The number of children’s services in England deemed inadequate at keeping children safe has doubled in one year.
Three out of four councils say the money they collect to pay for front-line services has dwindled.
Former Home Secretary Charles Clarke has warned that plans to overhaul how police forces are held accountable are ‘very dangerous to society’ and will ‘destroy’ efforts to tackle crime.
Council chiefs today accuse the children’s secretary, Ed Balls, of being “irresponsible” in his response to the death of Baby P
James Morris – “While the last 10 to 15 years in local government have been about performance management, the next wave will be about innovation”
Shocked MPs were yesterday told the Baby P tragedy was the tip of the iceberg
New figures spark fears for the fate of some of our most vulnerable young people
A council is to ban fast food outlets from opening within 400m of schools and parks as part of a drive to improve children’s health.
English Council tax bands are due to be reassessed at the beginning of the next Parliament to take account of changing house prices. The Tories say Labour is planning to count tree houses and other home improvements in the value of properties, pushing some up into higher bands
Schools have been banned from examining children’s birth certificates or photographs under new rules designed to stop middle-class pupils dominating places.