£743 million funding drop for early children’s services

Statistics on children’s services have revealed that budgets for ‘early intervention’ children’s services have dropped by £743 million in the last five years.

Labour pledges enhanced 30-hour childcare scheme

Jeremy Corbyn is expected to announce a pledge to extend the government’s 30 hours of free childcare programme.

Recycling post code lottery leads to poor rates

A postcode lottery of different schemes has led to more than 80 per cent of waste not being sent for recycling in some areas.

Poorer areas have lost out on £1bn since 2010

Council leaders have united to campaign against austerity only for the most deprived areas of the country.

Labour to make no more academies pledge

Angela Rayner is set to tell the Labour Party conference in Liverpool that the current school system is ‘simply not fit for purpose’.

Brexit voting towns most likely to suffer

Towns who were more likely to vote leave in the EU referendum are the areas of the UK that could lose most from the Brexit process.

Rotherham commissioners removed following intervention

The government has announced that its intervention in Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council is to end on 24 September.

Khan backs second referendum on Brexit

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has joined calls for the British public to get a final say on Brexit, urging for a national vote on any deal.

£1 billion housing delivery fund launched

James Brokenshire has announced a new partnership with Barclays Bank to provide £1 billion of loan finance for the delivery of new homes.

Councils forced to cut preventive services

Cash-strapped councils across England are struggling to provide services for rising numbers of people facing disadvantage.

Voter ID plans ‘the wrong priority’ for government

New report warns that current plans to impose voter ID is a very ‘expensive distraction’ from the serious threats facing our democracy.

One Yorkshire devolution deal backed by councils

Leaders of 18 Yorkshire local authorities have agreed to submit a detailed proposal to government to deliver a One Yorkshire devolution deal.

Last mile delivery bikes gain new funding

The Department for Transport has announced £2 million of funding to support the uptake of e-cargo bikes.

Sturgeon sets out government’s annual priorities

Nicola Sturgeon set out details of 12 new bills in her ‘programme for government’, including mental health funding and infrastructure plans.

£6 million for English language learning

The government has announced a £6 million programme that will help adults learn to speak English and better integrate into British life.

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