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.

Four out of five people support new national lockdown

New polling has shown that 79 per cent of adults in England support the new national lockdown.

Majority of adults intent on getting healthier

A survey of over 5,000 adults has found that 80 per cent of those aged over 18 have made the decision to change their lifestyle in 2021.

Johnson announces new national lockdown

The Prime Minister has announced a national lockdown and instructed people to stay at home to control the spread of coronavirus.

Johnson welcomes uplift in key public sector jobs

The Prime Minister has reaffirmed his commitment to boost the numbers of public sector workers as part of the government’s drive to build back better in 2021.

Starmer calls for immediate lockdown in England

Keir Starmer has urged the Prime Minister to impose a new national lockdown within the next 24 hours to tackle the ‘out of control’ coronavirus.

New nature test sites for mental health research

Seven sites will receive a share of over £5.5 million pot to research how nature can be used to improve mental health and well-being.

New report commends Welsh local authority partnership

A new report commends the way that Welsh local authorities and the third sector worked together during the coronavirus pandemic.

London homelessness pressures reaching ‘worst-ever levels’

London Councils is urging a rethink of national policy if the government is to have ‘any hope’ of meeting its homelessness reduction targets.

67 local authorities to begin enhanced testing programmes

The first 67 local authorities to start community testing programmes have been confirmed as part of government’s coronavirus Winter Plan.

Test and Trace plan to support return to normal

The NHS Test and Trace business plan sets out a strategy to increase the speed and reach of testing and tracing, working with local partnerships.

Working from home stops employees from ‘switching off’

Heightened anxiety during the pandemic has led to employees working longer hours and taking fewer sick days.

Pandemic prompts rapid shift to digital consultation methods

The rapid shift to online platforms has led to the majority of consultation professionals changing the way they engage with local communities.

Tracing positive cases less successful in more deprived areas

A smaller proportion of positive coronavirus cases and their contacts are traced in more deprived areas than in less deprived areas. 

Public health cuts worse in north than south

The poorest parts of England have seen the biggest cuts to councils' public health budgets, a new study from the IPPR North suggests.