Democracy Ambassadors to inspire political engagement

The Cabinet Office has unveiled a new programme aimed at inspiring school-age young people to engage with democracy from an earlier stage.

Young carers feeling lonely during summer

New research has revealed that nearly half of young carers are spending more than four hours a day during the summer caring for a relative.

NCS funding should go to local youth services

The Local Government Association says that current National Citizen Service funding should be devolved to local youth services.

Record high for severe obesity in 10 to 11-year-olds

Public Health England has reported that levels of severe obesity in children aged 10 to 11 years have reached the highest point since records began

Plans to remove commissioners from Rotherham Council

James Brokenshire has announced that the government will end the intervention into Rotherham Council three years after calling in inspectors.

Public sector staff to receive pay rises

Having announced similar plans last year, Theresa May has revealed wage increases for about one million workers in the public sector.

Proposals for school children to learn first aid

School children in England are to be taught first aid in a bid to give young people ‘the tools they need to be ready to thrive when they leave school’.

Referral and assessment 'lottery’ for autistic patients

The Liberal Democrats have revealed that children and adults in England can face a wait of more than two years for an autism assessment.

https://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/13144

The IFS has revealed that total school spending per pupil in England fell by approximately eight per cent in real terms between 2010 and 2018.

Government not learning from high-profile academy failures

In its rush to convert large numbers of schools to academies, the government has failed to learn the lessons from high-profile academy failures.

2.1 million children in England living in vulnerable families

Children’s Commissioner’s report estimates that one in six children in England are living vulnerable lives due to complex family circumstances.

Councils improve schools faster than academy chains

More schools that remained under council control have become a good or outstanding compared with those converted to a sponsor-led academy.

£2 million to aid Leicestershire’s children’s centres

Leicestershire County Council is planning to invest £2 million in a new Family Wellbeing Service to help keep more children’s centres open.

Bristol cabinet to consider proposal to keep all Libraries open

A report to Bristol City Council’s cabinet has recommended that all of Bristol’s 27 libraries should be retained.

Measures to halve childhood obesity announced

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced a range of new measures to cut childhood obesity in half by 2030.

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