Government announces £80m boost for towns

Over a hundred towns in England are to share £80 million to boost regeneration, as part of the government's plan to build back better.

Major challenges ahead for schools in poorer areas

The IFS is warning that schools serving more deprived pupils face major challenges over the next few years.

Counties outline social care reform priorities

The CCN has outlined the themes it believes should be at the heart of reform the adult social care system in the wake coronavirus pandemic.

Report calls for £1.2bn roads investment

Investment of £1.2bn would improve more than 5,000km of roads and prevent more than 8,000 fatal and serious injuries over the next 20 years.

£546m care home package to be announced

Boris Johnson has announced a £546 million funding package to help protect care homes from coronavirus this winter.

Councils to receive housing support for vulnerable people

The government has announced that 274 councils are set to receive housing support for vulnerable people.

Green spaces have a key role to play in recovery

The new Parks and Green Space Network has called on the government to deliver a truly green economic recovery from coronavirus.

£14m for Wales’ sport and leisure sector

New funding will support Wales’ sport and leisure sector against the ongoing challenges resulting from coronavirus.

Labour seeks ‘genuine national plan’ for jobs

Keir Starmer has called on the government to replace the furlough scheme as part of a ‘genuine national plan’ for jobs.

Food bank use forecast to rise this winter

New research from the Trussell Trust shows that food banks are forecast to give out six emergency food parcels a minute this winter.

Pension Credit shortfalls costing £4bn per year

The failure to deliver Pension Credit to older people who are entitled to it is costing the health system an estimated £4 billion per year.

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.

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