Lower budgets and higher demand could hit children's services

A rise in vulnerable children needing support due to the lockdown is likely, but councils could struggle to meet surge in demand.

Economic fallout could hit Red Wall areas hardest

‘Red Wall’ communities are most vulnerable to permanent economic scarring as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Over two million behind on council tax bills

The government should change ‘ineffective’ regulations on how councils collect council tax arrears to protect households during coronavirus.

Cultural Renewal Taskforce announced

A new taskforce has been created aimed at helping getting the country’s recreation and leisure sector up and running again.

Perilous future for coronavirus-generation, warns charity

Children are ill equipped to cope with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic because of years of child poverty in Britain.

Urgent action to prevent rough sleeping after lockdown

The Homeless Link charity is calling for urgent national and local action so that nobody is forced to sleep rough after lockdown.

Devastating impact of coronavirus on children’s services

Local authority children’s services have been reduced to crisis-driven firefighting as a result of years of under investment.

Public sector tech investment needed to protect services

NNine out of ten Britons say they appreciate the UK’s public services more now than they did before the coronavirus outbreak.

Experts call for £1 billion Youth Guarantee

The government must act immediately to tackle the fastest spike in unemployment on record or risk permanent damage to our economy.

£37m to support children with complex needs

Children with special educational needs and disabilities in England will benefit from £37.3 million of direct support in 2020-21.

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.