Local restrictions introduced in Aberdeen

Following an increase in coronavirus cases in Aberdeen, local restrictions on travel, indoor gatherings hospitality have been introduced.

Pavement cafes to be smoke free in Newcastle

Newcastle City Council is ensuring that the outdoor areas of the city's pubs and cafes are 100 per cent smoke free.

Schools must come before pubs in lockdown plans

Anne Longfield has said that schools should be the last places to be locked down if any local or national lockdown takes place.

Border failures in March accelerated pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic in the UK was accelerated in the early months by critical errors in the government's approach to border measures.

Creative industries key to coronavirus recovery

A guide has been published to help councils support their local creative industries recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

Blackburn with Darwen launches own tracing system

Blackburn with Darwen Council has launched a locally supported contact tracing system for the borough to help plug holes in the national system.

£50 million for social care sector in Scotland

The social care sector in Scotland will receive up to £50 million additional funding to help meet additional costs related to coronavirus.

£22.7m to help adult social care sector in Wales

Vaughan Gething has announced £22.7 million to help meet the additional costs adult social care providers are currently incurring.

Ban adverts for polluting large cars, says report

A new report from the think tank The New Weather Institute is demanding an immediate end to adverts for large polluting cars.

Major incident declared in Greater Manchester

A major incident has been declared by authorities in Greater Manchester following recent rises in coronavirus infection rates.

West Yorkshire sets out 2038 zero carbon plan

Reducing car use by a fifth is among the measures set out in a report on how West Yorkshire could become net zero carbon by 2038.

New Test and Trace campaign launched

NHS Test and Trace is launching a new business plan to expand testing capacity and prepare the nation for winter.

Air pollution limits being breached across England

Friends of the Earth has revealed the 1,360 sites across England that have breached the annual Air Quality Objective for NO2 levels.

1.1 million children unhappy with their lives during lockdown

A survey has revealed that nearly one in five children aged 10-17 in the UK have reported being unhappy with their lives.

Councils warn against ‘knee-jerk’ centralisation of care

The government should set out its plans to reform social care this year but not take a ‘knee jerk’ reaction in the aftermath of coronavirus.

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