Wales pledges £5m for mental health in schools

Kirsty Williams has announced £3.75 million of funding for mental health in schools that will include new support for children under the age of 11.

Councils call for ‘income guarantee’ to help with coronavirus

Leaders of England’s largest councils have called on the government to introduce a ‘£5 billion income guarantee’ for local authorities.

HS2 project managers ‘blindsided by contact with reality’

The High Speed 2 rail project has gone ‘badly off course’, with ministers unable to rule out further cost increases and delays.

£600 million support package for care homes

A new £600 million Infection Control Fund has been introduced to tackle the spread of coronavirus in care homes.

Public urged to ‘think twice’ before travelling to beauty spots

Councils covering rural and coastal areas have urged the public to ‘think twice’ before travelling to do exercise in country parks and beaches.

Hygiene concerns leave 1,000s anxious about work return

A third of office workers are concerned about getting used to a corporate office culture again after the lockdown. 

Government planning to quietly scrap homeless scheme

The government’s funding of an emergency programme to house rough sleepers in hotels during the coronavirus pandemic is to be scrapped.

Young people need more support during lockdown

New research has revealed that many indicators of poor mental health and well-being are amplified in young people during lockdown.

Councillors call for free school meals during holidays

Councillors across England have written to the government calling for free school meals to be provided over the half-term and summer breaks.

London’s lockdown eases with car-free zones

Sadiq Khan has announced plans to transform parts of central London into one of the largest car-free zones in any capital city in the world.

Council seeks to improve public safety post-lockdown

Cheshire West and Chester Council has partnered with ATG Access to make the city an even safer place to visit and live.

Pressure growing for clarification for when playgrounds can re-open

The government should set out the phase in which a return to children’s outdoor play in playgrounds will be considered.

Councils need powers to close schools amid clusters

Councils will need the power to close schools or nurseries if testing indicates clusters of new coronavirus cases.

Road and railway investment to support economic recovery

Journeys on local roads, railways and motorways will be smoother and safer thanks to a multi-billion-pound infrastructure package.

Re-opening schools guidance lacks detail, says union

A Teachers’ Union has reviewed the guidance issued by the government and is highlighting serious and fundamental concerns with it.