Essex announces £300m budget spending plan

Essex County Council’s budget proposals for 2018/19 include investment in the region’s roads, schools and homes.

Children's services receive referral every 49 seconds

The LGA has revealed that there were 646,120 referrals to councils’ children’s services during 2016/17, equaling one referral every 49 seconds.

Early Years Hubs to be rolled out in London

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has confirmed that Newham, Wandsworth & Merton and Barnet will host the first of his Early Years Hubs.

Thumbs up for Hertfordshire’s children’s centres

98 per cent of parents who have attended their local centre in Hertfordshire in the last 12 months were satisfied with the service provided.

Improvement recognised in Manchester’s children's services

Ofsted inspectors have recognised significant improvements to children’s services in Manchester, ruling that some services are no longer ‘inadequate.’

Worcestershire celebrates library visit success

The amount of people visiting Worcestershire's libraries in 2016/17 are up by almost 60,000, showcasing positive trends against a poorer national average.

One million children in poverty to miss out on free school meals

One million children living in poverty in England will miss out on free school meals under new universal credit proposals.

Energy scheme saves Cambridgeshire schools thousands

Schools across Cambridgeshire are collectively saving £600,000 per year as part of Cambridgeshire County Council’s energy generation programme.

£66m spending drop on public libraries in a year

Local government funding squeeze is taking its toll on libraries with total expenditure on council-run libraries fell by £66 million.

National Transfer Scheme to be expanded

A scheme ensuring that the care responsibilities of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children is shared by local authorities is to be extended.

Proposals for community libraries and centres agreed in Lancashire

Lancashire County Council will transfer ownership of five buildings to local groups, seeing two independent community-run libraries established.

Aberdeen may pursue school holiday meals initiative

A project which provides free meals for children during school holidays could be expanded by Aberdeen City Council after a successful pilot scheme.

Social worker accreditation system plans revealed

Robert Goodwill has announced that five local authorities will be involved in the initial roll out of the NAAS for social workers.

More West Sussex schools join renewables project

Two schools in Crawley and Horsham are the latest to join the West Sussex County Council Solar Power for Schools programme.

Community libraries gets council backing in Bath

Proposals to develop community libraries have been backed by Bath & North East Somerset Council who plan to keep the mobile service operating.

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