Public sector workers facing pay freeze

It has been reported that millions of public sector workers in England, with the exception of NHS workers, face a pay freeze next year.

Voting age lowered to 16 for local gov in Wales

A bill to reform local government elections, democracy, performance and governance has been passed in the Senedd.

A million young people could be missing full-time education

More than a million young people in England could be missing formal full-time education, fuelled by significant gaps in education legislation.

More than 19,000 jobs created by Kickstart Scheme

Over 19,000 job placements for unemployed young people have so far been created under the government’s £2 billion Kickstart Scheme.

Plans for further reduction in pollution at London schools

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced new plans to clean up toxic air at schools in the worst polluted areas of the capital.

Another u-turn as government funding free school meals

The government has announced that councils will be given new funding to ensure vulnerable households do not go hungry or without essential items.

Warning over lockdown's toll on children's mental health

The NSPCC has warned that increasing stress levels have taken a toll on the mental and emotional health of young people since March.

Devolve National Citizen Service funding, says LGA

The LGA has stressed that urgent investment in youth services is vital to help young people as the country enters a second lockdown.

Additional income needed to prevent nursery closures

A quarter of nurseries and childminders in deprived areas of England say they will not get by beyond Christmas without additional income.

Government should devolve more adult education funding

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has urged the government to commit to devolving further adult education funding to the capital.

UK play sector unites to keep playgrounds open

The UK’s leading bodies concerned with children’s play have joined together in a concerted effort to ensure that community play areas remain open.

Useless PPE spend could have covered free school meals

The money the government ‘wasted’ on unusable face masks could have all but paid for free school meals until next Easter, says Labour.

A million children under restrictions to lose free school meals

Nearly a million children living in areas that are subject to coronavirus restrictions are set to lose access to free school meals over the holidays.

Labour calls for holiday free school meals until Spring

Labour has called on the government to extend the provision of free school meals until the Spring – or face a Commons vote on the issue.

LGA calls for restoration of £1.7bn early intervention funding

Cuts to early intervention funding in the past decade must be urgently reversed as councils prepare for a surge in demand for support for young people.