Sport England promotes physical activity vision

Helping grassroots sport and physical activity recover from the effects of the pandemic is at the centre of Sport England’s 10-year strategy.

Pandemic makes levelling up four times harder

The coronavirus pandemic makes levelling up the North and Midlands four times harder and risks ‘levelling down’ the South.

No longer possible to hold 'safe and open' elections in May

The LGIU has revealed that the majority of council officials are overwhelmingly concerned about their ability to hold local elections in May.

£23 million for councils to boost vaccine take up

Over £23 million funding has been allocated to 60 councils and voluntary groups across England to expand work to boost vaccine take up.

First city-wide air pollution reduction target in Oxford

Oxford City Council is set to become the first UK local authority to set out a city-wide air pollution reduction target.

Community testing offer expanded across all local authorities

From this week, local authorities are being encouraged to target community testing to people who cannot work from home during lockdown.

Wales launches long Covid recovery app

A recovery app has been launched by the Welsh Government for people experiencing the longer term effects of coronavirus.

Social care sector to receive £269 million boost

A new £120 million fund for local authorities has been announced to boost depleted social care staffing levels.

Six areas chosen for local health partnerships

Six areas have been chosen to join the first phase of a programme designed to improve the health and wellbeing of communities.

New TV advert urges public to stay at home to protect NHS

The public are being urged to stay at home as part of a major advertising campaign encouraging the public to protect the NHS and save lives.

Asymptomatic testing to be rolled out by councils

The government has said that rapid, regular testing for people without symptoms of coronavirus will be made available across the country.

‘Shocking disparity’ for blue badge parking permit approvals

Scores of councils have lower approval rates for non-visible disabilities applications compared to those for physical impairments.

Leisure centre closures to cost £7.25m in missed health savings

Closing gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools is costing the UK £7.25 million in lost social value for every week of lockdown.

Physical activity plan needed for latest lockdown

ukactive has called for a physical activity plan as new lockdowns threaten the physical and mental well-being of people in the UK.

Councils call for urgent clarity on this year’s local elections

England’s largest councils have urged the government to provide urgent clarity on the local elections scheduled for May.