Lockdowns have had positive impact on local democracy

The SCT has said that the coronavirus lockdowns and restrictions imposed on local government business have had a positive impact on local democracy.

Care needs urgent reform, says PAC

The pandemic’s ‘devastating impact on the care sector’ has emphasised that ‘care is not properly funded, lacks transparency and urgently needs reform’.

Restrictions remain as vaccination programme accelerated

Step 4 of the roadmap out of lockdown will be delayed by up to four weeks and the vaccination programme accelerated.

Youth workers in Greater Manchester A&E departments

A new project will see youth workers embedded in A&E departments across Greater Manchester to engage with people who have been affected by violence.

London to open first dedicated detox unit for homeless people

London’s first dedicated detox unit for homeless people is set to open on 14 June to help save the lives of some of the city’s most vulnerable people.

£3m respite fund launched for Welsh unpaid carers

Julie Morgan has announced that a new £3 million fund is being set up to provide respite and short breaks for Wales’ small army of unpaid carers.

Councils start banning smoking outside pubs and restaurants

Five local authorities have banned smoking in pavement pubs, cafes and restaurants, with reports suggesting that others are considering following suit.

Redbridge reveals Climate Change Action Plan

Redbridge’s roadmap to creating a carbon neutral council, as well as support the community to cut carbon emissions, is being taken forward.

Contact tracing in Wales extended until March 2022

The Welsh Government has announced that the Test, Trace, Protect service will be extended to next year, with a further injection of funding.

Air pollution as big a concern as coronavirus for children

Two-thirds of young people are worried about how air pollution will affect their health, which is almost as much as they worry about coronavirus.

Councils urged to allow Parkrun events to resume

Robert Jenrick and Oliver Dowden have written to councils across England urging for weekly Parkrun events to resume.

Physical activity may help to close gap in school attainment

Guaranteeing every child the opportunity to participate in certain types of physical activity could support their academic attainment.

New pilots launched to further support people to self-isolate

The government is to launch nine pilots to test new ways to help ensure people stick to self-isolation rules in areas with higher prevalence of infection.

New investment to inspire children to walk to school

A green initiative aimed at encouraging hundreds of thousands of children to walk to school has received £2.1 million in government support.

Everyone with symptoms now eligible for coronavirus tests

The government has said that anyone with symptoms of coronavirus is now eligible to book a test, ahead of the rollout of the test and trace service.

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