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.

Councils could spend £1.7bn over budget by March

Nine in 10 major local authorities in England do not have enough money to cover their spending plans this year.

June 2021 launch date for Birmingham CAZ

Birmingham's Clean Air Zone has been given an approved launch date of June 2021 by the government, following several delays.

Half of schools cannot offer on-site mental-health counselling

Only half of teachers say their school can offer pupils on-site mental health counselling in wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

£24 million in green technologies for Leeds council homes

Leeds City Council has announced a transformational new programme to improve council housing and cut the city’s carbon footprint.

Government grants poor value for money

Councils received at least 448 individual government grants between 2015-19 in an increasingly ‘fragmented’ use of public funding.

Government must hand power down to level up, says LGiU

Power must be rebalanced around the needs of local places to achieve the government’s aim of levelling up, says news LGiU report.

Local approach needed to bring down infection rates

Four Core City UK leaders and mayors have written to Health Secretary Matt Hancock calling for a local approach to bring down infection rates.

Coronavirus enforcement boosted with £60m funding

Local councils will receive additional funding to step up their enforcement of coronavirus rules to help tackle a rise in infections.

Inquiry launched to scrutinise response to coronavirus

Two Select Committees have launched a joint inquiry into lessons to be learned from the response to the coronavirus pandemic so far.