Academy failures on funds damaging education

MPs have warned over a succession of high-profile academy failures that have been costly to the taxpayer and damaging to children’s education.

Cross-government suicide prevention plan published

The first cross-government suicide prevention plan has been published, with a focus on how social media can identify those at risk of suicide.

Clean Air Charging Zone gets green light in Leeds

Leeds City Council has been given more than £29 million in funding from the government to implement a Clean Air Charging Zone in the city.

Government publishes domestic abuse bill

The government has published its draft Domestic Abuse Bill to help support victims and their families and pursuing offenders.

Sustained improvement for Birmingham’s children’s services

An Ofsted inspection has judged children’s social care services in Birmingham as ‘requires improvement to be good’.

‘Rebalanced' deal pledged for schools in tough areas

A proposed new inspection framework is seeking to rebalance the process to make sure that young people receive the best teaching possible.

Oversight of the local gov system needs improving

The government must improve its oversight of the local governance system to help councils cope with increasing pressures, says NAO.

Campaign launched to end outsourcing of public services

The GMB has launched a Go Public campaign to end drive to outsource public services as it warns that the government hasn’t learned its lesson.

Affordable homes in north west a third of needed number

The number of affordable homes built across the North West since 2015 is 70 per cent off target.

Major rethink necessary to meet EV target

Outdated energy and infrastructure policies must urgently be modernised if the government's zero-emission vehicle target is to be met.

Government urged to appoint Minister for Hunger

MPs have said that the government should appoint a Minister for Hunger to ensure action on malnutrition and hunger.

Increased pensions protections for local gov workers

The government has proposede that public sector workers will receive increased pensions protections in the event their job is outsourced.

New penalties in fight against waste crime

Thérèse Coffey has announced new financial penalties to crack down on fly-tipping, with offenders facing penalties of up to £400.

Funding for 900 new children’s social workers

The government has revealed plans to fund 900 places on the Frontline children’s social work training programme up to 2021.

New roads should prioritise pedestrians and cyclists

NICE has advised that pedestrians, cyclists and those who use public transport should be given priority when new roads are built or upgraded.

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