Urgent action needed to prevent air pollution rising

With toxic air set to rise significantly, Centre for Cities is urging councils to press ahead with their stalled pollution reduction plans.

Decisive decade of progress on climate change needed

The Climate Change Committee has warned that the 2020s must be the decisive decade of progress and action on climate change.

Government must improve housing for older people

A new survey shows that nearly 90 per cent of people think that the government should widen housing options for older people.

200,000 discounted Starter Homes promise abandoned

The MHCLG never put in place the necessary laws to make their affordable homes initiative a reality, says PAC.

Tracing positive cases less successful in more deprived areas

A smaller proportion of positive coronavirus cases and their contacts are traced in more deprived areas than in less deprived areas. 

A million people regularly struggling to pay for food

More than a million of the UK’s poorest people are regularly struggling to pay for food and are in 'severe financial trouble'.

Public health cuts worse in north than south

The poorest parts of England have seen the biggest cuts to councils' public health budgets, a new study from the IPPR North suggests.

Testing for care home visitors in Scotland underway

Coronavirus testing for designated visitors of care home residents will start this week with a trial across five Scottish local authority areas.

500 hectare planting boost for Community Forests

Over 500 hectares will be planted with trees across England’s 10 Community Forests, backed by £12.1 million of investment.

Spend on British libraries drops by nearly £20m

CIPFA has revealed that total spending on libraries in Great Britain decreased by nearly £20 million over the last financial year.

High needs system for further education is not working

A new report has claimed that the high needs system for further education is not working and requires a radical shake-up.

New 2030 climate target set by the government

The Prime Minister has announced a new ambitious target to reduce the UK’s emissions by at least 68 per cent by 2030, compared to 1990 levels

Local contact tracing system launched in Leeds

A new local contact tracing system for Leeds is set to boost the city’s efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Community testing for tier 3 regions announced

Details have been set out by the government to help local areas detect asymptomatic cases and offer a route out of the toughest restrictions.

Food bank users having money taken for benefit payments

Nearly half of households surveyed at food banks during the summer owed money to the DWP due to loans and overpayments of benefits.

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