Laura Sharman

Calls to invest £240m in early years provision

30/10/2020

A quarter of early years providers in the most deprived local authorities could close by Christmas without additional funding, a new survey has revealed.

Childhood obesity rises again in past year

30/10/2020

Children living in the most deprived areas are more than twice as likely to be obese as those in the least deprived, new figures have revealed.

Councils urged to approve more self-build homes

30/10/2020

Councils should grant enough planning permission to meet local demand for self-build, the Government has said today.

Sturgeon unveils lockdown restrictions for every Scottish council

30/10/2020

Each council in Scotland has been told which coronavirus level they have been placed in, with none facing the toughest restrictions.

Record number of people claiming council tax discount

30/10/2020

Councils are facing costs of £586m due to the record number of people claiming council tax support this year, new analysis has shown.

Think tank proposes 10-point plan to reform business rates

29/10/2020

The valuation of business rates should be devolved to local government, under proposals published by the Centre for Cities.

Marcus Rashford honoured by Manchester City Council

29/10/2020

The City of Manchester Award has been given to Marcus Rashford in recognition of his work to extend free school meals during school holidays.

Nottinghamshire faces tougher Tier 3 lockdown measures

29/10/2020

The whole of Nottinghamshire will be placed under the toughest coronavirus restrictions from midnight Friday after a deal was reached between the Government and all nine local councils.

Funding allocated for thousands of new homes for rough sleepers

29/10/2020

More than 3,300 new long-term homes for rough sleepers will be delivered by the end of March 2021, the Government has pledged.

Rapid review into Croydon’s ‘dysfunctional governance’

29/10/2020

The Government is conducting a rapid review into Croydon Council, focusing on its government, culture and risk management.

Rural homelessness doubles in past two years, campaigners warn

28/10/2020

Homelessness in rural areas has more than doubled since 2018, new research from campaigners has warned.

Khan calls for further devolution of adult education funding

28/10/2020

The mayor of London has urged the Government to devolve adult education funding to the capital or risk undermining its long-term recovery from the pandemic.

Think tank calls for a 'family stimulus' boost

28/10/2020

A 'family stimulus' would help support hard-hit families through the pandemic, a new report has said.

Launch of £4m data project to transform Covid-19 research

28/10/2020

A multi-million pound research project will give scientists better access to data to help develop potential therapies and treatment for COVID-19.

Baroness Lawrence calls for urgent action to tackle structural racial inequalities

27/10/2020

Structural racism meant Black, Asian and minority ethnic people were disproportionately affected by the COVID pandemic, a new review has warned.

Council apologises following ‘serious’ issues with its financial situation

27/10/2020

Croydon Council has apologised after a report uncovered ‘serious concerns’ about it’s financial decision making and governance over a number of years.

MPs launch inquiry into local government finance

27/10/2020

An inquiry examining what approach Whitehall should take to funding local government as part of upcoming spending review has been launched by MPs.

New guidance to prevent care leavers becoming homeless

26/10/2020

Councils have been urged to identity care leavers that are at risk of becoming homeless, in new guidance published today.

Councils urged to appoint chief foresight officers

26/10/2020

Councils should appoint a ‘chief resilience officer’ to help respond to future crises, a report has argued.

Charity warns parents are struggling to cover school food costs

23/10/2020

Nearly one million children are living in households that are struggling to afford to feed their children during a school day, according to a new survey.

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