Councils chop down 60 trees a day
Figures obtained under Freedom of Information requests reveal that more than 150,000 trees have been removed from urban highways by councils since 2010. Campaigners have warned councils are felling trees to save money.

Two million workers receive 4 per cent pay rise
Minimum pay for workers aged 25 and over is rising by more than 4 per cent as the National Living Wage increases from £7.20 an hour to £7.50. The increase is expected to cost councils’ social care services £360 million in the coming financial year.

15 big changes to your finances from this April
A BBC feature explores how household budgets will be further stretched as dozens of items including water bills, council tax, NHS charges, and some broadband and energy charges all rise from today.

NHS to create 150 urgent treatment centres
Up to 150 urgent treatment centres will be created in the next two years to take the strain off overcrowded A&E units, Simon Stevens said yesterday. The NHS boss said the centres will be open for 12 hours every day of the week and be staffed by GPs, other doctors and nurses.

Private care resident fees subsidise poorer pensioners
Private care home residents are paying nearly £10,000 a year to subsidise state-supported residents because councils are struggling to afford to pay their fees, the Communities and Local Government Select Committee has warned. It found 96 per cent of people who paid for private care were spending an average of 43 per cent more than their state-funded neighbours.

Sats for seven-year-olds set to be scrapped
National tests taken by seven-year-olds in England could be scrapped under new government plans. The statutory tests in English, maths and spelling and grammar, are used to monitor schools' progress.

Millions of vulnerable customers 'being ripped off' for basic services
More than four million disabled and elderly customers have been ripped off for essential services while watchdogs have failed to protect them, the National Audit Office has said. It warned regulators must do more to stop energy, water, insurance and telecoms providers preying on vulnerable customers, including disabled people who are reportedly paying up to £550 more a month for basic services than other customers with a similar usage.

400,000 extra phone masts needed to bring 5g network to rural Britain
Rolling out high speed mobile phone coverage and internet to rural Britain will require at least 400,000 extra masts, experts have predicted. The Institution of Engineering and Technology, King's College London, and the universities of Surrey and Sussex, warned that people living in the countryside may have to accept 80 foot (25 metre) masts if they want to catch up and enjoy the service, which is faster than the 4G one.