Sue Robb of 4Children talks to Julie Laughton and Alison Britton from the Department for Education about the role of childminders in delivering the 30 hours free entitlement.
300 local authorities bid for high streets fundings
More than 300 local authorities across the country have bid for a share of the £675 million Future High Streets Fund to transform their local high streets.
High Streets Minister Jake Berry has welcomed the positive response to the Future High Streets Fund as evidence of the appetite across the country to re-imagine and reinvent our town centres and high streets. Up to £55 million of the fund has also been allocated to support the regeneration of heritage high streets.
Launched in December 2018, the £675 million Future High Streets Fund will help local leaders implement bold new visions to transform their town centres and make them fit for the future with co-funding to consolidate properties on the high street, improve transport and access into town centres and convert retail units into new homes.
Berry said: “More than 300 bids to the Future High Streets Fund is a fantastic response and shows the passion across the country to meet the challenges facing our high streets head-on. The government has the power to set the direction but those on the ground know best.
“I look forward to reviewing the innovative proposals from local leaders to transform our high streets and town centres and make them fit for the future. We’re determined to ensure high streets continue sit at the heart of our communities for generations to come. Our Future High Streets Fund will sit front and centre of our Plan for the High Street as we work to achieve this aim.”