£1.6 billion funding gap for SEND by 2020

The current SEND funding deficit could double to an estimated £806 million next year, possibly rising to £1.6 billion in 2020.

New support for children with special educational needs

Education Secretary Damian Hinds has announced that councils will receive £250 million to provide much needed SEND support.

Rough sleepers up 20 per cent since last Christmas

New figures show that levels of rough sleeping in the UK have risen by 20 per cent in just 12 months and doubled in the last five years.

Electric car chargepoints to be smart by July

All government funded home chargepoints for electric vehicles must use innovative ‘smart’ technology from July 2019.

Four in five older people will struggle to find social care

Research argues that only one in five local areas in the UK report having enough older people’s care to meet growing demand.

Leading Lights outshine the gloom (c) ViridianSolar

If the public sector learns from its solar successes this year, it could spark a bottom-up solar revolution in 2019, says Leonie Greene

Exploring air pollution and health

Clean air is expected to be a substantial part of the upcoming Environment Bill. Here, Pauline Castres looks at the urgent need for action

Greater asbestos awareness training needed

UKATA has encouraged all public sector employees to be asbestos-aware in order to better manage the ‘ticking time-bomb’ problem.

2.8 per cent cash increase for councils

Local government spending power will rise to £46.4 billion next year, James Brokenshire has announced.

Birmingham CC reveals how Clean Air Zone will function

Birmingham City Council has published how its Clean Air Zone will work, which is due to be implemented from January 2020.

Brexit uncertainty to negatively hit housing market

New survey suggests that ongoing uncertainty and gloom about Brexit are set to hit the UK housing market well into next year.

Drakeford confirmed as new Welsh first minister

Mark Drakeford has succeeded Carwyn Jones and has been confirmed as the new First Minister after a vote in the Welsh Assembly.

Reorganisation plans abandoned in Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire County Council has abandoned its reorganisation plans, which could have saved the authority millions each year.

Photo from The Street Zero Partnership

An innovative partnership entitled Street Zero has been launched on the streets of Newcastle to put an end to rough sleeping in the region.

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