If the government does not act urgently to halt drastic funding cuts, local authorities could see 340 public libraries close in the next five years

The Local Government Association has urged the government to reverse the planned £600 million funding cut to the the education services grant.

Local authorities are being urged to consider how they can best use libraries when delivering vital public services.

The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) has called on MPs to support plans to ensure all children from poor backgrounds are automatically registered fro free school meals.

Birmingham City Council's children's services have been rated as ‘inadequate’, marking no change in rating since 2008.

County Durham Council has claimed that resolving a dispute over teaching assistants pay would cost millions of pounds and ‘hundreds of jobs’.

The £600 million reduction proposed to the Education Services Grant should be reversed, the LGA has argued.

Swindon Council has responded to an open Ofsted letter which criticised the ‘poor performance’ of the city’s schools, claiming it did not recognise the claims.

A report from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has warned that over 20 per cent of UK business leaders believe their employees had been forced to reduce their hours as a result of the high costs of childcare.

The government’s plans to cut the Education Services Grant is the equivalent to 'academisation by the back door’, the CNN has said.

The Commons Justice Committee has said that more attention should be paid towards measures to prevent offenders aged 18-25 from reoffending.

The Sixth Form Colleges Association's (SFCA) annual survey has suggested that two thirds of colleges have been forced to drop courses due to funding pressures.

The Tinder Foundation has argued that libraries should not receive an automatic ‘get out of austerity free’ card in the face of closures.

The NSPCC has joined forces with three London boroughs to raise awareness of the signs of child neglect and where to find help.

Nursery providers have warned that increased demand for a new free 30-hour childcare scheme will mean many nurseries are likely to ‘go bust’.

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