Councils face lawsuits over lockdown education access

The government must ensure pupils from poor backgrounds have internet connections during the coronavirus lockdown or face legal action.

No exercise for quarter of people at home

University College London has revealed that one in four people say they have had no exercise or even gentle physical activity in the past day.

New digital mental health help in Manchester

A new response on mental health has been launched to complement work already happening at a local level in Greater Manchester.

Free school meal vouchers to continue over Easter

The government has announced that the free school voucher scheme will be extended in England over the two-week Easter holiday.

Community pharmacies lack capacity to deliver medicines

Local pharmacies do not have the capacity to deliver vital medicines to hundreds of ‘at risk’ people in rural areas.

NHS army of volunteers to start protecting the vulnerable

Hundreds of thousands of NHS Volunteer Responders will be able to report for duty and start helping the NHS in its fight against coronavirus.

Most waste services continuing collections undeterred

All but a few councils are still managing providing collection services for domestic residual waste as normal.

New powers for councils to hold public meetings remotely

Councils have been handed new powers to hold public meetings virtually by using video or telephone conferencing technology.

Councils warn over ‘wave of waste’

Concerns over spiralling household waste have prompted councils to issue a plea to residents to minimise the rubbish they throw away.

10 year Public Sector Geospatial Agreement signed

The Geospatial Commission has announced that it is increasing the location data available to the public sector across England and Wales.

Newcastle provides minibus to get bin crews working

Newcastle has provided minibuses for bin crews to be transported to their collection rounds so that social distancing guidelines can be met.

Councils given emergency powers to support NHS

Councils are being given new powers to support the NHS and increase hospital capacity as Wales responds to the coronavirus pandemic.

£195m to help physical activity through coronavirus

Sport England is making up to £195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the coronavirus crisis.

Children commissioner calls for volunteer social workers

Anne Longfield has called for an army of volunteers to help support children’s social care during the coronavirus crisis.

Young people’s mental health hit by coronavirus

Over 80 per cent of young people with a history of mental ill health have found their conditions have worsened since the coronavirus crisis.