Whole of North East in Tier 3 lockdown

The government has revealed the full list of local restriction tiers by area from 2 December 2020.

Climate campaigners question policies in Spending Review

The Chancellor has been accused of undermining the government’s ‘green’ vision by pushing ahead with a heavily funded roads programme.

Additional roads funding announced by Chancellor

Delivering his Spending Review, Chancellor Rishi Sunak promised £1.7 billion for local road repairs maintenance and upgrades.

£16.5 million Youth Covid-19 Support Fund announced

An emergency funding package to protect the immediate future of national youth organisations has been announced by the government.

Rough sleepers may be forced into the cold to avoid infection

Some people sleeping rough in some areas could be forced to stay out in the cold this winter to avoid a risk of infection in unsafe settings.

Drone deliveries could connect UK’s rural communities

Drone deliveries and digital mapping for easy-to-access walking and cycling routes could soon be a reality for people living in rural areas.

Increased demand for children’s services after lockdown

Over 630 vulnerable young people a day were being referred to councils’ children’s services in the months after the first lockdown.

Spending Review must prevent local service cutbacks

The Local Government Association has said that securing the immediate sustainability of local services must be the top priority for the Spending Review.

Johnson gives detail of Covid Winter Plan

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has provided further details of the government’s Covid Winter Plan to MPs, setting out post-lockdown rules.

London boroughs call for social care funding boost

London Councils has that adult social care should receive the same funding increases as the NHS to safeguard London’s future resilience.

Leisure centres to go under without further rescue funding

Leisure centres closed again due to coronavirus may never re-open unless government brings forward a financial rescue package to save the sector.

Temporary visitor ‘pods’ for care homes in Wales

Temporary ‘pods’ are being provided to care homes across Wales to better facilitate visits over Christmas and the winter months.

£150m extra spending expected for homelessness

Rishi Sunak is expected to use the upcoming Spending Review to tackle homelessness after coronavirus with a multimillion-pound funding boost.

Public health funding boost needed, say councils

The LGA says that coronavirus has exposed existing health inequalities which need to be levelled up if we are to protect our communities in future.

Councils ‘braced for second wave of homelessness’

Local authorities are anticipating a second wave of homelessness of people hit by the coronavirus pandemic’s economic fall out.