Sue Robb of 4Children talks to Julie Laughton and Alison Britton from the Department for Education about the role of childminders in delivering the 30 hours free entitlement.
The National Association of Local Councils has pressed UK Finance, the trade association for banks, and its member banks to improve their services to local councils.
Representatives from NALC, the Lincolnshire and Norfolk associations of local councils met with UK Finance recently to make the case, following a groundswell of recent complaints from local councils to NALC of poor banking services across England. The types of complaint raised include continuous change requests to bank mandates, long waits and unresolved problems with telephone banking, and banks asking for all councillors on a council to become bank mandate signatories.
Following an extensive survey of its member councils on this issue by the Oxfordshire Association of Local Councils, NALC drafted and submitted a headline report on this matter to UK Finance.
Within the last couple of weeks, the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire associations of local councils have also sent NALC extensive survey summary results for their own bank's survey. NALC will summarise those results in a further report for UK Finance in early May and will request an update meeting with UK Finance at that point.
digitech21 will seek to demystify the increasingly complex technology landscape and will showcase a host of public sector best practice case studies and the very best solution providers, each of whom are helping organisations to transform and improve the way in which the public sector delivers services to the citizen.
Richard Farrell discusses the role that innovative technologies can and should play in enabling local authorities to guide and support citizens