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Councils told to provide free school meals during half term

15/01/2021

Councils have been tasked with providing free meals to school children during half term week next month, prompting an outcry from the sector.

Starmer demands halt to ‘absurd’ council tax rises

11/01/2021

Labour leader Keir Starmer has called for central government to increase funding for local authorities to prevent council tax hikes.

Call for ‘urgent clarity’ on elections

06/01/2021

Speculation over whether local elections will take place in May as scheduled has been labelled ‘unhelpful’ by councils.

Councils resist pressure to reopen schools

04/01/2021

Scores of councils have raised concerns over the return of primary school pupils to classrooms amid soaring COVID-19 infection rates.

Kent facing days of disruption

23/12/2020

Kent CC is preparing for a Christmas of dealing with the fallout from the closure of the French border.

Labour announces ‘constitutional commission’ on devolution

21/12/2020

Leader Sir Keir Starmer said it will look at transferring more powers from Westminster to local leaders.

'Bitter disappointment' greets tiers review

17/12/2020

Millions more people are facing tougher restrictions from this weekend in an effort to curb a rise in COVID-19 cases in the east and south-east of England.

One in nine care workers not tested weekly

16/12/2020

A government pledge to test all care home staff every seven days is not being met, according to a survey published today.

London enters tier three restrictions

14/12/2020

The Government’s timetable for COVID-19 tier reviews has been pre-empted with the imposition of extra restrictions on London, Essex and Hertfordshire.

Boost to local test and trace funding

11/12/2020

The increase of up to £200m per month follows criticism from the National Audit Office.

Council drops COVID tier three legal challenge

09/12/2020

Stratford-on-Avon DC said new information had come to light following a response from the Government.

MPs savage abandoned £192m housing scheme

08/12/2020

A £192m affordable housing programme that failed to deliver any homes has been labelled ‘deplorable’ by the Public Accounts Committee.

Care home workers take vaccine priority over NHS

04/12/2020

Care home workers have been given top priority in the COVID-19 vaccination programme following a revision of Government guidance.

Secure children's home places 'inadequate'

02/12/2020

Young people are being ‘failed’ by a lack of places in secure children’s homes, research published today has revealed.

Croydon issues second Section 114 notice

02/12/2020

The council still faces a shortfall of £66m, 21 days after its first notice was issued.

Flood funding for councils may not be enough, watchdog finds

27/11/2020

The Government is unable to prove councils have enough funding for flood defences, a spending watchdog has discovered.

Spending Review: Public sector pay increase for low earners

25/11/2020

Public sector worker wage increases will be limited to the lowest paid, the chancellor has announced this afternoon.

PPE supply for care workers was 'inadequate'

24/11/2020

The social care sector was ‘left to fend for itself’ during the darkest days of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an investigation into supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE).

‘Forgotten city’ in plea for government aid

17/11/2020

The leader of Hull City Council has written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson to plead for additional support amid rising COVID-19 cases.

Ofsted warns of COVID impact on SEND support

09/11/2020

The pandemic has ‘seriously affected’ support for special educational needs an disabilities (SEND), according to Ofsted.

Sampling COVID’s impact on Surrey image

Sampling COVID’s impact on Surrey

Michael Coughlin describes how Surrey CC is developing a ‘rich and granular’ understanding of how its residents, communities and the local economy are being impacted by the pandemic.
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Mobilising the social care workforce

A continued drive towards more mobile public services is needed to help overcome social care challenges in the bleak winter months, says David McKinney.
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