Councils anticipating closure of childcare providers

More than half of local authorities believe local childcare providers will permanently close as a result of childcare support being withdrawn.

School funding boost confirmed for every local authority

The Department for Education has published school funding allocations going to every local authority in England.

Councils urged to scrutinise services for children in care

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman is urging councils to scrutinise services for children in care.

Pandemic prompts rapid shift to digital consultation methods

The rapid shift to online platforms has led to the majority of consultation professionals changing the way they engage with local communities.

Almost 400 free educational courses next year

As part of the Lifetime Skills Guarantee, tens of thousands of adults will be able to benefit from almost 400 free courses next year.

Spend on British libraries drops by nearly £20m

CIPFA has revealed that total spending on libraries in Great Britain decreased by nearly £20 million over the last financial year.

High needs system for further education is not working

A new report has claimed that the high needs system for further education is not working and requires a radical shake-up.

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.

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