Cyber security delays at local level, despite rising risk

Reform has claimed that the next cyber security strategy must play a more active role in enforcing standards across the country.

Ditch Serco and let councils run contact tracing

Labour is urging the government to ditch Serco and let councils and local public health teams run contact tracing.

LGA calls for restoration of £1.7bn early intervention funding

Cuts to early intervention funding in the past decade must be urgently reversed as councils prepare for a surge in demand for support for young people.

New report warns of supersize council dangers

A new report has warned that moves to create supersize councils would result in local government ‘ceasing to exist’.

Leeds’ Clean Air Zone no longer required

Leeds’ planned Clean Air Zone is no longer required thanks to businesses switching to cleaner vehicles faster than expected.

Record number of Green Flag Awards this year

A total of 2,061 places have achieved the Green Flag Award this year, showcasing how much we value our local parks and green spaces.

Child poverty has risen in the Midlands and North

End Child Poverty coalition says that child poverty has risen most sharply in parts of the Midlands and Northern towns and cities.

Overhaul to adoption system needed, says Williamson

To mark National Adoption Week, the Education Secretary has called for an overhaul of the ‘overly bureaucratic’ adoption system.

Sir Kier Starmer calls for circuit breaker

Labour leader Sir Kier Starmer has called for a short lockdown or ‘circuit-breaker’ in England of two to three weeks.

Cyber attack on Hackney Council

Hackney Council has announced that it has been the target of a serious cyber attack, which is affecting many of its services and IT systems.

‘Hardest to reach' may hold a key to pandemic recovery

A new report has argued that the so-called 'hardest to reach' may hold a key to pandemic recovery, but are not being listened to.

Demand for free school meals experiences sharp rise

There has been extremely high demand for Free School Meals this Autumn, highlighting the hard-hitting socio-economic consequences of coronavirus.

Doctors call for stronger coronavirus measures

Doctors have called for clearer additional coronavirus measures, including making the wearing of face masks mandatory in all offices.

Plans to hand contact tracing to local gov 'too late'

Plans to hand greater control of Covid-19 contact tracing to town halls will come too late, say public health officials.

Towns Fund constituency funding questioned

Robert Jenrick has admitted that he and Jake Berry approved payments to towns in each other’s constituencies from a fund earmarked for deprived areas.