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.
Social workers wrote a report about Karen Matthews highlighting her “inability to successfully place the children’s needs above her own” three years before Shannon went missing.
The true scale of the maltreatment of children in the UK is revealed by child abuse experts today who say that one in 10 suffers physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect.
The head of children’s services in the London borough where Baby P died after months of persistent injury and neglect was dismissed from her post yesterday as the government responded to a damning report into the council’s failings.
A “Bank of Essex” is to be set up to help small businesses struggling to win investment because of the credit crunch, under plans being examined by the county council.
The LGC reports Merrick Cockell’s appointment as the new chairman of Localis
Shadow Local Government Minister Bob Neill MP reviews Big Ideas: Building on Conservative Fundamentals published by Localis. Neill backs its call to set Councils free
Tom Shakespeare, research fellow for Localis, gives an analysis of the future direction of local government