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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...

Special educational needs funding needs to be more than ‘one-off cash injection’, councillors warn

29.05.18: Children with special educational needs require “significant, on-going and sustainable” funding building on from the government’s £50m pledge announced today, councillors have warned. The Conservatives announced the...

Government pledges £30m to support the nation’s youth across 10 projects

08.05.18: Ten projects across England have been granted investment as part of the Life Chances Fund which focuses on helping and encouraging the younger generation into employment. As part of an £83m project that provides young disadvantaged ch...

‘Neglected majority’ of young people are ‘badly let down’ by education system

27.04.18: A major funding boost is needed to get T levels off the ground, according to a report published today. According to the Resolution Foundation’s report ‘Technical Fault’, the proportion of people earning a degree by their late...

Govt risks wasting £600m of apprenticeship cash on ‘rebadged’ training courses

17.04.18: The introduction of the levy around this time last year has actually diminished the quality of apprenticeships, with the government now running the risk of dishing out £600m on courses that are incorrectly labelled as apprenticeships, Reform...

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The leader of Nottinghamshire County Council has outlined her priorities for dealing with soaring demand of children’s services and social ... more >
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