Coronavirus has hit 'critical' stage in England

The coronavirus pandemic has now reached a ‘critical’ stage in England, with a dramatic increase in infections recorded across all areas of the country.

Calls for parity of lockdown rules for Christmas

The Lib Dems and Alliance Party of Northern Ireland have said that coronavirus restrictions should be the same across all four UK nations this Christmas.

UK play sector unites to keep playgrounds open

The UK’s leading bodies concerned with children’s play have joined together in a concerted effort to ensure that community play areas remain open.

MPs in north of England seek ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown

More than 50 Conservative MPs in northern England have urged the Prime Minister to provide a ‘clear roadmap’ out of lockdown.

Delay to Newcastle’s clean air zone plans confirmed

Councils in Newcastle and Gateshead have confirmed that plans to introduce a Clean Air Zone in Newcastle city centre have been delayed.

219 per cent rise in demand for local welfare assistance in London

London Councils says that coronavirus has led to an unprecedented spike in demand for London boroughs’ welfare support services.

£7bn annual increase in social care needed

The Health and Social Care Committee has called for a £7 billion annual increase in social care funding as a starting point for reform.

Social care needs to fill more than 100,000 vacancies

Skills for Care has found that the adult social care sector in England still needs to fill around 112,000 job vacancies on any given day.

A million children under restrictions to lose free school meals

Nearly a million children living in areas that are subject to coronavirus restrictions are set to lose access to free school meals over the holidays.

Reduced services see unpaid carers pushed to the limit

Family carers are going without crucial services, whilst providing many hours of additional care for loved ones with increasing needs.

Mark Drakeford announces ‘firebreak’ lockdown in Wales

Mark Drakeford has announced that Wales will go into a national ‘firebreak’ lockdown from 23 October until 9 November.

‘Fragile' care sector needs immediate reform

The CQC has warned that an under pressure social care sector is ‘fragile’ heading into a second wave of coronavirus infections.

Ditch Serco and let councils run contact tracing

Labour is urging the government to ditch Serco and let councils and local public health teams run contact tracing.

Sir Kier Starmer calls for circuit breaker

Labour leader Sir Kier Starmer has called for a short lockdown or ‘circuit-breaker’ in England of two to three weeks.

‘Hardest to reach' may hold a key to pandemic recovery

A new report has argued that the so-called 'hardest to reach' may hold a key to pandemic recovery, but are not being listened to.