£22bn grants and business rates package for high streets

Thousands of high street companies are beginning to receive £25,000 cash grants and will be exempt from business rates.

Young people’s mental health hit by coronavirus

Over 80 per cent of young people with a history of mental ill health have found their conditions have worsened since the coronavirus crisis.

‘Children of the pandemic’ risk becoming unseen victims

Urgent intervention is needed to ensure that millions of children are not unfairly disadvantaged by the measures to combat the coronavirus crisis.

Essential bus services need rescue package

Bus services will struggle to survive the coronavirus outbreak without emergency rescue funding, says LGA.

Voucher scheme launches for free school meals

Children eligible for free school meals will benefit from a voucher scheme allowing them to continue to access meals whilst they stay at home.

Second round of Urban Tree Challenge Fund opens

The Forestry Commission has opened the second round of the Urban Tree Challenge Fund, to help increase tree numbers in urban areas.

Crack down on false coronavirus information online

The government has announced that specialist units are working at pace to combat false and misleading narratives about coronavirus.

NHS staff to get free bus travel in Wales

NHS staff will receive free travel on buses throughout Wales in return for hardship funding over the next three months.

750,000 volunteers recruited to tackle coronavirus

The number of people committing to join the NHS coronavirus effort is three times higher than initially targeted.

End 'unacceptable' attacks on council staff

The LGA is growing increasingly concerned about ‘unacceptable’ attacks on council workers carrying out essential social distancing duties.

Coronavirus: Additional online mental health support

People struggling with their mental health during the coronavirus outbreak will be offered additional online support.

Clinically vulnerable receive first food parcels

Robert Jenrick has announced that the first food boxes have been delivered to those vulnerable people being shielded from coronavirus.

Coronavirus: councils warn of changes to local services

England’s largest councils are warning that residents will see major short-term changes to local services in the fight against coronavirus.

Coronavirus lockdown causes air pollution drop

The shutdown across the UK caused by the coronavirus outbreak has led to big drops in air pollution across major cities.

Coronavirus: ChildLine reveals ‘unprecedented’ demand

There has been a sharp rise in the number of calls to its helpline from distressed young people struggling to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

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