March, 2021

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Stay local from 2 April

Cautious easing of lockdown as more services to open from 5 April. People across Scotland can make non-essential journeys in their local authority area from Friday 2 April when a requirement to Stay Local will replace the Stay at Home... (Continue reading)

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New freedoms to support high streets and fast track delivery of schools and hospitals across England introduced today

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick announces package of measures to revitalise England’s cherished high streets and town centres. New planning law enables unused commercial buildings to be changed into homes Will provide much-needed new homes across England and attract footfall to... (Continue reading)

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Over £30 million government investment to boost batteries and hydrogen vehicles

Pioneering research into battery technology, the electric vehicle supply chain and hydrogen vehicles is to be backed by over £30 million of government funding. £9.4 million of government funding for 22 studies to develop innovative automotive technology, including hydrogen vehicles... (Continue reading)

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Kick-start for summer school and activities

Young people in England will benefit from a series of summer activities and academic opportunities targeted at those who have suffered the most disruption to their education as a result of the pandemic. The government has today (Tuesday 30 March)... (Continue reading)

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Disability charities benefit from £2.4 million fund

The money will fund services to provide practical support for disabled children, set up and expand helplines, and provide mental health and wellbeing support. Charities supporting disabled people, autistic people and those with a learning disability set to benefit Money... (Continue reading)

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Government boosts energy efficiency spending to £1.3 billion with extra funding for green homes

£300 million extra funding for green home upgrades, bringing total spending on energy efficiency measures to £1.3 billion new funding delivered through local authorities in England will help lower income households to cut emissions and save money on bills, helping... (Continue reading)

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30 million people in UK receive first dose of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

More than 33 million jabs administered overall as drive to vaccinate people with second doses accelerates Over 95% of people aged 60 and over have been vaccinated with first dose in England Everyone over 50 or those who are clinically... (Continue reading)

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New vaccine advice for adults living with adults who are immunosuppressed

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised the government to prioritise people for the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine who are over 16 and living with adults who have weakened immune systems, such as those with blood cancer, HIV... (Continue reading)

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£1 million voucher scheme to help families resolve disputes outside of court

Separating parents will be helped to avoid stressful court battles through a new million-pound mediation scheme launched by the government today (26 March 2021). 2,000 families to be given £500 towards costs of mediation – provided by government for the... (Continue reading)

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Next phase of £165 million programme for vulnerable families launched

Successful programme to support vulnerable families launches its next phase, backed by £165 million in funding for 2021 to 2022. Over 400,000 vulnerable families supported to build brighter futures since 2015. Number of children going into care reduced through the... (Continue reading)

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