Pre-school childcare scheme for critical workers in Wales

The Welsh Government is launching a coronavirus childcare assistance scheme to support Wales’ critical workers.

Free school meal vouchers to continue over Easter

The government has announced that the free school voucher scheme will be extended in England over the two-week Easter holiday.

Community pharmacies lack capacity to deliver medicines

Local pharmacies do not have the capacity to deliver vital medicines to hundreds of ‘at risk’ people in rural areas.

NHS army of volunteers to start protecting the vulnerable

Hundreds of thousands of NHS Volunteer Responders will be able to report for duty and start helping the NHS in its fight against coronavirus.

Starmer announced as new Labour leader

Sir Keir Starmer has vowed to lead Labour ‘into a new era with confidence and hope’ after being named leader of the party in a ballot.

Most waste services continuing collections undeterred

All but a few councils are still managing providing collection services for domestic residual waste as normal.

Library memberships rise by 600 per cent

Libraries have seen an increase in newly registered users of more than 600 per cent since lockdown measures were introduced.

New powers for councils to hold public meetings remotely

Councils have been handed new powers to hold public meetings virtually by using video or telephone conferencing technology.

£400 million to keep England’s buses running

England’s buses will receive a funding boost totalling £397 million to help them continue serving those who rely on them.

Nearly a million universal credit claims in past fortnight

As the coronavirus pandemic has worsened, nearly a million people have applied for universal credit benefits in the past fortnight.

Councils warn over ‘wave of waste’

Concerns over spiralling household waste have prompted councils to issue a plea to residents to minimise the rubbish they throw away.

10 year Public Sector Geospatial Agreement signed

The Geospatial Commission has announced that it is increasing the location data available to the public sector across England and Wales.

Biggest changes to building safety ‘in a generation’

Robert Jenrick has announced steps to further reform the building safety system to ensure residents are safe in their homes.

Collaboration launched to support cultural organisations

The LGA is collaborating with Arts Council England to help support cultural organisations to deal with the current coronavirus situation.

Review launched to make Bristol autism-friendly

Bristol City Council has commissioned a non-statutory review of services to help Bristol become a more autism-friendly city.