The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on the government to grant councils powers to direct academy schools to take in ‘hard to place' students, including those excluded from other schools.

Children’s charity Barnardo’s has revealed a rise of 78 per cent in recorded reports of child-on-child sex offences in England and Wales.

Libraries Minister Rob Wilson has told the new APPG for Libraries that local authorities will face government action if they cannot justify library cuts.

New analysis by the IFS has found that the government’s apprenticeship target for the public sector will not deliver value for money.

A report by the Fostering Network has warned that the UK’s fostering system is under ‘unsustainable strain’, and is only being held together by the ‘goodwill and commitment’ of foster carers.

Gill Furniss, Sheffield MP and Shadow Minister, will chair the re-launched All-Party Parliamentary Group for Libraries.

Professional people from working class backgrounds are paid £6,800 less than their colleagues from more affluent backgrounds.

Many local authorities are not providing the information that families with disabled children need to access childcare.

Minister for Faith and Integration Lord Bourne and the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has announced a £210,000 funding boost to be shared among Near Neighbours community projects in England.

Glasgow City Council has pledged to provide at least 10 per cent of its workforce to helping mentor vulnerable children and young people.

Council libraries should do more to encourage e-readers

A report from Better Connected, the annual survey of local authority website performance, has called on council library services to do more to make it easier for people to sign up and use their e-books, e-magazines and e-audio services.

Britain’s arts industry will play a key role in promoting the country abroad post Brexit, the Culture Secretary has said.

Education Secretary Justine Greening has announced a £50 million grant scheme to provide thousands of new childcare places.

In a speech to the Charity Commission, Prime Minister Theresa May has promised that the government will take an active role in tackling ‘everyday injustices’ and building a ‘shared society’.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has said that plans to boost apprenticeship funding in England will hit school budgets, with small council schools most ta risk, say town hall bosses.

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