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.

New award to recognise excellence in adult social care workforce

Professor Deborah Sturdy has outlined her commitment to recognise the outstanding contribution made by social care workers and nurses.

Government lacked contingency plans for pandemic

The UK was not as prepared for the pandemic as it could have been, and government lacked detailed contingency plans to manage the unfolding situation.

Progress towards less meat in public sector meals

A survey of caterers, representing 5,000 public sector sites across the UK, has found that 80 per cent have committed to reducing meat content across menus.

Funding for green social prescribing aids recovery

At least 7,500 people will be connected to nature for their health and well-being, thanks to ten innovative green social prescribing projects.

Levelling-up should include societal aspects of prosperity

The Legatum Institute has published an assessment of institutional, economic, and social well-being across the country’s 379 local authorities.

Public want NHS at centre of ‘build back better’ plans

A survey has found that more than half of the British public want the government to focus on the NHS as part of its ‘building back better’ pledge.

Coronavirus public inquiry to be held in spring 2022

Boris Johnson has told MPs that an independent public inquiry into the handling of the coronavirus pandemic will be held in spring 2022.

'We Offer Testing to our Staff' scheme launched

A new scheme for businesses offering workplace testing for staff through NHS Test and Trace has been launched across the UK.

Easing of lockdown restrictions confirmed for 17 May

In his 10 May coronavirus press conference the Prime Minister confirmed that the planned Step 3 easements will go ahead on 17 May.

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