Dundee ‘sick to the teeth with austerity’ as council propose multi-million cuts to staff and services

13.02.19: Dundee City Council has put forward proposals to save £9m a year from its budget with plans to axe principal teachers in secondary schools and introduce new charges. With the council facing a budget blackhole of £19m prior to th...

More children ‘exposed to neglect or abuse’ due to government’s failures in understanding surge in children’s services

25.01.19: Children in need of help or protection are being exposed to neglect, abuse, or harm because of the Department for Education’s (DfE) lack of action and failure to understand the factors behind rapidly growing demand in children’s soci...

Norfolk County Council rubber-stamps plans to close 38 children’s centres amid fierce protests

23.01.19: Controversial proposals to close 38 children centres in Norfolk have been voted through by councillors after a six-hour meeting at County Hall. Protestors turned up outside the meeting, campaigning against the plans to close the majority of...

Fife Council scraps controversial P1 assessments despite harsh government opposition

14.12.18: Fife Council has announced that it will be scrapping the controversial standardised P1 assessments at the end of the current academic year. At an authority meeting yesterday, councillors agreed to withdraw from the P1 Scottish National Stan...

New children’s services commissioner takes over at Northamptonshire

30.11.18: The government has appointed a children’s services commissioner for Northamptonshire and issued a statutory direction to the county council requiring immediate improvement. The direction follows a damning report from Ofsted which said...

Council writes to parents warning of ‘unprecedented cuts’ to schools to tackle deficit

26.11.18: Parents in Falkirk have been warned there will “unprecedented cuts” to schools as the council faces a £29m budget deficit over the next five years. Falkirk council has asked secondary school headteachers to find £2.5...

Bucks County Council leader urges government to protect ‘life and death’ children’s services in merger

22.11.18: The government must ensure that ‘life and death’ children’s services are supported when the merging of council services for Buckinghamshire County Council, the authority’s leader has said. Speaking to PSE, Cllr Marti...

Welsh council with ‘little choice’ but to cut services in the face of £10m deficit

19.11.18: A Welsh council is facing a £10.5m budget blackhole on top of millions of savings already planned, with the unfunded pay award for teachers one of the reasons behind the growing deficit. Vale of Glamorgan Council has set out its initi...

Northamptonshire County Council slashes deficit by £10m, but services in ‘significant decline’

13.11.18: Savings made by the financially-challenged Northamptonshire County Council have reduced the local authority’s overall deficit by more than £10m since a section 114 notice was issued to the council in July this year. Council boar...

Cllr Cutts on dealing with children’s services pressures: ‘I can’t magic money out of the air’

26.09.18: The leader of Nottinghamshire County Council has outlined her priorities for dealing with soaring demand of children’s services and social care around the country, arguing that she cannot “magic money out of the air.” In a...

Mass children’s centre closures proposed for Norfolk County Council

18.09.18: A massive 46 out of 53 children’s centres could close under plans announced by Norfolk County Council in a bid to balance the books. Norfolk— who in July took an extra year to deliver savings to be “more realistic”&m...

Dorset council merger has ‘inhibited’ Bournemouth services improvements, Ofsted says

03.09.18: The upcoming merger that will abolish the existing nine current district Dorset councils and replace them with two unitary authorities has “inhibited” Bournemouth’s ability to deliver improvements to children’s services...

Commissioner to consider government takeover of ‘failing’ Wakefield Council services

22.08.18: The government has appointed a commissioner to review whether Wakefield Council should lose control of its children’s services after Ofsted inspectors found that they were inadequate across the board. In a statutory direction issued t...

School cuts coalition blasts education secretary over ‘dangerously inadequate’ SEND funding

18.06.18: Almost 40 local councils alongside trade unions have condemned the education secretary for insufficient funding for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). The School Cuts Coalition, a collective of major trade...

Hinds pledges £730m to create new school places

05.06.18: Councils are set to receive £730m to fund new school places, education secretary Damian Hinds has announced. Included in this is £630m of basic needs allocations to create the places needed by September 2021. The plans form part...

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