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 Road Safety Foundation has urged the government to immediately spend £200 million to tackle its most ‘high risk roads’.
Every year, the charity identifies ‘persistently higher risk’ roads across the UK which average at least one fatal or serious crash per mile along their length in the three-year survey period and have shown no improvement between 2010-12 and 2013-15.
For example, the A537 from Macclesfield to Buxton, nicknamed locally the Cat and Fiddle, has been the most hazardous UK road six times out of the last 10 years. The Road Safety Foundation said the rate of death and serious injuries ‘remains unacceptable’ along the seven-mile stretch of road.
Conversely, the most improved road in the survey is a stretch of the A4151 in Gloucestershire where road crashes were reduced by nearly 90 per cent through simple attention to road engineering detail – signing, road markings, safe pedestrian crossings and the right speed limits in the right place.
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.
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