Fine-free libraries to begin in Leeds

As part of National Libraries Week, Leeds City Council has announced that it is abolishing all fines and ID requirements at its libraries.

Cambridge cuts carbon emission by quarter since 2015

Carbon emissions from the Cambridge City Council’s buildings, vehicles and services have fallen by just over 25 per cent since 2014-15.

Labour plans universal youth service

The Labour Party is announcing a bold vision for rebuilding youth services across the whole country.

New research into adolescent mental health

A £35 million government-backed research programme has been launched to give more support to teenagers battling with mental health issues.

Complaints about SEN at alarming level

Children with special educational needs and disabilities are increasingly being failed by the system designed to support them.

New support for foster families facing trauma

Gavin Williamson has launched fostering projects in 10 new locations to help boost their resilience and provide practical and emotional support.

More than 1,000 'outstanding' schools not inspected for decade

The BBC has reported that 1,010 'outstanding' schools in England have not been inspected for more than 10 years.

Schools funding favouring Tory-held constituencies

Conservative-held constituencies are the overwhelming beneficiaries of the Prime Minister’s increase in schools funding.

80 per cent of schools worse off under spending plans

The School Cuts coalition has revealed that four in five of England’s schools will be worse off next year than they were in 2015.

Further calls for mandatory sprinklers

Zurich Municipal is calling for urgent action by the government to improve fire protection in school premises.

Lower election age amid environmental crisis

The government should respond to environmental breakdown and help younger and future generations realise a more sustainable world.

Councils seen as 'recruiting sergeants' for drug gangs

Councils are acting as ‘recruiting sergeants’ for drug dealers by sending children to areas where they will be exploited.

Better routes home from school can tackle childhood obesity

80 per cent of the public would put an end to the school children discounts offered by unhealthy fast food outlets near schools.

Wave of students to take youth work qualifications

Hundreds of students will be able to pursue careers as youth workers thanks to a new £500,000 bursary fund from the Office for Civil Society.

Councils struggling financially to support SEND

The NAO has reported that many children with SEND are not getting the help they should as demand continues to rise.