Leisure centre closures to cost £7.25m in missed health savings

Closing gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools is costing the UK £7.25 million in lost social value for every week of lockdown.

Net Zero plan needed to smooth transition for Red Wall regions

Nearly ten million jobs from carbon-intensive industries could be disrupted in the next three decades as a result of the transition to net zero.

Physical activity plan needed for latest lockdown

ukactive has called for a physical activity plan as new lockdowns threaten the physical and mental well-being of people in the UK.

Councils call for urgent clarity on this year’s local elections

England’s largest councils have urged the government to provide urgent clarity on the local elections scheduled for May.

Coventry and Oxford to be first all-electric bus cities

Grant Shapps has announced that Coventry and Oxford are developing proposals to become the first parts of the UK to run all-electric bus services.

Four out of five people support new national lockdown

New polling has shown that 79 per cent of adults in England support the new national lockdown.

UNISON calls for nurseries to close during lockdown

UNISON has said that pre-schools, including nurseries, must be closed except to educate the children of key workers and those who are vulnerable.

£4.6bn in new lockdown grants to support businesses

Rishi Sunak has announced that businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors are to receive a one-off grant worth up to £9,000.

Johnson welcomes uplift in key public sector jobs

The Prime Minister has reaffirmed his commitment to boost the numbers of public sector workers as part of the government’s drive to build back better in 2021.

Starmer calls for immediate lockdown in England

Keir Starmer has urged the Prime Minister to impose a new national lockdown within the next 24 hours to tackle the ‘out of control’ coronavirus.

2025 broadband target unlikely to be met, say MPs

The government risks failing to meet its revised-down target for gigabit-capable broadband in the face of challenges to infrastructure roll-out.

Councils anticipating closure of childcare providers

More than half of local authorities believe local childcare providers will permanently close as a result of childcare support being withdrawn.

Seven councils to get Digital Connectivity fundings

The Local Government Association has announced funding for seven councils which will help them to improve local and regional connectivity.

Public support for making Universal Credit uplift permanent

The Health Foundation is calling on the government to make permanent its temporary increase to Universal Credit of £20 per week.

Starmer pledges to ‘push power closer to people’

Labour has outlined how the next Labour government will spread power out of Westminster and to the British people.

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