Government must support public services, say unions

A new campaign has been launched highlighting how public services cannot continue with the underfunding of the past decade.

Millions could be asked to shield again

Millions of people who are at risk of serious illness from coronavirus could be asked to start shielding again if infection rates continue to rise.

Food bank use forecast to rise this winter

New research from the Trussell Trust shows that food banks are forecast to give out six emergency food parcels a minute this winter.

Fill public service vacancies to cut unemployment rate

A new report has outlined proposals for a public sector jobs drive to stave off mass unemployment and help the coronavirus recovery.

Wales seeks more working remotely arrangements

The Welsh Government has stated its long-term ambition to see around 30 per cent of Welsh workers working from home or near from home.

Pension Credit shortfalls costing £4bn per year

The failure to deliver Pension Credit to older people who are entitled to it is costing the health system an estimated £4 billion per year.

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.

Consider targeted extensions to Furlough Scheme

The government should consider a targeted extension of its furlough scheme to prevent mass long-term unemployment, says MPs.

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.

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