Coronavirus: Academisation should be put on hold

Academy conversions should be suspended to help over-stretched councils focus on supporting schools to stay open, says LGA.

Coronavirus likely to boost UK’s rare wildflowers

Rare wildflowers could start to bloom during the coronavirus lockdown because many councils are leaving roadside verges uncut.

Dementia patients abandoned during coronavirus crisis

Hundreds of thousands of people with dementia in care homes are being abandoned during coronavirus crisis, says charity.

Councils need urgent and sustainable PPE supply

There is a desperate need for more personal protective equipment for frontline council and care services across the country.

£750 million coronavirus funding for frontline charities

Charities will receive a £750 million package of support to ensure they can continue their vital work during the coronavirus outbreak.

Renewables powering more electricity than any other source

New data has shown that 45 per cent of electricity generation between January and March came from renewables.

NHS tech helping patients connect with loved ones

NHSX is working with technology firms to help at-risk and isolated people access companionship during the coronavirus outbreak.

Rural counties see spike in coronavirus cases

As weekly rates in London slow, new coronavirus cases in English counties have started to sharply catch up with urban hotspots.

TfL to trial safer boarding on London's buses

Transport for London will trial middle-door only boarding in buses to help keep public transport and its staff safe for staff.

School closures play only 'marginal' role in containing coronavirus

A new study has suggested that school closures do not appear to have a significant effect on the spread of coronavirus.

£50 million to help heritage sector through coronavirus

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has put together a £50 million fund in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

£1.3 million fund to support tourism destinations

Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston has launched a new emergency fund to support local tourism organisations throughout the coronavirus outbreak.

Councils face lawsuits over lockdown education access

The government must ensure pupils from poor backgrounds have internet connections during the coronavirus lockdown or face legal action.

No exercise for quarter of people at home

University College London has revealed that one in four people say they have had no exercise or even gentle physical activity in the past day.

New digital mental health help in Manchester

A new response on mental health has been launched to complement work already happening at a local level in Greater Manchester.