New bus in bath for reliable mobile library service

Bath & North East Somerset Council will take delivery of a brand new mobile library bus next year to improve its community library services.

£2 million for play opportunities in Wales

The Welsh Government has made £2 million available to help local authorities deliver play opportunities for children in their areas.

Panel to raise outcomes in North East of England

An expert group has been recruited to raise aspirations and create more opportunities for young people in the North East of England.

Children’s social care budget to increase in Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire County Council is pledging further investment in support of Oxfordshire’s most vulnerable children in its budget proposals.

Nearly 130 public libraries have closed in the last year

An annual survey of British libraries has revealed that almost 130 public libraries have closed in the last year in Britain.

One in three children need to be more active

One in three children currently complete less than 30 minutes of physical activity a day, which is half the government recommended time.

Review announced to improve the lives of autistic children

A new government review into services and support for autistic people will inform the new Joint Adults and Children Autism Strategy.

Looked after children to benefit from new mentoring schemes

The government has launched a national scheme between independent schools and councils to improve the offer they make to young people growing up in care.

MPs say more evidence needed for energy drink ban

MPs have claimed that quantitative evidence alone is not sufficient to warrant a statutory ban on energy drinks sales to children.

Government takes over children's services in Northampton

The government has taken over Northamptonshire County Council’s children's services department.

Developing the future of Cambridgeshire focus of plans

Cambridgeshire County Council has agreed funding of more than £30 million to develop four new clean energy schemes in the region.

School fruit and vegetable scheme needs revamp

The current school fruit and vegetable scheme needs revamping as it is failing in its mission to encourage young people to eat more fresh produce.

New roadmap for public libraries launched

A new initiative has been launched to explore different options for how libraries could be better funded and managed.

£15m to place children outside of Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire County Council has spent more than £15 million since the start of April placing children in care homes in other parts of the country.

£160m on school transport for SEND pupils

Councils spent more than £160 million last year on taxis and private hire vehicles to transport children with SEND to and from schools.

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