Council libraries should do more to encourage e-readers

A report from Better Connected, the annual survey of local authority website performance, has called on council library services to do more to make it easier for people to sign up and use their e-books, e-magazines and e-audio services.

Britain’s arts industry will play a key role in promoting the country abroad post Brexit, the Culture Secretary has said.

Education Secretary Justine Greening has announced a £50 million grant scheme to provide thousands of new childcare places.

In a speech to the Charity Commission, Prime Minister Theresa May has promised that the government will take an active role in tackling ‘everyday injustices’ and building a ‘shared society’.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has said that plans to boost apprenticeship funding in England will hit school budgets, with small council schools most ta risk, say town hall bosses.

The Birmingham Mac has been hit by a 70 per cent cut to its council funding, as part of major reductions inflicted on the city's arts by its local authority.

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Integration has called on the government to make it a requirement for immigrants to learn English before coming to the UK, in a report into how the UK’s immigration system could more effectively promote integration.

Oxfordshire County Council has agreed to waive the rents of children's centres run by community groups for up to a year if they face closure.

The government's failure to develop ‘credible’ plans to improve child protection is leaving children ‘at risk of harm’, a report claims.

Major relationship support providers may not be sufficiently reaching families in or at risk of poverty, a new report claims.

More must be done to the address the imbalance in arts funding between London and the rest of the country, a report suggests.

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.

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