is needed

Employers are seeing the health, well-being and productivity of their workforces adversely impacted by a shortage of support from social care services.

Government extends support for buses and trams

Bus and tram services will receive £256 million to help them increase services ahead of expected rises in public transport use in September.

New funding announced for neighbourhood planning

Robert Jenrick has announced that funding to help communities in urban and deprived areas plan their local neighbourhoods will almost double.

‘Level-up’ funding will benefit schools in better-off areas

The Education Policy Institute has warned that better-off pupils in England will see larger school funding increases than poorer pupils.

Urgent mental health investment needed, say councils

Failure to invest in mental health services will undermine efforts to boost the country in the next phases of the coronavirus pandemic.

Flood alleviation scheme unveiled in east Leeds

A scheme to protect homes in east Leeds from flooding has opened, reducing the likelihood of flooding of occurring in any given year.

Cyber attack on Redcar council cost £10.4 million

A cyber attack on the computer systems of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council is estimated to have cost more than £10 million.

Workload demands damaging for childcare workers

The SMC has released new research highlighting that the early years workforce in England is underpaid, overworked and undervalued.

Creative industries key to coronavirus recovery

A guide has been published to help councils support their local creative industries recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

£50 million for social care sector in Scotland

The social care sector in Scotland will receive up to £50 million additional funding to help meet additional costs related to coronavirus.

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