‘Dementia tax’ will hit families in Midlands and North hardest

Labour saysthat the government’s ‘working-class dementia tax’ will disproportionately hit families in the Midlands and the North of England.

One in 10 families will struggle to cover basics this winter

New research on the cost of living crunch by Citizens Advice reveals one in ten families are facing financial crisis this winter.

National Transfer Scheme confirmed as mandatory

All local authorities with children’s services have been informed of the government’s intention to temporarily mandate the National Transfer Scheme.

Survey find staffing levels in care ‘dangerously low’

A new survey has found that nearly a third of care staff believe that staffing levels are getting worse and negatively affecting the care provided.

Elective home education rises by a third, say councils

The cumulative number of young people being electively home educated during 2020-21 was 34 per cent higher than 2019-20 totals.

Universities to drive up standards in local schools

Universities will be required to improve outcomes for disadvantaged children by driving up education standards in schools in the local community.

Councils may be forced to take child asylum seekers

Councils are to be forced to care for some of the unaccompanied asylum seeker children who have arrived via the English Channel in small boats.

UK’s EV revolution continues with new laws announced

New homes and buildings, as well as those undergoing major renovation, will be required to install electric vehicle charge points from next year.

Number of children in care could reach 100,000 by 2025

The number of vulnerable children being placed in council care could reach almost 100,000 by the middle of the decade.

£7 million to increase accessibility to volunteering

The government has launched a £7 million fund to help people access more volunteering opportunities across a range of sectors.

Plans unveiled to ban single-use plastics

Single-use plastic plates, cutlery, expanded and extruded polystyrene cups and food and beverage containers could all be phased out.

'Highest level of ambition’ needed for devolution

The CCN is urging the government to show the ‘highest level of ambition’ for devolution and levelling up in county and rural areas.

Social housing key to levelling up agenda

Shelter has warned that a failure to include social housing in the government’s upcoming ‘levelling up’ plan may escalate the housing emergency.

Restore child support to 2010 levels, say peers

More than a million vulnerable children in England have had their life chances reduced by cuts to early years and youth support since 2010.

925 cultural organisations supported by £107 million

Hundreds of arts, heritage and cultural organisations across England will receive a share of £107 million from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

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The Security Event is set to be the first major exhibition to take place in the sector when it opens its doors on 7-9 September 2021 at the NEC in Birmingham and for the first time it will also encompass the National Cyber Security Show.

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