Sue Robb of 4Children talks to Julie Laughton and Alison Britton from the Department for Education about the role of childminders in delivering the 30 hours free entitlement.
Therese Coffey has been reappointed as Resources Minister within the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra), following the publicised appointment of Michael Gove as Environment Secretary.
The Suffolk Coastal MP will be responsible for: the natural environment, including biodiversity, the marine environment, and international wildlife trafficking; floods, water and waterways; resource and environment management; air quality; and rural life opportunities, covering rural childcare, education and skills, and health.
Following the General Election on 8 June, George Eustice was appointed as Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, while Lord Gardiner of Kimble remained as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity.
Defra’s 25-year plan for the environment, which was near completion prior to the snap election being called, should be released soon, barring any delay by Gove.
Coffey’s reappointment has been widely welcomed, but the same cannot be said for Gove. The former Education Secretary and Conservative leadership candidate’s previous voting history has been him oppose action against climate change, suggest watering down EU wildlife protection rules, and attempt to remove climate change from the school curriculum.
Accessibility is the name of this game. Web designers are getting better at addressing the issues, but general awareness of accessibility requirements is still low. This is worrying – websites that are not currently accessible are potentially breaching the Equality Act of 2010. One of the first places to look for help should be the Government Digital Service (GDS), which provides help, advice and guidance on legislation regarding accessibility.
It is surprisingly easy to start meeting the government’s accessibility requirements.
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