Broadband boost for rural counties

A quarter of a million rural homes and businesses have been given access to more financial help to get top-of-the-range broadband speeds.

Councils risk losing millions in commercial investments

Research has revealed the risks of the multi-billion pound council commercial property portfolio, with some yields coming in at millions below forecasts.

NHS COVID-19 app to launch on 24 September

The NHS COVID-19 app will launch on 24 September in England and Wales, including measures including QR check-in at venues.

West Yorkshire approves devolution deal

All five West Yorkshire councils and the Combined Authority have given their approval for the landmark West Yorkshire devolution deal.

Contraception services damaged by coronavirus

A group of MPs have warned that the coronavirus pandemic has made a ‘difficult situation even worse’ for women trying to access contraception.

New partnership to promote transition to a net zero economy

The Solar Trade Association, Renewable UK and techUK have announced a new partnership to promote the transition to a net zero economy.

New comprehensive support for renters this winter

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has confirmed new measures to support renters affected by coronavirus over autumn and winter.

Law change needed for children in unregulated accommodation

Anne Longfield is calling for the government to change the law to stop councils placing under 18s in care in unregulated accommodation.

Inadequate sick pay undermining Test and Trace

The TUC has warned that the NHS Test and Trace system risks failure unless ministers boost Statutory Sick Pay and ensure everyone is eligible for it.

£30m to support economic recovery in Scotland

All of Scotland’s 32 local authorities will receive a share of £30 million of new investment for regeneration and town centres.

Local health officials want more control over testing

Local public health leaders are demanding greater control over the coronavirus testing system following mixed messages about tests’ availability.

Path to net zero depends on political consensus

The Citizens’ Assembly on climate change has urged for clear, internally consistent path for how the UK can reach net zero emissions by 2050.

£30 million boost to help unlock land for new homes

The government is boosting its Land Release Fund and the One Public Estate programme with an additional £30 million.

The Green Party has re-elected Jonathan Bartley and Sian Berry as co-leaders following an internal election this summer.

Highways England to invest £9m in EV scheme

Highways England is encouraging businesses to make the switch to electric by investing over £9 million in a ‘try before you buy’ scheme.