Demand for free school meals experiences sharp rise

There has been extremely high demand for Free School Meals this Autumn, highlighting the hard-hitting socio-economic consequences of coronavirus.

Doctors call for stronger coronavirus measures

Doctors have called for clearer additional coronavirus measures, including making the wearing of face masks mandatory in all offices.

Legal action launched over Covid contracts

Legal action has been launched over the government’s failure to disclose details of its spending on contracts related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Plans to hand contact tracing to local gov 'too late'

Plans to hand greater control of Covid-19 contact tracing to town halls will come too late, say public health officials.

Half of schools cannot offer on-site mental-health counselling

Only half of teachers say their school can offer pupils on-site mental health counselling in wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Local approach needed to bring down infection rates

Four Core City UK leaders and mayors have written to Health Secretary Matt Hancock calling for a local approach to bring down infection rates.

Coronavirus enforcement boosted with £60m funding

Local councils will receive additional funding to step up their enforcement of coronavirus rules to help tackle a rise in infections.

Inquiry launched to scrutinise response to coronavirus

Two Select Committees have launched a joint inquiry into lessons to be learned from the response to the coronavirus pandemic so far.

Increased infection rates for areas with restrictions

19 out of 20 areas in England that have been have been under restrictions for two months have seen an increase in infection rates.

Coronavirus hospital cases in England jump by a quarter

The number of people admitted to hospital with coronavirus on one day has jumped by nearly a quarter in England.

Only half of renters felt safe at home during lockdown

New research from Shelter has revealed that only half of private renters in England felt safe in their homes during the coronavirus lockdown.

Social prescribing pilots scheme launches

Applications have opened to deliver four ‘green social prescribing’ pilots in communities hardest hit by coronavirus.

Urgent re-think of lockdown policy needed, says Burnham

The government is in danger of losing public support for its approach to local lockdowns without an urgent re-think of the policy.

Majority want testing programme run by NHS

Three quarters of the British public want to see the government’s programme of mass testing run by the NHS and public health protection teams.

Up to 10 million may need extra mental health support

The government and the NHS must urgently prepare to meet increased need for mental health support.