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.
The independent Industrial Strategy Commission has urged the government to commit to a universal basic infrastructure and tackle Britain’s regional imbalances.
The commission’s final report said that while an industrial strategy could not do everything everywhere it should seek ‘to do something for everywhere’, including providing every citizen with decent transport, schools, hospitals and digital access.
The report also urges for the introduction of a new independent expert body – The Office for Strategic Economic Management – based on the model of the Office for Budgetary Responsibility. Additionally, a new powerful industrial strategy division should be established in the Treasury to ensure the new strategy is driven from the centre and embedded across government.
Dame Kate Barker, the chair of the commission, said: “The UK’s people, places and industries have great strengths and untapped potential, but we must accept the reality that the economy also contains many long-established weaknesses.
“Industrial strategy needs to be embraced as a long-term plan to manage the economy strategically and embedded throughout government. If we get the new strategy right it can build on these strengths, tackle our weaknesses and above all have a positive, long-lasting impact on people’s everyday lives. This implies that sometimes it will be right to choose equity and long-term-gains over short-term efficiency.”
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.
The Emergency Services Show is the UK’s leading annual showcase of the blue light sector, featuring over 450 exhibitors, live demonstrations, unique learning opportunities and unrivalled networking.
Poppy Welch looks at the role of local authorities in setting a green driving agenda and the schemes available to councils across England