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.

Second Lancashire library reopens

Lancashire County Council has announced that a second library has reopened to the public under a flagship programme.

Hertfordshire signals next stage off libraries plans

Councillors in Hertfordshire have given the green light to the new priorities for the region’s libraries for 2018 - 2021.

New children’s mental health service in Cambridge

Peterborough City Council has overseen plans for a new service to support young people with their well-being and mental health.

Manchester Library

A consortium, including Manchester City Council, has been successful in its bid to join global UNESCO Cities of Literature network.

Lack of funding damaging children services

Two-thirds of councillors feel they do not have enough funding to provide universal services for children and families.

Cost of childcare rises seven times faster than wages

New research has revealed that the cost of childcare for young children has risen more than four times faster than wages since 2008.

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