New Buckinghamshire Council begins operations

The new unitary Buckinghamshire Council had come into existence, replacing the existing local councils in the region.

£195m to help physical activity through coronavirus

Sport England is making up to £195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the coronavirus crisis.

Children commissioner calls for volunteer social workers

Anne Longfield has called for an army of volunteers to help support children’s social care during the coronavirus crisis.

Increase grant levels to boost social housing investment

The Chartered Institute of Housing has warned that grant levels for new social housing in England have fallen dangerously low.

Scotland’s 50,000 affordable homes target a challenge to meet

There remains a real challenge for the Scottish government and the housing sector to deliver 50,000 affordable homes by March of next year.

National Living Wage rate increases

The National Living Wage will increase to £8.72, giving a pay rise to thousands of workers at the frontline of the UK’s response to coronavirus.

£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.

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