London’s homeless pushed back onto streets

More than one in five rough sleepers placed in hotels during the first lockdown last year ended up leaving the accommodation because of poor support.

Asymptomatic testing to be rolled out by councils

The government has said that rapid, regular testing for people without symptoms of coronavirus will be made available across the country.

Starmer calls for council tax increase to be abandoned

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has said that expected council tax rises should be scrapped to ease the pressure on family budgets.

£3.2 million to drive community climate action in Scotland

Communities across Scotland are to benefit from fast-tracked funding to help tackle climate change and deliver a green recovery from the pandemic.

Johnson pledges £3bn to climate change solutions

The UK will commit at least £3 billion to climate change solutions that protect and restore nature and biodiversity over five years.

Additional protections for rough sleepers and renters 

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced extra support to help protect rough sleepers and renters from the effects of coronavirus.

Thousands of homeless promised housing slip off the radar

Thousands of homeless people promised permanent housing after the first wave of coronavirus have now slipped off the radar without any state support.

UK likely to miss 2025 target for full-fibre broadband rollout

MPs have criticised the ‘litany’ of failures from DCMS which has meant that business and homes in rural areas could be locked out of gigabit broadband.

New measures to help leaseholders extend leases

Millions of leaseholders will be given the right to extend their lease by a maximum term of 990 years at zero ground rent.

‘Shocking disparity’ for blue badge parking permit approvals

Scores of councils have lower approval rates for non-visible disabilities applications compared to those for physical impairments.

Leisure centre closures to cost £7.25m in missed health savings

Closing gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools is costing the UK £7.25 million in lost social value for every week of lockdown.

Net Zero plan needed to smooth transition for Red Wall regions

Nearly ten million jobs from carbon-intensive industries could be disrupted in the next three decades as a result of the transition to net zero.

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